United Way honors local volunteers, sponsors at meeting

Apr. 13, 2013  PLYMOUTH EAGLE.


Nearly 100 local business and community leaders attended the United Way annual Meeting and Awards Presentation recently at Comcast headquarters in Plymouth.

Plymouth Community United Way President Marie Morrow said the event was a way to show appreciation for those who contributed to the 2012-13 fundraising campaign or provided community service. It also was an opportunity for the public to learn about the work the nonprofit does in Plymouth, Canton and Western Wayne County as several of the agencies funded by the organization were showcased, she said.

The meeting included reports on the Plymouth United Way 2012 finances and an announcement that the organization, “is moving for- ward to research initiatives that produce lasting change and measurable results in addition to still providing basic needs and other much needed human services,” Morrow said.

Platinum, Gold, Silver, and Bronze awards were presented by Board of Directors Chairman Paul Hood. Among the recipients were Johnson Controls, Comcast, DTE Energy, UPS, Robert Bosch LLC, Automotive Components Holdings, Burroughs Payment Systems, UAW Local 845 (Ford), and Community Financial as well as dozens of other businesses, Plymouth-Canton Community Schools, Plymouth Rotary Foundation and the City of Plymouth.

Johnson Controls received the Platinum Award, the highest level attained by Key Contributors.

“Johnson Controls is proud to be recognized by the Plymouth Community United Way with the Platinum Award for its 2012 Campaign. Year after year, our  employees are generous supporters of this great organization and the outreach it provides to the Plymouth community,” said Jeff Williams, group vice-president and general manager, Johnson Controls Automotive Seating.

Community Service Awards went to All Saints Catholic School in Canton for collecting 464 hats, gloves, scarves and socks to help low-income and homeless families and individuals. Dodson Elementary students and staff contributed 385 warm winter items. Smith Elementary helped replenish shelves at local food pantries with their successful food drive. They also collected Hats for the Homeless, Morrow said.

The Inn at St. John’s collected 280 backpacks with school supplies for needy students. Golfers received a free round of golf for each back pack donated. FedEx held a Purple Tote

Project that yielded two carloads of food, hats, clothes, children’s book, toiletries, and cleaning products in addition to a check for $932.

Home Depot, Panera Bread #748 and Einstein Bros Bagels #2344 received awards for continuously donating supplies and food to special events such as Make-A- Difference Day.

Last fall, more than 400 volunteers raked 50 yards of senior citizens and people with disabilities, Morrow said.

Many other corporations, businesses, clubs, and individuals also donated food, hats, blankets and frozen turkeys during 2012, she added.

For information about giving and volunteering, visit www.plymouthunitedway.org.

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