We’re celebrating all we are thankful for in 2015
During this season of Thanksgiving, we have a lot to be thankful for!

Post Written by: Stephanie M. Bray

During this season of Thanksgiving, we have a lot to be thankful for! Children at risk of falling behind in school are reading at grade-level. Low income families are becoming more financial stable. Hungry children in afterschool programs in low income communities are being fed. We could not do this work without the support of donors and volunteers like you.

We are especially thankful for those we are honoring this year for outstanding service and support of our United Way.

We are thankful for Dick Boje and Stirling Price, recipients of our 2015 Outstanding Volunteer Award that will bear their name going forward. Dick and Stirling have been steadfast donors and champions of our United Way for over three decades. We are honored to recognize their contributions and those who will follow their example for years to come.

We are thankful for Lorrie Wilson and Ruth Miller, recipients of our 2015 Women in Philanthropy Member of the Year Award, for their commitment to breaking the cycle for foster youth whose stories can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iWS7TqQ8Byk. Lorrie and Ruth lead a mighty team of over 200 women committed to providing foster youth with the opportunity to realize their potential.

We are thankful for Lindsey Smith, the recipient of our 2015 Young Leader Society Member of the Year Award, given to the YLS member who fulfills the mission of YLS through philanthropy and service. Lindsey is leading the way for the next generation of volunteers and donors in our community.

We are thankful for Nationwide, recipient of the 2015 Cornerstone Award, given to a global corporate leader in employee workplace giving and volunteerism with United Way. Since 2000, Nationwide associates, agents and retirees have pledged more than $5 million to United Way California Capital Region. The Nationwide Foundation matches those contributions dollar for dollar. Nationwide associates participate in United Way’s Day of Caring in large numbers each year, too, providing nonprofit organizations with many valuable hours of service.

We are thankful for Pam Stewart, philanthropist and community leader, recipient of the 2015 Frances Wisebart Jacobs Award, named for one of the founders of United Way. This Award recognizes a community trailblazer  who embodies the characteristics of FWJ, specifically in leadership and philanthropy, and personifies the mission of United Way. For decades, Pam Stewart has done that and more for a number of organizations in our region.

We appreciate all that our donors and volunteers LIKE YOU do for the community in partnership with our United Way. Whether it is reading to children, or serving meals to the hungry, or giving comfort to those who are homeless, or through your leadership as Board Members and donors, you are helping to make a difference. And for THAT we are thankful.