United Way recognizes partners

United Way recognizes partners

This week at United Way of Greater Toledo’s monthly Chief Professional Officer meeting, several local nonprofit organizations were recognized for the outstanding services they provide to our community.

The Chief Professional Officer meetings provide a venue for United Way funded community partners to share information and discover opportunities to advance collective work and drive change in our community.

“We value each and every partnership we have in our community. It is through these partnerships that we can and will continue to move our work in the community forward,” said Karen Mathison, president and CEO of United Way of Greater Toledo. “The work of these organizations matters mightily, so we want to recognize them.”

Mathison presented both Community Impact awards, and Top Partner Involvement awards. 

Top Partner Involvement awards honor community leaders for their partnership, advocacy, and support within a United Way partner agency. They were presented to:

• Hugh Grefe, Local Initiatives Support Corporation
• Jeanette Hrovatich, Read for Literacy Inc.
• Lisa McDuffie, YWCA of Northwest Ohio
• Michael McIntyre, Maumee Valley Habitat for Humanity
• Karen Ranney-Wolkins, Toledo Botanical Gardens
• Angela Tennaro, Girl Scouts of Western Ohio
• Brad Toft, YMCA/JCC of Greater Toledo.

Community Impact Awards honor organizations that achieved outstanding results in the areas of education, income, health, organizational performance, responsiveness, and community partnership. They were presented to:

• Education: Learning Club and Wood County Educational Service Center–STARS Program
• Income: Free Tax Prep Program
• Health: Children’s Hunger Alliance
• Partnership: Ida Rupp Public Library and Toledo Public Schools
• Organizational Performance: Ottawa County Transitional Housing
• Responsiveness: Boys & Girls Clubs of Toledo and Legal Aid of Western Ohio

“Children’s Hunger Alliance is honored to be recognized by such a wonderful organization as United Way of Greater Toledo for our work in the community. We appreciate our partnership with United Way because it is beneficial to our ability to impact and improve the lives of the children and families that we touch,” said Wendi Huntley, regional director of the Children’s Hunger Alliance.

United Way extends its most sincere thanks to these individuals who strive so diligently to help advance the common good in our community.

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