United Way of York County honors those who make it happen

rsouthmayd@heraldonline.comMay 12, 2014 

Ellen Bradley, left, and Louise Eisenmann were presented 2014 Lifetime Employee Campaign Coordinator awards Monday during the United Way of York County’s Awards and Recognition Celebration at Brakefield at Riverwalk in Rock Hill.

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    The United Way of York County on Monday recognized dozens of volunteers and businesses at its 2014 Awards and Recognition Celebration, including:

    Good Shepherd Award – Bethel United Methodist Church

    Outstanding Employee Campaign Coordinator – Laura Smoake, Resolute Forest Products

    Agency of the Year – Serenity Club of York County

    Community Champion – CitiFinancial of Fort Mill

    Summit Award – UPS Customer Service of Rock Hill

    Caring Neighbor of the Year – Publix on Gold Hill Road

    Lifetime Employee Campaign Coordinators – Ellen Bradley and Louise Eisenmann

    Circle of Honor Awards – Adult Enrichment Centers, Allen Tate Realtors, American Red Cross Upper Palmetto Chapter, Atotech USA, Bank of America, Bernard N. Ackerman CPA, Boys & Girls Clubs of York County, Burns Chevrolet Cadillac, Caraustar, Carolinas HealthCare System, Carolinas Insurance & Investment Group, Citi Fort Mill, City of Rock Hill, Clover Community Bank, Clover school district, Comporium, Cytec Carbon Fibers, Daimler Trucks North America, Domtar Fort Mill, Domtar Rock Hill, Duke Energy Catawba Nuclear Station, FedEx Ground Fort Mill, First Citizens, Founders Federal Credit Union, Keystone Substance Abuse Services, Piedmont Medical Center, Piedmont Natural Gas, Pilgrims’ Inn, Publix on Gold Hill, Resolute Forest Products, Rock Hill Coca-Cola Bottling Co., Rock Hill school district, Safe Passage, SCBT, Serenity Club, Sonny’s Real Pit Bar-B-Q, Stanley Black & Decker, Target No. 1371, TD Bank, The Herald Media Group, The Start Group, The Tuttle Co., UPS, US Airways, Velux America, Wells Fargo, Wikoff Color Corp., WRHI-WRHM Radio, York County Government, York County Natural Gas, York County Regional Chamber of Commerce, York Technical College.

— The United Way of York County on Monday took time away from supporting agencies across the community to honor the people who make it possible at its annual Awards and Recognition Celebration.

“Through our agencies, we were able to support 44,000 individuals,” said James Jeter, development director. “Last year, we raised over $1 million.”

Donating money to the United Way is appealing to a lot of local companies because they can give to multiple agencies with one gift, he said. A panel of community members decide the funding level of each United Way agency.

Many companies have a “community impact model,” Jeter said, and donating to the United Way allows them to give back. Their support is invaluable, he said.

“It would be challenging for us to support our community partners without the funding and support of our local businesses,” Jeter said.

Many of these businesses also make sure that the United Way is not just well-funded, but also well-staffed with volunteers, whose time is often just as valuable as their dollar donations. But, Jeter said, the amount of support found in York County isn’t surprising.

“I really believe York County is a really giving place,” he said. “People understand the needs of our community and support our efforts to make this community a better place.”

Rachel Southmayd •  803-329-4072

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