February 14, 2006
Media Contact: Michelle Wade
NEW HAVEN, Conn., February 14, 2006 – United Way of Greater New Haven honored local organizations and volunteers at their annual Community Spirit and Volunteer Recognition Awards luncheon at 500 Blake Street.
An enthusiastic crowd of over 350 attended the event which was emceed by Veronica Douglas of News Channel 8 and UPN 9.
The event recognizes local organizations and volunteers who exhibit their support throughout the year to further the goals of United Way of Greater New Haven. The awardees demonstrated their support in various and equally important ways. From partnering with United Way around specific issues such as early childhood education, to running highly successful workplace fundraising campaigns, to encouraging volunteerism among employees, United Way rang the bell for companies and individuals who work to make a difference in this community.
Community Champions: Those local organizations that recognize, support and fight for the health and well-being of our community. They encourage a sense of ownership around our most critical issues and they believe they can make a difference.
The Bilco Company Quinnipiac University
Citizens Bank South Central CT Regional Water Authority
Hubbel Sargent Manufacturing
Knights of Columbus The United Illuminating Company
New Haven Fire Department West Haven Community House
New Haven Register Yale College Council
New Alliance Bank
Youth Leadership Award: Awarded to local organizations or individuals which believe in the potential of our young future leaders and the importance philanthropy holds as a value of successful leadership.
The Community Foundation For Greater New Haven Town Fair Tire
Bill Graustein Youth Philanthropy Project
Rick Mayer of the JFM Foundation
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Campaign Coordinator of the Year: This person exemplifies leadership skills and strong commitment to improving lives through the successful management of their annual workplace campaign.
Carol Blake – Hubbell
Community Impact Award: Recognizes local organizations that demonstrate a desire to create lasting change in people’s lives and in the community.
Greater New Haven Chamber of Commerce Leadership Center
Town of Orange Community Services Department
Youth of the Year Award: Recognizes young citizens, 18 years or younger, who have demonstrated a strong sense of community responsibility through activities and/or projects that contribute positively to the community.
Mike Yegarian of Wallingford
Community Partner Award: Community Partners understand that by working together we are stronger and more powerful than standing alone. They embrace their roles in community change, sometimes as leaders, sometimes as supporters.
The Community Foundation For Greater New Haven New Haven School Readiness Council
News Channel 8 and UPN 9 U.S. Surgical
Spirit of Caring Award: Recognizes an organization where core values and every day actions inside and outside the workplace exemplify a sense of responsibility and concern for others.
Yale-New Haven Hospital
Building a Legacy Award: Recognizes an organization or individual who looks to the future and works to brighten that future by the actions and measures they take today.
Chairman’s Award: Acknowledges a company that consistently exhibits and encourages excellence in community responsibility and promotes a culture of volunteerism among employees.
Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield
Volunteer of the Year: This individual embodies the spirit of civic engagement through their dedication of time and talent to the highest goal of improving lives and building a stronger community.
Judith Dozier-Hackman – Associate Dean, Yale College
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About United Way:
United Way mobilizes the caring power of our community to create measurable, sustainable change and to improve lives. To do this we: help identify our region's greatest needs and best opportunities for change; raise dollars and invest those dollars for results; connect people to their caring through volunteer opportunities.
More information about United Way of Greater New Haven's community leadership and how you can help can be found at http://www.uwgnh.org/.