United Way honors leaders, givers at annual meeting
United Way recognized companies and people who donated their money. Goodyear, for example, raised a total of $262,115, making it the largest business donor. Twenty-three local businesses that had 100 percent of their employees donate to United Way also were honored.
Individuals who donated more than $1,000 were honored as members of the Leadership Givers Society. The society is divided into five separate societies, in ascending order based on the size of the donations: red, silver, gold, Builders and Alexis de Tocqueville.
Alexis de Tocqueville Society members were honored as donating $10,000 to the United Way. Two couples, Devan and Hilda Lowe and Willie and Charlotte Maise, earned that distinction.
There are 230 leadership givers, and their donations accounted for 25 percent of the campaign.
United Way also highlighted some of its programs, such as the Young Leaders Society, the Day of Action and the Safety Net.
The Young Leaders Society is designed to help people ages 21 to 45 get involved in assorted philanthropic efforts through the United Way.
The Day of Action, in which people volunteer a half-day of their time, took place in June. Four hundred volunteers, 29 nonprofit agencies and 44 companies did things like collect items that other nonprofits needed or hold sports camps manned by high school coaches and athletes.
The Safety Net was celebrated as a program designed to help individuals during times of crisis, such as assisting victims of tornadoes or helping homeless adults or teens find a place to stay.
"Our Safety Net partners catch us when we fall," Program Director Susan Carter said. "(It will) help stabilize a family which, in turn, helps our community."
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