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May 21, 2014

United Way Middletown honors volunteers, celebrates 2013 achievements

MIDDLETOWN, Ohio – United Way of Greater Cincinnati-Middletown Area recognized local volunteers and organizations during its annual event May 14 for their work to improve people’s lives throughout 2013.

Middletown Action Council Chair Patrick McCausland, Esq., Singer & McCausland Co., LPA, thanked everyone for attending the event, held at Middletown Area Senior
Citizens, Inc., a United Way agency partner, and introduced Yvonne Washington, UWGC executive vice president and chief operating officer.

"You all are part of the ‘front line’ helping us work to achieve the Bold Goals for Our Region in the areas of education, income and health," she said. "That’s not something one person or one organization can do on their own – that’s why our region is so lucky to have all of you because we truly couldn’t do the work we do without each and every one of you."

McCausland also introduced Dan Picard and Tammi Thompson, 2013 Middletown United Way Campaign co-chairs, who shared campaign highlights, including:

  • $1,236,921 in generous local contributions raised in Middletown, Madison, Monroe, and Trenton;
  • $19,000 raised in the 25th annual Middletown United Way Golf Outing, chaired by Ron Short.

They recognized some high-performing companies and organizations included in Middletown’s Top 25, the largest corporate, retiree and employee campaign donors, and the Tremendous 20, the 20 highest per capita giving companies with at least 15 employees and not large enough to be in the Top 25.

Picard and Thompson presented SunCoke Energy the Dwight Smith Heart of the Community Award for embodying what it means to Live United through its stewardship of the community. The company introduced the CHOICES program to Middletown’s middle school, an interactive decision-making workshop program that helps students make intelligent life decisions.

"SunCoke Energy has been a supporter of United Way and the Bold Goals for our Region for many years, and they were able to increase their overall giving in 2013 to $15,000 – a 42 percent increase! Employee Campaign Coordinator Paula Polyak really helped lead the charge. SunCoke Energy has truly embodied what it means to Live United, and we are excited about working with them again this year," said Picard and Thompson, who will again co-chair the United Way campaign in Middletown this year.

Tom Wiley, executive vice president, Digital First Media, received the Volunteer of the Year Award in recognition of his outstanding citizenship in the community and dedication to Middletown United Way.

McCausland noted some 2013 Middletown United Way successes, including driving impact in the areas of education, income and health in the Middletown Area by investing more than $941,400 in programs and initiatives, including agency partners, Success By 6® and place matters.

"We moved our children closer to being prepared for kindergarten and to graduating from high school prepared for life," he said. "We made our community healthier and we are addressing every step of the spectrum necessary to remove obstacles for gainful employment and sustainable income for people in our community."

He said United Way 211's helpline took 14,626 calls from Butler County, helping local residents through a collaboration of Butler County United Way, United Way of Greater Cincinnati-Middletown Area and Oxford United Way.

"None of this could have happened without the generous support of our donors," he said. "On behalf of the Middletown Area Action Council, I want to thank everyone who gave, advocated or volunteered in 2013. That is what it means to Live United."