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United Way recognizes community impact

United Way hosts annual meeting and campaign awards to recognize board members, companies, and organizations who are changing the Greater Lafayette Community.

Posted: Jan. 24, 2018 6:24 PM
Updated: Jan. 25, 2018 9:17 AM

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - Some may not expect anything in return for their leadership but *today* they will receive some recognition.

The annual United Way Campaign Awards Luncheon celebrates people who made a difference in Greater Lafayette.

Volunteers, organizations, and companies were recognized for their continuous work to help grow their community. The winners of these awards were given plaques for their dedication depending on their acts of service.

Sam Burns, United Way Board President, says they have a plan for the new year and want to hear more ideas...

"Now what we need to do is talk to our partner agencies, talk to others in our community, see what kind of services, what kind of programs, we can develop to target those gaps." Burns said.

Burns says the organization has had a lot of community conversations over the past year but their main focus for 2018 is to work on the mental health gap. Their goal is to provide more resources and education for students in middle and high school.

The 2017 Volunteer award was given to a man who dedicates his life to giving back.

Volunteer member, Randy Toleman, won the 2017 Volunteer award and says his two-year contract is up with United Way has but he is coming back for more.

"I was totally shocked...starting my third year, I told Tom Murtaugh, he is next year's chair, I would come back for him in the industry and union's division, so he was happy to hear I was coming back." Toleman said.

Toleman says he wants to continue to give back to the community that has given so much to him and encourages anyone who is interested to join volunteering with United Way.

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