United Way to recognize county’s top volunteers

By Neil Parekh | Aug 08, 2012
Kathy LeMay will keynote United Way’s Spirit of Snohomish County Breakfast on September 6 at Tulalip Casino.

Based on nominations submitted by the public back in June, United Way of Snohomish County will be recognizing five of the county’s top volunteers at its annual Spirit of Snohomish County Breakfast on Thursday, Sept. 6 at the Tulalip Resort Casino.

Community volunteers reviewed the nominations in four categories: Adult Volunteer, Youth Volunteer, Labor Volunteer and Community Partner. The fifth award, the Reeves-Sievers’ Award is given by the organization as a lifetime achievement award for community service.

This is the 16th year that the organization will hold the event.

“Ours is a very giving community,” said Dennis G. Smith, president and CEO of United Way of Snohomish County. “We are grateful for all of the ways in which people give back. The strong commitment to volunteerism in our community is a testament to our county’s spirit of generosity.”

This year’s keynote speaker will be Kathy LeMay, one of Oprah Winfrey’s favorite guests and the author of “The Generosity Plan” – a blueprint for helping individuals plan philanthropic and volunteer efforts in their own community.

According to LeMay’s book, contributing time or money to causes far removed from the immediacy of our individual lives may feel overwhelming, especially in times of financial stress and uncertainty.

LeMay and her book “The Generosity Plan” break through these initial roadblocks to give easy and valuable tools to spur definite and rewarding action, demonstrating how our time, treasure and talents can make a world of difference.

By building and acting on a generosity plan, each one of us can create change simply by doing what we can, where we are, with what we have.

LeMay will sign copies of her book after the event.

Although the event is open to the public, seating is limited and advance reservations are required. The deadline for organizing a full table of 10 is Friday, Aug. 10. The deadline for purchasing individual tickets is Monday, Aug. 20. Tickets are $30 per person.

Visit http://www.uwsc.org/spiritbreakfast.php or call 425.374.5570 for more information or to purchase your ticket.

United Way is a community impact organization serving Snohomish County for more than 70 years. In addition to funding 102 programs through 39 agencies with a special focus on local health and human services, United Way of Snohomish County supports a number of initiatives focusing on early learning and education, financial stability for families, a youth program, North Sound 211 and an emerging initiative in survival English.

To find out more about United Way of Snohomish County, including how you can find help, how to volunteer and how United Way serves our community, please visit our website at uwsc.org.

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