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2018 Annual Awards

United Way of York County recognizes 2018 Award Winners

United Way of York County was pleased to recognize four outstanding volunteers with awards at its Annual Meeting on Monday, June 17, 2019. United Way staff, board members and Partner Agency representatives gathered at Crispus Attucks Association to celebrate the dedicated volunteers and the partnerships that help us to #LIVEUNITED as we work to build a stronger, caring community.
Below are the 2018 United Way of York County award winners:
Christi Brown, Volunteer of the Year
Senior Director of Volunteer Engagement for WellSpan Health, Christi is responsible for over 2,500 Volunteers & Interns, in addition to other departments, including hospital gift shops, Guest/Reception Services, Internship Services and Auxiliaries within the health system. She earned her B.S. in Business Administration from Elizabethtown College and is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in Healthcare Administration at Drexel University.  She is very active in the York County community, currently serving in several leadership roles, such as the Chair of Women United/United Way of York County, Co-Chair of WellSpan’s 2018 Campaign, Treasurer of the Pennsylvania Association of Healthcare Volunteers Resources Professionals (PAHVRP), Treasurer of the Council for Certification in Volunteer Administration (CCVA) and a Sustainer with the Junior League of York. Christi was recently recognized by PAHVRP for her passion for volunteer management and community service by awarding her with the 2018 Evelyn Burston award.  We are proud to recognize Christi Brown as the 2018 Volunteer of the Year.
Bob Breighner, Distinguished Service Award
Bob Breighner is the Vice President, Compliance and Audit Services, for Select Medical Corporation, where he has worked since 2001 after a decade with Susquehanna Pfaltzgraff Co. He has been married to his wife, Julieann, a teacher’s aide at Dallastown Elementary, for 28 years, and has three sons – Derek, Joshua, and Ryan. Bob began his service with United Way of York County as a Loaned Campaign Executive in the mid-1990s, and has served as an Allocations and Agency Review volunteer for approximately 15 years, serving in a leadership role as a Panel Chair for 10 years before assuming the role of Division Chair and overseeing the entire Allocations process in tandem with United Way’s Community Impact staff. In addition to his long record of service with Allocations and Agency Review, Bob joined the Board of Directors for United Way of York County in 2016, and currently serves on the Executive Committee as Community Impact Chair. We are proud to recognize Bob Breighner with the Distinguished Service Award.
Board of Directors for Latinos Unidos, Community Build Award
Latinos Unidos of York empowers the Latino community and strengthens bonds to promote social, civic and economic integration of Latino families in the York area. Their organization, led by the Board of Directors, sees a vibrant, connected Latino community that reaches its full potential, achieves educational and economic success, and develops skills to transform lives. From the launch of First Friday Latino in early 2018, a celebration of culture that regularly features salsa dancing lessons, food and music, Latinos Unidos has served as a connector and hub for Latino residents in York County. United Way of York County was proud to see the Board’s eagerness to develop recommendations and take action based on the York County Hispanic and Latinx Assessment released in 2018, and to lay the foundation for greater economic and social integration into York City and York County. We are proud to recognize Lou Rivera, Chairman of the Board of Directors for Latinos Unidos; Jose Colon-Bones, Treasurer; and Board members Elodia Barajas, Thais Carrero, Lloyd Fernandez, Angie Garrison, Delma Rivera, Joyce Santiago, Jose Santiago, Mil Tavarez and Edwin Vellon.
“Volunteers are a vital pillar in the work United Way of York County does, and among the nearly 2,000 individuals who gave their time, energy and talents to our organization in 2018, these individuals stand out as tremendous examples of what it means to go above and beyond,” said Anne Druck, President, United Way of York County. “We are grateful to this year’s Award winners for their example in what it means to stand UNITED for a strong community.”
About United Way of York County
For over 98 years, United Way of York County has worked in the York County community to improve people’s lives. It began as The York Welfare Federation, an organization that raised funds on behalf of 17 member agencies.  Today, as the United Way of York County, the mission of raising community funds remains the same, but the strategies have broadened in order to meet the growing and changing needs of people living in York County.
United Way has adapted over the years and now collaborates with other public and private organizations to engage the community in addressing the complex issues facing York County. By developing initiatives that get at the root causes of these issues, United Way and its partners find solutions and fund programs that improve the lives of one in three people in York County.  Through gifts to the Community Fund, United Way is able to invest those dollars into 68 programs supported by 37 Partner Agencies.  These programs address human services needs across three Focus Areas: Education, Health, and Financial Stability.  This enables United Way to tackle the immediate and continuing needs of York County families and individuals and to create real, lasting change that matters to you and our community.

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United Way of York County