(Stark and Carroll Counties, Ohio) March 5, 2021 – United Way of Greater Stark County and The Canton Repository come together yearly to recognize some of the volunteers who impact our community, inspire others to serve and create meaningful change.
“2020 redefined what it means to be a volunteer. People were innovative and found new ways to support their neighbors in their time of need,” says United Way of Greater Stark County President and CEO Maria Heege. “Volunteers adapted to the unique needs of their community. We are very fortunate to have so many civic-minded and socially aware people who donated their time to help strengthen our neighborhoods. If you know someone who created meaningful change in their community in 2020, please nominate them today so we can recognize and celebrate them for their selfless acts.”
April 18-24 is the 47th anniversary of National Volunteer Week. This special week is an opportunity to recognize the impact of friends, neighbors, colleagues and family members who generously contribute their time and talent to help our community thrive. We use this week to celebrate their spirit of volunteerism and their power to come together, especially through the 2020 pandemic, and tackle tough challenges to build stronger, more resilient neighborhoods. This week reminds us to acknowledge the people and their causes that inspire them to serve. We honor and appreciate the volunteers who lent their time, talent and voice to help their neighbors in 2020.
Eligibility requirements: resident of Stark or Carroll County, Ohio; provided essential organizational assistance in 2020; demonstrated innovation in transforming our community; shown outstanding volunteer leadership initiative; exemplified his or her dependability; significant, hands-on participation and involvement; and made a positive impact on results.
This award honors the volunteers who faced the challenges of lockdown and social distancing, to prevail and support their fellow humans. People stepped up to deliver groceries to the elderly, bring meals to front-line workers, assemble children literacy kits, provide online tutoring, sew face masks, answer phones from people in crisis, donate medical supplies, and much more.
Nomination submission for Volunteer Week closes out Mar 26 at noon. Volunteer awards are then reviewed by a committee comprised of Canton Repository and United Way of Greater Stark County members. Nominators of selected nominees will be contacted to supply a picture of the nominee volunteering in action, a bio and agencies where their volunteering took place. Award recipients will be honored with a certificate of recognition and gift basket, as well as in print and online during Volunteer Week 2021.
Take the time to nominate a co-worker, friend or family member who selflessly volunteered in 2020 to help neighbors get through the pandemic. Nominate today: uwstark.org/national-volunteer-week
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 the quality of life in our communities by leading in the development of solutions to critical social issues in the areas of health, education and financial stability. In order to live better, we must live United. For more information about United Way of Greater Stark County visit uwstark.org. Offices are at 401 Market Avenue North, Suite 300, Canton, Ohio 44702. (330) 491-0445.