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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.


2014 Recipients 

Dr. Ryan and Sara Jennings                                                                
Outstanding Volunteer                                  

The United Way of Effingham County has greatly benefitted from the avid support of Dr. Ryan and Sara Jennings. Since 2007, Jennings have hosted a Labor Day Party featuring food, drinks, live entertainment, and an impressive fireworks display. The proceeds from the event have made a significant impact on reaching our annual goal. The Jennings have put their dedication to United Way into action and are willing to help wherever needed. Sara gives her time and talent as a United Way Board Member, and has served on the Grant Committee, as well as chairing the Special Events Committee. They continue to be a generous donor of items for the United Way fundraising events, as well as working some of these events. The Jennings set an example of giving of their time, talent, and treasures to support those who benefit most from the works of United Way. We thank Dr. Ryan and Sara Jennings for all they do for the United Way of Effingham County and congratulate them on being chosen 2014 Outstanding Volunteer!


Outstanding Organization

Agracel has a long history with United Way of Effingham County, with their first donation starting back in 1998.  They have grown their campaign throughout the years to most recently raising over $10,000 with the 2014 campaign with less than 20 employees!  They continue to think outside the box on how to raise funds for United Way.  Events this year included a porkburger cookout, Euchre tournament, word search, and a mulligans and change challenge.  Agracel employees know how to raise money and have fun doing it. Agracel supports United Way throughout the year by attending the fundraising events and donating items for the fundraisers.  Thanks again to Agracel for all they do, and congratulations on being chosen 2014 Outstanding Organization!


Justin Roley                                    
Outstanding Board Member

Justin Roley joined the Board of Directors in 2013 representing Land of Lincoln Credit Union and wasted no time in being an active member. He has held various roles on the board, serving on the Campaign Committee, Grants Committee, Special Events Committee and the Executive Committee.  Justin served as Vice President in 2014 and will be the President this year.  Justin was instrumental in starting an employee campaign at Land of Lincoln Credit Union and was responsible for various fundraising activities at the Effingham branch.  Justin was lucky enough to win the “Pie in the Face” contest , and graciously took a pie to the face to benefit United Way.  Justin is always willing to share his time and talents with United Way and the various committees he serves on.  He is always willing to go above and beyond to get the job completed.  Justin is a true asset to the Board of Directors.  Congratulations Justin on being chosen 2014 Outstanding Board Member!








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