Contact: Lauren D. Gordon
Director, Marketing & Communications
United Way of Greater Greensboro is proud to announce the 2012 Volunteers of the Year. The award recipients were honored at the annual Breakfast for Champions Campaign Celebration, which was held on Thursday, April 26th, at the Greensboro Coliseum Complex. The Volunteers of the Year award recognizes individuals who have demonstrated exceptional commitment to United Way, and have continually gone above and beyond in order to support our mission of improving lives by mobilizing the caring power of our community.
Philip Jones, Reporter at WFMY News 2, and Tamera Ziglar, Leadership Giving Manager at United Way of Greater Greensboro, presented the awards to outstanding companies and individuals. The Volunteers of the Year for 2012 awards went to:
Aaron Strasser, Vice President of Southern Plate & Window Glass, has provided volunteer leadership to United Way of Greater Greensboro for five years. He currently serves as the chair of the Caring for Everyone’s Health Focus Area Committee, is a member of the Community Investment Council and Board of Directors, and has participated in United Way of Greater Greensboro’s Funding Objective Review Process. During Mr. Strasser’s tenure, he has devoted more than 200 hours of his time. “Volunteering at the United Way is meaningful to me because I know that the work we are doing has an impact in our community,” Mr. Strasser said. “Every day, programs that we support are making the lives of members of our community better.”
Cleon Reece is a Campaign Associate for United Way of Greater Greensboro. Sponsored by International Textile Group, Mr. Reece has served in his capacity of Campaign Associate for nearly 15 years. His passion for the vision and mission of United Way is unmatched. Eager to share the message of United Way, Mr. Reece openly gives of his time, treasure, and talents for our community. Mr. Reece is a prime example of what it means to LIVE UNITED.
Laurie Weaver, Online Media Manager at Our State, has served on the Helping People Help Themselves Focus Area Committee for more than five years, chairing the committee for a majority of that time. She is also a member of the Community Investment Council and Board of Directors. This year, Ms. Weaver participated in United Way of Greater Greensboro’s funding objective review process. “United Way is such an important part of the greater Greensboro community. As a volunteer, I feel fortunate to have been able to see first-hand, through the allocations process, the great work of so many diverse agencies and programs,” Ms. Weaver said. “It’s been a truly rewarding experience to be a part of the United Way’s effort in supporting that work.”
Tina Akers Brown, Executive Director of the Greensboro Housing Authority, has been a dedicated volunteer with United Way of Greater Greensboro for 14 years. Most recently, Ms. Brown has led the Growing Successful Kids Focus Area Committee. In addition, Ms. Brown serves on United Way of Greater Greensboro’s Board of Directors, Community Investment Council, Funding Objective Review Process, and actively participates in Women’s Leadership and African American Leadership groups. United Way looks forward to celebrating the upcoming opening of the Thriving at 3 Born Learning Trail at Greensboro Housing Authority’s Claremont Courts Neighborhood, a collaborative project between United Way of Greater Greensboro and Greensboro Housing Authority, which couldn’t have been achieved without Ms. Brown’s support.
Lucy Kluttz has been a volunteer with United Way since 2009. Ms. Kluttz wears more hats for United Way of Greater Greensboro than can be found in a hat store. From being the first person to greet people at United Way’s door to coordinating volunteers and supporting fundraising efforts, Ms. Kluttz does it all. “I saw so much need out there when I used to practice bankruptcy law,” Ms. Kluttz stated. “I felt like there had to be another way to help more people. I think United Way is the most efficient way to help the most people.”
An online photo gallery of last week’s event on is available on United Way of Greater Greensboro’s Facebook page (www.facebook.com/unitedwaygso). United Way funds programs and initiatives that address critical community needs. United Way is committed to Growing Successful Kids, Helping People Help Themselves, and Caring for Everyone’s Health.
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