2022 Gold Key and DeHoff Emerging Philanthropist Community Volunteer Award Nominations Now Open

(Stark and Carroll Counties, OH) December 16, 2021 – Nominations are now open for United Way of Greater Stark County’s 2022 Gold Key Service and DeHoff Emerging Philanthropist awards. Deadline for submissions is Friday, January 28, 2022 at noon.

United Way is proud to recognize residents who demonstrate the highest level of dedication and service to the community.

“Today is the day to honor an inspirational volunteer in your life,” says Maria Heege, United Way of Greater Stark County’s President & CEO. “Someone who brings positive change, inspiration and motivation to our community. This is your friend, family member or co-worker who has that special spark of giving back. Let us know how proud of them you are because they deserve to be recognized. Help us promote the good work going on in our neighborhoods.”

Gold Key Service Award: For sixty one years, United Way’s Gold Key Service Awards have recognized community leaders and volunteers for their positive impact via work through United Way initiatives, collaborations, partner programs or through the established United Way impact areas of health, education and financial stability. These individuals have continually demonstrated the highest degree of personal dedication and service in a voluntary capacity. Awards recipients from last year: Scott Hamilton, Director of Operations, Quality & Engineering, Polymer Packaging/Scott and Edie Hamilton Foundation; and Dr. Teresa Purses, President of Stark Education Partnership. uwstark.org/goldkeyaward

DeHoff Emerging Philanthropist Award: For twelve years, United Way’s DeHoff Emerging Philanthropist Award has recognized a community resident, age 45 and under, who takes personal action to positively impact our community through direct service and volunteer work. Through the generosity of the DeHoff family, the recipient of the award receives $5,000 to be donated to a health and human services 501(c)(3) organization of the award recipient’s choice. The award honors two of United Way’s most dedicated campaign volunteers, Bob and Linda DeHoff, who have been involved in numerous fundraising initiatives benefitting Stark County residents. The couple received a Gold Key Service Award in 2006 and The Association of Fundraising Professionals’ Outstanding Philanthropist Northeast Ohio 2017 Award. Some of the past award recipients include Ryan Miller, Co-owner of Deli Ohio; Alexis Nicholis Coon, Executive Director, Massillon Museum; Angela Palomba, Executive Director, The First Tee of Canton; and Cyrus Ausar, Chief Executive Officer, A Wise Way. uwstark.org/dehoffaward

Individuals who receive a Gold Key or DeHoff award will be invited to attend United Way’s Annual Celebration in March 2022, where they will be presented with their awards.

For more information regarding these awards, please visit uwstark.org/service-awards

About United Way of Greater Stark County
For nearly 100 years, United Way of Greater Stark County has served Stark and Carroll Counties. During that time, we have continued to build a better, equitable community where every person has the potential for a healthier life, a better education and more financial stability. We look to the future through our investment priorities, which ensure our community will have the foundation it needs to thrive: Access to Health, Childhood Success, Youth Success, Economic Mobility and Basic Housing Needs. With the support of volunteers, community partners and donors, we invest donor dollars efficiently and effectively into local community programs serving the most critical needs. Learn more at uwstark.org.