Service Awards

Each year, United Way of Greater Stark County recognizes individuals who demonstrate an outstanding commitment to service through three categories of awards: Gold Key Service, DeHoff Emerging Philanthropist and Inspired Youth.

These awards spotlight the individuals who go above and beyond in their work to transform our community one service hour at a time.

We are accepting nominations for the following awards until Friday, Jan. 28, 2022:  Gold Key Service and DeHoff Emerging Philanthropist. Please submit your nomination below.

Gold Key Service
DeHoff Emerging Philanthropist

2021 Award Recipients

  • Ryan Miller, Co-owner, Deli Ohio
  • Scott Hamilton, Director of Operations, Quality & Engineering, Polymer Packaging / Scott and Edie Hamilton Foundation
  • Dr. Teresa Purses, President, Stark Education Partnership
  • Gavin Clay

Gold Key Service Awards

Since 1961, United Way of Greater Stark County has recognized community leaders and volunteers for the positive impact they have in the local community.

Gold Key Service Awards recognize individuals who have continually demonstrated the highest degree of personal dedication and service in a voluntary capacity.

All Gold Key Recipients

DeHoff Emerging Philanthropist of Stark County Award

Established in 2010, United Way of Greater Stark County's DeHoff Emerging Philanthropist Award has recognized a community volunteer, age 45 and under who impacts their community through direct service and volunteer work.

This award honors two of United Way’s most dedicated campaign volunteers. Bob and Linda DeHoff have been involved in numerous fundraising initiatives benefiting the residents of Greater Stark County and received The Association of Fundraising Professionals' Outstanding Philanthropist Northeast Ohio Award in 2017. More information here.

Through the generosity of the DeHoff family, the recipient will receive $5,000 to be donated to the winner's charity of choice (must be a 510 (c) 3 nonprofit health & human services organization). The selected recipient and nominator should plan to attend the United Way of Greater Stark County Annual Meeting, Spring 2020, where the selected recipient will be formally recognized.


United Way of Greater Stark County wants to recognize the extraordinary contributions of young individuals, 18 and under, who are not only volunteering their time and skills to better the community in the areas of health, education and financial stability, but also inspiring others to join in the efforts, creating the 'multiplier effect'.