For more than 24 years, United Way of North Carolina has recognized organizations for exemplary work in their local communities through the Spirit of North Carolina award. Organizations are chosen as winners based on criteria that examines their fundraising efforts, volunteer engagement, educational opportunities, and dedication to finding solutions for the social and economic hurdles that United Way organizations confront head-on. On March 3 rd , United Way of North Carolina recognized 78 award winners representing 19 local United Ways.
“The Spirit of North Carolina Award shines a light on the importance of collaborative partnerships at United Way of Alamance County” said Heidi Norwick, President. “We are thrilled to elevate the great work Elon University, the City of Mebane, Cone Health and First Bank achieved in 2020.”
Elon University was recognized in the category of Campaign/Participation Growth. Their theme was “Do You Believe in Miracles?” One of the campaign coordinators said “While it’s sometimes been hard to think about ‘good’ things this year, we can feel good about the fact that we have helped someone else have a somewhat better year.
The City of Mebane was presented with the award in the Engaged Leadership category. Recently retired City Manager David Cheek made a commitment to infuse energy and promote giving in the City of Mebane’s United Way Campaign. The city’s campaign included many initiatives, contests and promises to do employees jobs like mowing or winding up fire hoses if departments reached their participation goals. They had a sixty-six percent increase in giving!
Cone Health and First Bank were also recognized in the Engaged Leadership category. Their campaigns are processed by United Way of Greater Greensboro; however, their employees in Alamance County are very supportive our community and we want them to know how much we appreciate their contributions as well.
“We commend all 2020 Spirit of North Carolina winners for their ability to pivot campaign plans in light of COVID-19 and demonstrate creativity through virtual and social-distanced fundraising activities,” said Heidi Norwick, President “We are honored to have Elon University, the City of Mebane, Cone Health and First Bank as stakeholders that help us work towards an Alamance County where everyone thrives.”