United Way marks 90 years
HOWLAND – More than 150 community leaders and volunteers gathered for the 90th annual meeting of the United Way of Trumbull County, which has helped meet the needs of residents throughout the county.
A?display at the recent event held at Leo’s Ristorante highlighted the 90 years of the agency, which showed its appreciation by recognizing the volunteers and contributors who helped in the past year despite the tough economy.
John Guarnieri, chairman of the United Way board of directors, said that while fundraising is the lifeblood of the United Way, it is not the only function.
“Success is not measured merely by the dollars raised or the number of clients served, it is the results, the lasting outcomes that can be achieved for the betterment of the community,” he said.
The recent campaign’s message was “Give, Advocate, Volunteer – Live United.”
Michael O’Brien, campaign 2012 chairman, said the campaign team was able to raise more than $805,000. He said 20 organizations conducted their initial campaigns on behalf of the United Way’s network of service providers. He said 34 firms and organizations achieved increases of at least 10 percent and 11 firms generated increases of 25 percent or more.
O’Brien presented more than 60 individuals, companies, employee groups and labor unions with awards in recognition of their significant accomplishments.
“As campaign chair, I enjoyed working with so many caring people who answered the call to action,” O’Brien said.
The highest campaign honor went to Trumbull Mobile Meals, which received the Campaign Chairman’s Award for attainment of the highest percentage of employee giving potential and to Family and Community Services for attaining the highest percentage increase based upon employee giving potential.
Special recognition was given to Greg Greenwood Chevrolet for the donation of a 2013 Chevrolet Cruze as part of a regional United Way contributor incentive promotion, LensCrafters for its “Gift of Sight” program and Huntington National Bank for its “Stuff the Bus” school supplies program.
Community leaders elected as officers and members of its board of directors and trustees are Fran Cunningham, board chair; Cathy Saluga, first vice chair; Michael O’Brien, second vice chair; Michael Buzulencia, secretary, and Jerry McGee, treasurer.
“Our United Way can take pride in many accomplishments during its 90 years. … Over the years, our community has relied upon us to provide practical solutions to difficult social problems and we responded impressively. … Indeed, community impact has been the guiding principle underlying the accomplishments of the past year,” Guarnieri said.
He said although there have been many changes in the past few years, the core principles and fundamentals to the United Way’s 90-year history remain firmly intact.
“And like the leaders of the past, we too know that success is not measured merely by the dollars raised or the number of clients served, it’s the results, the lasting outcomes that can be achieved for the betterment of our community,” Guarnieri said.