The director of the United Way of Onslow County is leaving the organization but taking with him a sense of pride in the job he did there.

Craig Wagner announced this week that after seven years, it's time for him to move on. His last day will be June 30. 

“Having never previously secured grant funding prior to my start, in just three years we were awarded over $189,000 in new dollars. Related to this growth, United Way historically employed just two staff members, the executive and a finance director, that I was able to grow to six staff through new funding partnerships,” Wagner said in a press release announcing the decision.

He cited growth at the agency during his tenure that includes: 

• The CHEW Program (Children Health Eating on Weekends) as a pilot with 10 students, growing to 487 students in 3 years.

• A volunteer and nonprofit resource center that saves area nonprofits more than $3 million annually in “sweat equity.”

• The area’s first disaster relief fund to assist local victims of natural disasters with short-term relief and long-term recovery.

• NC 2-1-1, a 24/7 information and referral line used by more than 2,500 people annually who have housing, food, child care and other human service needs.

• A rapid rehousing program that helped decrease in childhood and veteran homelessness.

“All of our accomplishments simply demonstrate the enhanced relationships and prominence United Way has gained in our community, not just through my leadership, but the countless hours community partners, volunteers, and board members have invested in order to help local neighbors in need,” Wagner said. “It is through their efforts that I recognize our shared vision has been successful and serves as a legacy I’m proud to leave behind.” 

In a Facebook post on the pending change, Wagner said he is looking to pursue new opportunities outside the public service arena and is still weighing his professional options.

In the meantime, the organization will accept cover letters and resumes for the position through May 31. Information is online at