2018 Local Volunteer Week Award Winners Announced

(Canton, OH) April 10, 2018 – Forty-four years ago, National Volunteer Week was established to recognize friends, neighbors, colleagues and family members who generously contribute their time and talent to help our community thrive. United Way of Greater Stark County and Gatehouse Media collaborated on a special newspaper insert that will be published April 10th inthe Canton Repository, acknowledging volunteers who go above and beyond. Volunteer categories included: Youth Leadership, Collaboration of the Year and Volunteer of the Year.

“Engaging in community service helps individuals learn first-hand the needs of the community, and how to make an impact” says United Way of Greater Stark County President and CEO Maria Heege. “Volunteering enables local residents to take on new challenges, learn new skills and gain confidence. We appreciate and honor all of the amazing, local heroes who selflessly contribute their time and talent.”

Youth Leadership Winner: Fourteen-year-old Bradley Mull was nominated by William J. Lemmon of Lemmon Development for his involvement with Hope Outreach Ministries. He focuses his civic work efforts on providing necessary items to people in need by collecting blankets and clothing for the homeless and donating food for the less fortunate.

Collaboration of the Year Winner: Progress4TheCure was nominated by Tom Schmidt of Production Management for their work raising and donating nearly $50,000 since 2015 to the Breast Cancer Departments of Aultman Hospital and Mercy Medical Center. The collaboration consists of volunteers from Progressive Chevrolet, Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram in Massillon.

Volunteer of the Year Winner: Sharan Paul was nominated by Rachel Paul for seeing a need and creating a 24-hour hotline for victims of violent crimes. Holding Hands is a free service and offers victims the help they need to recover after a violent crime. 234-458-1545

The insert will also feature an article about Molly McDougal, volunteer Chair of United Way of Greater Stark County’s Young Leaders Society, who believes that there’s nothing more important than giving back to the community because we are all in this together. She says “I am constantly surprised by how many incredible people I meet through United Way. Everyone is extremely invested in this community and has a story to share about why this organization means so much to them. My life has been irreversibly changed by the young people I’ve talked to during speed networking, the volunteers I’ve worked alongside at fundraising events and the passionate staff at United Way that makes it all happen.”

Learn more about volunteering within the community at www.uwstark.org/get-involved/volunteer or contact Laura Prengaman, United Way’s Director of Corporate and Volunteer Engagement: 330-491-9953 or [email protected].

About United Way of Greater Stark County
United Way of Greater Stark County fights for the health, education and financial stability of every person in every community. We win by living United. By forging unlikely partnerships. By finding new solutions to old problems. By mobilizing the best resources. And by inspiring individuals to join the fight against their community’s most daunting social crisis. Our mission is to improve lives by mobilizing the caring power of our communities in Greater Stark County. In order to live better, we must live United. For more information about United Way of Greater Stark County visit www.uwstark.org. Offices are at 401 Market Avenue North, Suite 300, Canton, Ohio 44702. (330) 491-0445.