Opinion

July 4, 2014

Citizens of the Week: United Way’s Corporate Volunteer Council

The numbers are staggering. The impact on our community is even greater.

A group of local United Way of Northwest Georgia volunteers were recently honored for their service. The United Way’s Corporate Volunteer Council received the Points of Light 2014 Fast Start Award at the recent National Conference on Volunteering and Service in Atlanta. Howard Elder, founding chairman of United Way’s Corporate Volunteer Council and retired director of research of environmental affairs for J+J Flooring Group, accepted the award.

The award recognizes a corporate volunteer council that has been established within the past three years, has a clear purpose, mobilizes volunteers related to that purpose and measures success. A committee of national corporate volunteer council leaders convened by Points of Light selected the local group as the winner of the award.

Why?

Over the past 18 months, the council has helped groups comprised of businessmen and businesswoman totaling more than 4,500 volunteers complete 204 service projects.

The council also leads Project Connect, which has recruited more than 550 new readers, tutors and mentors, and organized more than 100 parent involvement events at area schools and education nonprofits.

For their commitment to bettering the community, The Daily Citizen names everyone involved with the United Way’s Corporate Volunteer Council Citizens of the Week.

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