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April 12, 2021
COVID has put a new twist on many traditions over the last year including the United Way of Union County’s (UWUC) Annual Workplace Awards. United Way of Union County celebrated the top 25 workplace campaigns with a Thank You Video from UWUC Partner Agencies, volunteers, and UWUC council members. “When life hands you a pandemic, you get creative,” Corinne Bix, UWUC Director, said, “This gave us the perfect opportunity to try something new that would both thank our workplace campaigns and give us a chance to highlight some of our partner agencies.” Richwood Marketing produced the video. This year’s campaign was down approximately 25%, which equated to less of an impact on lives touched in Union County.

“Approximately 40,000 lives will be touched if we meet our goal of 100% impact in the community,” Bix explained, “With this year’s reduced funding we will be able to impact 30,000.”

Separate from this year’s annual campaign, UWUC worked with local partners to manage The Union County COVID- 19 Emergency Response Fund. Several workplace campaigns contributed directly to the $80,000 distributed throughout the community to meet emergency needs including food, shelter, healthcare, and rent/utility assistance. These workplace campaigns included ScottsMiracle-Gro, Nationwide and Meijer.

ContiTech Continental received the campaign’s top honor, The Ultimate Goal Buster Award. Andy Britt, UWUC Council Member, led the ContiTech campaign and despite a reduction in staff managed to boost their workplace campaign total by over 25%.

“Andy has been a dedicated council member and managed to beat down the COVID barrier that unfortunately affected many of our workplace campaigns,” Bix said.

The Top 10 Workplace Campaigns for 2020-21 are as follows: Honda of America Mfg. with $181,937; Nationwide with $126,000; ScottsMiracle-Gro Company with $96,707; Nestle Development Center with $26,831; Memorial Health with $22,959; Richwood Banking Company with $22,143; Marysville Schools with $13,537; ContiTech with $12,261; Union County Board of Developmental Disabilities with $9,599; and McCarthy & Cox with $8,041.

In addition to ContiTech, Nationwide and Richwood Bank were recognized as top 10 goal busters. Richwood Bank along with the Union County Sheriff’s Office both received the Honorable Mention Goal Buster Awards as they each made significant gains in their campaigns.

The Union County Health Dept. and the City of Marysville both ranked in the Top 25 and had goal buster campaigns.

Other top 25 campaigns include: Union Rural Electric; Meijer; Marysville Public Library; U-CO Industries; AES Ohio (formally DP&L); Moriroku; Mental Health and Recovery Board of Union County; Liberty National Bank; Bob Chapman Ford; Union County Family YMCA; Tolles Career and Technical Center; Costco; and Union County Job and Family Services

UWUC would also like to thank the following workplaces for running internal campaigns: TechSite Planners; Select Sires; Jonathan Alder Local Schools; Fairbanks Local Schools; North Union Local Schools; Union County Commissioners Office; Wings Support and Recovery (named Rookie of the Year); Allen, Yurasek, Owens-Ruff & Spain, LLC; Bridges CommunityAction; PASS; Central Ohio Youth Center; Parker; WSI; Fifth Third Bank; Union County Chamber of Commerce; and the Union County Engineer’s Office.

Culver’s Marysville was presented with a special award “Long Standing Supporter” for their United Way Day event held annually since 2014. Culver’s has raised $12,640 for United Way of Union County.

Good Neighbor Awards are presented for participating with UWUC on special projects throughout the year. These year’s honorees include the following: Crooked Door Studio- Crooked for a Cause; Middlefield Bank- Plain City Georgia Tobin; Eufinger Law Offices; Midwest Express; Elks Lodge; Union County Foundation; Central Ohio Youth Center; Active Healthy Lifestyles; IMPACT60 and Dogwood Business Development.

Outgoing UWUC Council Members Andy Britt, Cindy Ritter and Evan Smith were honored in March for their service with donations to the UWUC partner agency of their choice.

United Way works to bring neighbors and resources together to improve lives in Union County. United Way of Union County has raised more than $20 million for local needs since it was established in 1958. More than just a fundraiser, United Way collaborates with local businesses, government, and non-profit organizations to solve pressing social service issues large and small.

For more information, please visit www.unitedwayofunioncounty.org.
Employees at ContiTech Continental accept the 2020-21 Ultimate Goal Buster Award. Pictured from L-R: John Treglia, Doug Gilg, Brian Mandzak, Andy Britt, Scott Fisher, Trent Daubenmire, and Michael Reed. Together this group of seven accounted for over half of ContiTech’s total giving to the 2020-21 UWUC Annual Campaign.
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