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Spirit of Caring Awards

Volunteering and giving back to our communities should not go unnoticed. To honor those who spend countless hours in support of our mission, the United Way of Effingham County recognized the efforts of volunteers and organizations that have contributed outstanding leadership during the annual campaign for funds through the Spirit of Caring Awards.

Three Spirit of Caring recipients in the categories of Outstanding Volunteer, Outstanding Organization, and Outstanding Board Member are announced at the Board of Director's annual meeting in January of each year.

This is a great opportunity to recognize and reward those who give so much to help our community. They are thoughtful, committed citizens and organizations that continue to help change our world - one activity at a time!  The Spirit of Caring Awards recognizes individuals who are committed citizens and organizations that stand out, giving countless hours to improve the quality of life in Effingham County.


2015 Recipients 

Trent Schmid                                                              
Outstanding Volunteer                                  

The United Way of Effingham County began its partnership with Trent Schmid of Schmid Auction in 2002.  Trent has graciously donated his time and talent to raise funds during the live auction at fundraising events.  He uses his auctioneer expertise to get the highest price possible for items  donated to the live auction.  Trent also provides employees from his business to help with spotting auction bids, completing appropriate auction paperwork, and general help with the auction the night of the events.  Special thanks to Trent Schmid and Schmid Auction for his efforts, and congratulations on being chosen 2015 Outstanding Volunteer!


Patterson Technology Center                                     
Outstanding Organization


Patterson Technology Center began raising funds for United Way of Effingham County in 2005 with their basket raffle.  They have grown throughout the years raising funds through various activities to include; a 5K, online auction, casual week, bake sale, cook-offs, ice cream sales and offering premium parking with proceeds going to United Way.  In 2014, they held their first employee campaign.  Their donation has grown throughout the years, most recently raising over $9,600 with the 2015 campaign!  Approximately 90% of the 350 in-house employees participate through various activities and the employee campaign.  The “Fun Squad” leads the organization and the fundraising endeavors.  Patterson Technology Center employees know how to raise money and have fun doing it. They also supports United Way by attending fundraising events, sponsoring and donating items for the fundraisers, and have representatives on the Board of Directors. Thanks again to Patterson Technology Center for all they do, and congratulations on being chosen 2015 Outstanding Organization!



Cheryl Pruemer                                   
Outstanding Board Member


Cheryl Pruemer joined the Board of Directors in 2014,representing McDevitt, Osteen, Chojnicki, Deters Law Firm.  She has held various roles on the board.  Cheryl served on the Campaign Committee, Grants Committee, Special Events Committee and the Executive Committee.  She most recently served as Campaign Chair in 2015, and was instrumental in the success of the 2015 campaign. Cheryl is always willing to share her time and talents with United Way and the various committees she serves.  She is always willing to speak with businesses and educate those in the community about United Way and the services provided by the partner agencies. She is always willing to go above and beyond to get the job completed.  Cheryl is always the first to volunteer for the difficult task and the last to take credit for her efforts.  Cheryl is a true asset to the Board of Directors.  Congratulations Cheryl on being chosen 2015 Outstanding Board Member!











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