National Volunteer Week
During National Volunteer Week, United Way of Lake County virtually recognized six #SUPERVolunteers that have selflessly dedicated their time to furthering our mission. Keep reading to see who was honored!
Jurelle Manalansan received the Outstanding Marketing Volunteer Award. He has been an integral part of our marketing department and has made great strides in achieving his personal goals while assisting with day-to-day projects.
Last summer, Jurelle joined other interns and volunteers for a United Way Day project at Clearview Elementary. He helped reorganize the school’s library including sorting, coding and placing books in their proper locations. Volunteering to take on this project is one reason why Jurelle Manalansan is our Outstanding Marketing Volunteer.
“I chose to intern at United Way because I didn’t know much about how a non-profit organization works and I am that person who is open to new experiences. When I was at CLC, my career advisor recommended me to look at United Way of Lake County and the open position for a marketing intern. Now here I am at United Way for almost a year, and it’s been a positive experience.”
“The most rewarding part about my internship is being able to experience how a non-profit organization works. There’s a lot of work that comes along with building a community, and it does take time. At United Way, I am fortunate enough to be an intern for their marketing department to learn the tools they use.”
Joe Pray, President and CEO of Trustmark Companies received the Outstanding Corporate Partner award and accepted it on behalf of his company.
“I understand…first hand, what early education and what safe family is all about and how important it is,” said Joe Pray, President and CEO of Trustmark Companies.
Key players behind Trustmark Companies annual employee giving campaign (from left), Karin Lowery, Second Vice President & Actuary, Pam Handmaker, Sr. Director, Product and Innovation and Tricia Mathis, Human Resources Specialist, were also presented the Outstanding Corporate Partner award.
“As long as I have been with Trustmark, we’ve had a relationship with United Way of Lake County,” said Karin Lowery, Second Vice President & Actuary of Trustmark Companies.
“I think that educating our children is something so huge, and it’s just so sad that we live in an area that…is underprivileged.”
Azita Saleki-Gerhardt, President of Operations at AbbVie received the Outstanding Fundraising Volunteer award. As a member of our Board of Directors as well as a member of the Women’s Leadership Council, Azita is an invaluable supporter of United Way of Lake County.
“Everyone deserves a chance to be the best they can be and that’s what United Way does.”
“For me this is about continuing the momentum and expanding it…”
Gary Goldstein, Reading Success Tutor received the Outstanding Long-Term Volunteer award. He has been a tutor for the Reading Success Program for over four years.After receiving his award, Gary was surprised with handmade cards from all of Ms. Cabrera’s third grade students. Over the course of the year, the students have gotten to know Gary not only as a Reading Success tutor but also as someone who helps Ms. Cabrera, attends field trips and sometimes even teaches lessons himself. This act of kindness really showed Gary just how much of an impact he has made on these Clearview Elementary students. “I want to see that kids in this county improve in their learning skills.”
Ismael Calderón was presented with the Outstanding AmeriCorps VISTA award for his work with the Success by 6 Program and the Better Together room at Green Bay Early Childhood Center in North Chicago.Ismael accepted his award among the mothers and children that participate in the Better Together program every Thursday alongside him. He wanted to take a moment to thank them.
“I confirmed that I need to be serving all my life.”
Nicole Johnson, Director of Birth – 3rd Grade at Green Bay Early Childhood Center accepted the Outstanding Community Partner award on behalf of the school.“We have 10 families now who come to our center…and I feel like United Way has paved the way…” “Figuring out more ways to serve families has just been great.”