Report to the Community
United Way of Washington County hosted its Annual Meeting on Thursday, June 25, 2015 at Fountain Head Country Club. The event gave 101 guests an update on the work of United Way and revealed the two highest recognitions for volunteers.
Current Chairman, Timothy Peters gave a presentation on the 2014-2015 work of United Way. This included an overview of campaign activities, initiatives and the community impact funding process. He was recognized by the Board of Directors for his service to the community and leadership for United Way.
To bring to light the relationship between agencies and United Way and the funding process, Reach Executive Director, Jodie Ostoich shared how being held accountable for the funds, to ensure the program is doing as it set forth to do, is actually something that she was happy to see. She also shared that a collaborative of four agencies are partnering to provide financial literacy programing. This is the first funded collaborative for United Way since adopting the community impact model. The four agencies, Reach, Community Action Council, W House and Habitat for Humanity will share a multi-year grant. With this funding cycle, United Way is giving multi-year grants to those receiving funding in the education and income focus areas. This is a pilot and will hopefully provide the agencies more stability and the ability to leverage more funding.
Stephanie Myers named Barnhart Winner
Stephanie Myers, First Data was awarded the Robert T. Barnhart Award for Service Excellence. This award is named to honor long-term volunteer Bob Barnhart, and was created to recognize an individual, team or organization that goes above and beyond expectations during Day of Caring, all while displaying a Live United spirit. The award is determined by Day of Caring volunteers who review nominations and then choose the winner. Ms. Myers was selected for her willingness to help out in any capacity to support the steering committee, staff and volunteers.
Stephanie Stone named Kagle Winner
Jesse L. Kagle, Jr., former executive director, served 24 years leading the way with a true sense of community spirit through his work with United Way of Washington County, MD. As a tribute to him an award called the Jesse L. Kagle, Jr. Award for Distinguished Volunteer Service was named in his honor. Since 1988, this has been awarded to someone who consistently demonstrates a desire to improve the community through their work with United Way. The award is determined by past Kagle award recipients who review nominations and then choose the winner.
The 2015 Jesse L. Kagle Distinguished Service Award, the highest volunteer recognition, was given to Stephanie Stone, community impact & investments chairman and director serving a second term. Those who nominated Stephanie said, “The implementation of the transition to the community impact model is a testament to her hard work with the volunteer teams who had to learn a new way of thinking about their role and her ability to act as a conduit from the CI teams and board.” Another said, “She is a wealth of knowledge about Washington County services. But, she doesn’t just know about them, she has worked with them and knows first-hand the services that they provide, the issues they address and the problems they face.” And finally, “Her commitment to the United Way mission was evident, as she led the CI Committee through the process with grace.”
New leadership giving levels were also revealed and include a special tribute to former director, Howard T. Rockwell who passed away in February, 2015.
The FY 16 Board of Directors were named including new additions: Chuck Eichelberger, First United Bank & Trust and Randy Scott, Chick fil A.
Sponsors included: Live United Partner - Michael G. Callas Charitable Trust, Community Investor - First United Bank & Trust, and Community Partners - Kellerstone Braker Insurance, Smith Elliott Kearns & Company, LLC, and The Columbia Bank.
Photography provided by Noel Williams.