New MUFFY director begins duties

The new leader of Montgomery United Fund For You wants to bring new energy to the annual campaign and involve more people in the mission to serve local nonprofit agencies.

Terry Armstrong, 63, began his duties Monday as MUFFY’s executive director, coming aboard as the organization gears up for its campaign kickoff this fall. He replaces David Johnson, who left in June.

A licensed social worker, Armstrong’s experience includes directing residential care facilities and counseling children and families. He has lived in or near Montgomery County since 1980.

MUFFY is seeking to revitalize fundraising efforts, bringing on new partners and board members to support services for youth, seniors, families in need and other causes. This year, $300,000 was split between 17 partner agencies from money raised in last year’s campaign.

The organization gave an additional $12,000 to donor-designated agencies.

“We just want to be very community responsive,” Armstrong said, adding the organization wants to help identify and meet needs in the community.

Armstrong has been meeting with each partner agency as he transitions into the new role. He spent Wednesday morning at Ability Services Inc.

“All of them, so far, have been high-quality individuals doing a great job,” he said. “And I’ve just really been impressed.”

Armstrong most recently served as a family consultant for Lifeline Youth and Family Children Services. For 25 years, he was director of programs at ResCare Residential Services in Greencastle, where he worked with juvenile delinquents.

He earned a bachelor’s degree in social work and criminal justice from Anderson University and his master’s from Indiana State University.

In applying for the MUFFY position, Armstrong said he wanted to stay involved in social services without the demands of day-to-day client care.

The board of directors selected Anderson after narrowing down a pool of about 25 applicants, said president Kathy Brown.

“We’re very, very excited to have him as part of MUFFY,” Brown said. “He brings a very strong direct service background.”

For more information on MUFFY or to donate, call 765-362-5484.