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Annual Meeting & Awards Luncheon

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Guests joined us at The Eastwood Event Centre for United Way of Trumbull County's Annual Meeting & Awards Luncheon on May 26, 2022 as we honored organizations in 5 categories including GIVE, ADVOCATE, VOLUNTEER, GIVE ADVOCATE VOLUNTEER, and SMALL BUSINESS OF THE YEAR. We also heard from special speaker Laureen Atkins of the Literacy Cooperative as she shared the indicators of progress towards advancing literacy for adults and children and the effects of adult literacy in advancing the workforce. Lisa Taddei, UWTC Board Chair and Ginny Pasha, UWTC C.E.O. gave highlights from 2021 and provided insight into what to expect in 2022. 

This year, the GIVE award was given to Warren City Schools for the student campaign that raised over $5,000! The ADVOCATE award was given to the Cafaro Company and Foundation who advocates and provides support for the Ohio Governor’s Imagination Library in Trumbull County. Howmet Aerospace was recognized with the VOLUNTEER award for their continued volunteerism and support. The GIVE, ADVOCATE & VOLUNTEER, award was given to Trumbull County Children Services for providing their time, talent and treasure. Lastly, the Small Business of the Year Award was given to Cinemanix for helping  UWTC promote the importance of reading through a video series.

Chairwoman, Taddei gave special recognition to Board Members who have completed two, three-year terms on the United Way of Trumbull County Board. They were John Rossi of Farmer’s Trust, Esther Buschau, The Cafaro Company and Matt Martin of Trumbull Neighborhood Partnership.

Ginny Pasha provided a forecast of 2022 activities and changes that included announcing that Sallie Daugherty, the Finance Director for United Way of Trumbull County, will be retiring after 40 years of service. Daugherty was surprised by being awarded a proclamation by the City of Warren’s Safety Service Director, Eddie Colbert, for her 40 years of devoted service to the community through United Way of Trumbull County. It was also announced that the United Way offices would be moving their offices to downtown Warren later in the summer.

Because of the jobs coming into Trumbull County, Ginny Pasha also shared that United Way of Trumbull County is exploring ways of supporting those companies through workforce development and job retention. Laureen Atkins of the Literacy Cooperative. the keynote speaker,  shared research indicating that 63% of adults in Trumbull County are not at a proficient reading level and 39% of kindergarteners are not on track to read at grade level. She went on to connect the importance of early literacy to adult literacy to workforce development and economic development.


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