2018 Reception Awards


Last week, United Way held it’s annual reception to honor major donors and active volunteers in our community. Throughout the year, our team gets the pleasure of working with so many amazing individuals and companies. 

However, at this event, we like to take the time to recognize leaders who have gone above and beyond the call of duty — leaders who exemplify the spirit of giving through their time, advocacy, spirit.

Cornerstone Award – SMUD, a company who made volunteerism and community engagement part of its culture. 

Founded the same year as our United Way, SMUD has been a loyal partner for decades.  Through donations and volunteer hours, they have proven their commitment to helping people in need in the Sacramento Region. Their employee giving campaign has raised over $300,000 this year with over 700 employee donors! Since 2000, they have raised over $4.5 million through UWCCR campaigns as well as donating thousands of volunteer hours to support our region.  Thank you SMUD for being a steadfast supporter for so many years.  

Boje Price Award for Outstanding Volunteerism – Carolyn Mullins, a volunteer who has embodied community leadership.

She truly embodies the qualities of a servant leader.  Over her 18 years as donor and 12 years on the board, she has worked tirelessly to support our mission and move United Way forward. She served board chair from 2012 to 2014 and now lead the Board Development Committee  In her capacity, she has helped strengthen and increase board engagement. Carolyn, thank you for all of your dedication to our community!

Women United Member of the Year – Andrea Shipley 

As a section manager for UPS, Andrea Shipley not only leads her team in the office but also as a shining example of leadership within the community.  She has been invested in United Way since 2001, a WU member since 2006, and a board member since 2017. She is a constant advocate for the foster youth we serve and is truly a champion in creating a vibrant community. Thank you, Andrea, for all that you do. 

Young Leaders Society Member of the Year – Creston Whiting-Casey 

Member since 2016, and now serves as the chair on the Leadership Council. He is working to expand our reach through partnerships with other young professional’s groups and deepen our engagement with current YLS members. Creston leads by example and is committed to philanthropy. This year, to celebrate his birthday, he invited his friends to take on a “Project Birthday” volunteer project. So glad to you have you with us Creston!