United Way honors community members, organizations, and businesses

United Way of Greater New Bedford recently hosted the Live United Celebration to honor community members, organizations, and businesses that have supported its work in the areas of health, education, and financial stability.

“For 65 years, United Way of Greater New Bedford has been a pillar in the community with its work,” said Michelle N. Hantman, President & CEO. “We are only able to strengthen our community with the continuous support of local companies, organizations, and individuals. The Live United Celebration allows us the chance to express our gratitude to those who have helped us make an impact.”

Acushnet Company received the most honors with the Major Firms Platter, the Navigator Award, and the Rockefeller Award for their commitment and contributions to United Way over the past year. BankFive, BayCoast Bank, City of New Bedford, Eversource, and UPS also received the Rockefeller Award for their successful workplace campaigns and corporate contributions.

Bristol County Savings Bank, High Point, Southcoast Health, Stop & Shop and St. Anne’s Credit Union were awarded the Corporate Excellence Award. BankFive and Coastline Elderly Services received the Campaign Excellence award for tripling their workplace campaigns and supporting United Way by hosting collection drives and encouraging employee volunteerism.

Spherion was awarded with the LIVE UNITED 365 Award for its loyal commitment to the United Way’s small business campaign. United Way also honored Turk’s Seafood with the Holiday Spirit Award for raising money for families through the Holiday Wishes program with Fun 107 and United Way.

The Ocean State Job Lot Charitable Foundation received the Hunger Heroes Award for its support of United Way’s hunger relief initiatives. This past year, they donated 22,000 pounds of food to the United Way’s Hunger Commission that allowed pantries to keep their shelves stocked for the holidays and into the new year.

In addition to the company awards, United Way honored several individuals for their commitment to United Way by giving, advocating, and volunteering. Wendy Joblon was awarded the Women United Luminary Leader Award for her guidance and dedication to the launch Women United’s inaugural Power of the Purse event. Sarah Korolnek received the Live United Award for her continuous efforts to raise awareness for United Way’s role in the community and to further extend the organization’s reach.

United Way also recognized two individuals with the Community Champion Award – Stephanie Pickup from Care Free Homes and New Bedford Police Chief Joseph Cordeiro. Stephanie is a dedicated volunteer and advocate for United Way. She serves on several committees, volunteers with her family at events such as Hunger Heroes and Mobile Market, and continuously thinks of how she can incorporate United Way into her work at Care Free Homes. Chief Cordeiro has been an integral part of United Way’s programming including New Bedford Community Connections Coalition, the Safe & Successful Youth Initiative and the New Bedford Shannon Program. His work and dedication to the City of New Bedford and United Way has made an impact in the lives of many residents.

Other volunteers recognized at the event included Loaned Executives and the Campaign Cabinet. Their service during the year assists in extending the reach of United Way. The Campaign Celebration was sponsored by BankFive, BayCoast Bank, and Bristol County Savings Bank.

The United Way of Greater New Bedford is a non-profit organization that was established in 1953. The United Way brings together volunteers, community leaders, and corporate partners to provide quality programs and initiatives that achieve positive results.  Its service area, which has a population in excess of 197,000, includes the City of New Bedford and surrounding towns of Acushnet, Dartmouth, Fairhaven, Freetown, Marion, Mattapoisett, Rochester and Wareham.