United Way honors volunteers, donors

HOWLAND, Ohio (WKBN) – Volunteers and workers that helped to make United Way projects succeed in Trumbull County were honored Thursday.

The 91st annual meeting of the United Way of Trumbull County was held at Leo’s Ristorante in Howland.

The efforts of volunteers, contributors and service providers were highlighted during the program.

The General Motors Complex and UAW Local 1112 and UAW Local 1714 presented a check to the organization, representing their contribution to the 2013 campaign.

“We are going to implement practices that will allow us to report back to the community more frequently and in a better way, how their funds and donations are being used to benefit Trumbull County residents,” said Ginny Pasha, president of United Way Trumbull County.

Glen Johnson, Rob Morales, Karen Eusanio and Jeremy Wilson, who are representatives from United Auto Workers 1112 and 1714, were recognized in the GIVE category as the largest contributors to United Way of Trumbull County.

Also honored under the United Way GIVE category were:

  • Hill, Barth & King, which was honored for having the largest amount of contributions per employee
  • Niles Community Center for having the greatest per employee contribution by a United Way funded partner
  • Penn Care for having the largest new contribution by a for-profit company
  • Area Agency on Aging District 11 for largest new contribution by a non-profit company
  • Warren Area Board of Realtors for greatest increase in giving over last year. Their gifts increased by $5,492. A special award went to Northwood Realty, whose support of United Way increased by $2,311.

ADVOCATE awards went to the company and/or individual who advocates for support of United Way and those who receive the agency’s services. These awards were given to:

  • Greenwood Chevrolet, which was recognized for its support of United Way campaigns over the past two years with gifts of Chevy Cruzes to use as campaign incentives.
  • Huntington Bank, which was recognized for its ongoing Stuff the Bus campaign that assures students in Trumbull County have backpacks to begin the school year.
  • O’Reilly Auto Parts, which was recognized for its Second Semester School Supply Drive that collects school supplies for students to finish out the school year.

VOLUNTEER awards were given to the company and/or individual who contributes a significant amount of time and effort to benefit United Way. These awards went to:

  • The United Way at Work team from Trumbull Memorial Hospital. Seven volunteers from the hospital cleaned an elderly woman’s yard under very difficult circumstances.
  • Tony DiTomasso of the Western Reserve Building Trades, who built the agency’s campaign thermometer, which was placed outside the YMCA in downtown Warren.
  • RTI United Steelworkers Local 2155 and Ohio Edison IBEW Local 1194 for conducting food drives at their shops to benefit the AFL-CIO food pantry.

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