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The First Tennessee Bank Foundation is celebrating its 150th anniversary by giving away $5,000 every day to a different nonprofit for 150 days. You can vote multiple times each day if you use different devices (iPad, PC, tablet, phone).
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As part of National Volunteer Week (April 6-12), United Way is joining with other organizations to recognize volunteers for the tremendous impact they have on this community.
Last year, more than 6,000 volunteers contributed more than 17,000 volunteer hours in 245 volunteer projects organized by the United Way Volunteer Center. The Volunteer Center works directly with corporations, faith communities, civic and community groups and individuals to organize meaningful volunteer projects in more than 80 United Way funded nonprofit agencies in this region.
Governor's Volunteer Service Award Winners Recognized Today
United Way's Volunteer Center participated in the Governor's Volunteer Service Awards, which honored ten local award winners this morning (April 8) at the United Way offices. United Way is the local administrator for the awards, which are overseen by the North Carolina Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service.
David English, a Union County Community Shelter volunteer, won the Medallion Award – the state's top volunteerism honor, one of only 20 given across North Carolina – for his work as a champion for the homeless and hungry in Union County. He serves as a board member for the Union County Community Shelter (UCCS) – a homeless shelter and soup kitchen. He also serves on the facilities committee, fundraising committee, assists with major shelter facility projects, and oversees the annual golf tournament fundraiser and other special events. He also serves as an avid fundraiser for United Way and the American Red Cross and is actively involved at his church, Central United Methodist, and as a volunteer with the City of Monroe Parks and Recreation and Union Academy Charter School. He has helped raise a quarter of a million dollars for the community. David will be in Raleigh on Monday (April 7) to participate in the Governor's Award luncheon and receive his Medallion Award.
Other Governor's Award winners included:
• Greg Moran – Allegro Foundation – a champion for children with disabilities, Greg has volunteered for more than ten years. As a one-on-one volunteer, he helps a child with movement instruction as well as being a great friend and mentor.
• Bill Gerhart – NC Med Assist (a nonprofit pharmacy program providing access to lifesaving prescription medications, client support, and advocacy) – a dedicated volunteer, Bill volunteers more than 100 hours a month to NC Med Assist. He helps with clerical work, medicine delivery, and more. He organizes medications and packages them for pick up to more than 15 clinics and 150 individuals through NC Med Assist.
• Charlie Diman – Pinewood Elementary - Charlie oversees the maintenance of the Pinewood School Gardens, which include 29 raised beds and 15 potted plants. He advises what the students should plant each season, secures the seeds and equipment needed, and takes each of the 34 classes to the gardens to demonstrate how to plant. He tends to the gardens and aids the teachers and students in the care and harvest of the plants. Charlie's service goes beyond teaching students how to garden, he shares experiences in an urban environment, and children learn about where food comes from and nutritional value. The produce is donated to Friendship Gardens and Friendship Trays.
• Scott Fletcher and Gene Vaughn – Girl Scouts Hornets' Nest Council - Scott and Gene played a key role in the development of the property for the Dale Earnhardt Environmental Leadership Campus at Oak Springs. From assessing it in its raw state, to identifying environmental needs and potential problem areas, to implementing processes and procedures to ensure the property functioned at its environmental best, they were critical in making the camp possible. Thanks to their efforts, girls and adults are able to experience the outdoors in an environmentally sound and safe space that provides opportunities to enjoy natural learning spaces and waterfront activities.
• Keith Anderson – Big Brothers Big Sisters – Since 2008, Keith has spent a lot of time doing a variety of things with his "little" including attending sporting events, helping with homework, and simply spending time together. Keith has helped his "little" improve his grades in school and improve his confidence. Keith and his "little" have formed a special bond and when Keith's first child was born, he called his "little" immediately and invited him to visit his "niece." Keith was honored as this year's Big of the Year and even with his own busy schedule and career as a doctor, he finds the time for his "little" - serving as a positive role model and mentor.
• Rodgers Builders - Florence Crittenton Services (FCS), a United Way funded agency - Rodgers Builders has been committed to serving the community through FCS for over 30 years. Rodgers has demonstrated determined and strong convictions toward the FCS mission "to promote health and hope for tomorrow's children by providing comprehensive health, educational, pregnancy prevention and social services for single, pregnant, and non-pregnant adolescents, women and their families." Rodgers has helped with facility projects and played a key role in the annual golf tournament. The late B.D. Rodgers and his wife, Pat, as well as other Rodgers employees, have served repeatedly on the Board of Directors, Board of Advisors and various Crittenton committees.
• World Mission Society Church of God - The World Mission Society Church of God has been actively involved in the Charlotte community carrying out various volunteer activities such as blood drives, environmental protection efforts, and park recreation beautification. The church has influenced many to do more to help neighbors in any way necessary.
• Vanguard - Vanguard's commitment to the Charlotte community is deeply ingrained in its culture. Vanguard's largest volunteer efforts are channeled through United Way of Central Carolinas. This commitment and emphasis on United Way of Central Carolinas allows Vanguard to focus deeply on the health and human service needs which make a greater impact on the Charlotte community. Not only did Vanguard participate in 40 done-in-a-day Day of Caring projects, with 270 volunteers donating 810 hours of service for a value of $17,933, they also lead volunteer efforts for the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program, My Classroom Economy financial education classes, All Cans on Deck summer food drive for children, and the Salvation Army sponsor a family.
Jamie Boll, news anchor with WBTV, presented the awards along with Sarah Degnan, individual volunteer coordinator with United Way. Jane McIntyre, executive director of United Way, gave opening remarks.
On Sunday, April 6, the United Way of Central Carolinas held a board and campaign chair reunion from 3-5 p.m. at the United Way offices (301 South Brevard Street). More than 50 attendees took part in the reunion that brought together former board and campaign chairs, as well as current board members, Legacy Society Foundation members, and leadership level supporters.
Carlos Evans, Wells Fargo's Commercial Banking executive for the Eastern region, and his wife, Lisa, hosted the event. Evans served as United Way's board chair in 2009 and has been a long-time supporter of the United Way. During the event, Jane McIntyre, executive director for United Way, presented Evans with a board gavel for his tremendous support over the years. Evans is scheduled to retire from the banking industry in May.
The event provided an opportunity for supporters to view the new giving walls and Legacy Society recognition in the United Way lobby. Guests also had an opportunity to reminisce as they viewed the new "gallery" of board and campaign chair photos from 1931 to 2014.
Celebrating National Volunteer Month, Annabelle Suddreth of A Child's Place and Sarah Degnan of the United Way Volunteer Center discuss the impact a volunteer can have on a child in need. You can watch the full Living United broadcast here on our YouTube page.