• United Way Celebrates 76th Year, Supporters & Volunteers

    United Way of the Lower Eastern Shore (UWLES) celebrated the generosity of community members and the organization’s impact at the 76th Annual Meeting and Community Leaders Celebration, held in partnership with University of Maryland Eastern Shore on April 21, 2022.  TidalHealth’s Roger Follebout served as program emcee and PAC14 provided video production.
    Members of the Lower Shore community, donors, volunteers and partners gathered to celebrate the impact of the 2020-21 campaign year.  While enjoying a breakfast prepared by UMES, the group heard from the 2020-21 Chairman, and current Immediate Past Chair, Dr. Bryan Newton of Wor-Wic Community College.  He presented the 2020-21 Board of Directors, recognizing outgoing directors and new members for 2021-22.  Dr. Newton shared UWLES continued to move forward and adapt to the everchanging environment during the Covid-19 pandemic with many campaign activities, special events and other engagements largely virtual.  A new Strategic Plan was developed entirely virtually with board and community participation under the guidance of Dr. Sarah Guy and BEACON at Salisbury University. 
    President & CEO Pam Gregory thanked Campaign and Kickoff Sponsors for their continued support: Perdue Farms, Avery Hall Insurance, PNC Bank, First Shore Federal and TidalHealth, and recognized the Top 50 and donors included in the annual Impact Report.  Gregory shared that “With our community’s support over $1MM was invested with 40 partners in 73 programs and direct services, impacting over 112k neighbors last year,” further noting the LIVE UNITED Response Fund continued helping partners adjust to pandemic impacts, granting over $180,000 to date.
    UWLES celebrated the leadership of companies and individuals who excelled during the 2020-21 year with the following annual awards:

    • Flame of Excellence:  The Harrison Group
    • Spirit of the Shore:  Pohanka Automotive Group
    • Coordinator of the Year:  Kelly Novak, TidalHealth
    • Affinity Leaders of the Year:  Women United - Lillian Overby, Alarm Engineering and
    Student United Way – Johannah Cooper, Salisbury University
    • Jim Barrett Community Leadership, presented with Jim’s granddaughter, Dr. Jamie Barrett – Sharon Morris, First Shore Federal
     “With the guidance of our strategic plan, we will continue helping our nonprofit partners and community recover, heal and thrive again. Much need remains in our community,” stated current 2021-22 Board Chairperson, Joy Strand of Greenleaf Medical, as she closed the program.
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    About United Way of the Lower Eastern Shore:  
    United Way of the Lower Eastern Shore (UWLES), now in its 77th year of local service, harnesses the power of our community to advance health, education and financial stability for all neighbors in Dorchester, Somerset, Wicomico and Worcester counties. UWLES helps empower Lower Shore residents to achieve better health by addressing barriers to care, educational success by reducing the achievement gap between low- and middle-income students, and financial stability by advancing the economic security of families and individuals. UWLES provides direct services, collaborates with local stakeholders, and supports 41 local nonprofits to strengthen the entire community, impacting 1 in every 3 neighbors annually. Through the Get Connected Volunteer Center, UWLES connects over 140 nonprofits with community members who want to get involved.  For more information on United Way or to help make a difference visit:   www.uwles.org, www.ShoreGetConnected.org, Facebook@uwles, Instagram@unitedwayles, LinkedIN@uwles or Twitter@UNITEDWAY_LES.