Submit Your Family-Friendly Workplace Award Nomination Today

(Stark and Carroll Counties, OH) July 13, 2021 – United Way of Greater Stark County’sWomen United is currently accepting nominations for the fifth annual Family-Friendly Workplace Awards at . The deadline to submit nominations is Friday, August 27.

“Adopting family-friendly policies has proven to be a smart investment that improves productivity, increases job retention, and promotes gender diversity and balance,” explains United Way of Greater Stark County’s President & CEO Maria Heege. “These policies cultivate supportive environments and contribute to the success of the company. We celebrate our community’s continual commitment to improving work-life balance and look forward to seeing more companies adopt programs that will enhance their employee and employee’s family’s lives.” 

Women United will recognize three Stark and/or Carroll County workplaces for creating Family-Friendly Workplaces and sustaining these policies during the COVID-19 pandemic. Award recipients will be honored during a luncheon on October 19 at Kent State University at Stark Conference Center.

The awards recognize local workplaces that go beyond what is legally required to help employees balance work and life. Family-friendly policies result in higher customer satisfaction, increased cost savings and profits, higher return on investment and reduces absenteeism. Examples of family-friendly policies include: flextime, child care and elder care, telecommuting, job sharing, tuition for employees, family medical leave, paid parental leave for birth or adoption of children, employee and family health benefits, tuition for employees, flexible emergency leave with pay, employee assistance programs, family-oriented events, and scholarships for employees’ children.

“For many years, Women United has tried to create opportunities for supporting the emotional and intellectual growth of women and young children, with a focus on moving families out of poverty,” says Amy Mast, Women United Chair. “Work and family responsibilities are inextricably linked for many employees. These policies are smart, equitable solutions that make a positive difference in the community.”

Previous award recipients include Synchrony Financial, Buckeye, Massillon Museum, MAC Trailer, CommQuest Services, Inc., The Karcher Group, TimkenSteel, Employers Health, Schauer Group, Aultman Health Foundation and Domestic Violence Project, Inc.

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About Women United

In each community they serve, Women United tackles the issues that matter most to the people who call it home.  They are a community of like-minded women who contribute their personal passions, inspired ideas, and unique strengths to the mission of building stronger communities. They create opportunities to network and collaborate with key business and community leaders at exclusive events.  Learn more about the key issues impacting our community, advocate at the local and state level and become part of meaningful, global progress with Women United.  More information is available at

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 .