United Way of Central Florida Honored With the Exemplary COVID-19 Response Award
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 29, 2022
Contact: Katherine Fitzwater
Vice President of Marketing & Communications
United Way of Central Florida
On April 26, 2022, more than 345 United Way staff from 18 states gathered in Greenville, SC for United Way’s Southeast Regional Conference. To honor the resilient, innovative, and impactful work of local United Ways, awards were presented to a small to mid-sized United Way and a large United Way in the following categories: Exemplary United Way Leader, Outstanding Local United Way, Exemplary COVID-19 Response, and Trailblazer in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. United Way of Central Florida is proud to have been selected as a winner in the category of the Exemplary COVID-19 Response Award.
Angela F. Williams, President and CEO of United Way Worldwide, presented the award to Christina Criser Jackson and Rod Crowley on Friday, April 29 during the final day of the Southeast Regional Conference. “Our team worked diligently going above and beyond to serve our community throughout the pandemic,” said CEO Christina Criser Jackson. “We were thrilled to accept this award in the presence of our United Way colleagues at the Southeast Regional Conference. We couldn’t have achieved as much as we did for our community without the exemplary work of our entire staff and board of directors.”
In addition to the awards presentations, conference attendees were inspired by keynote speakers and attended workshops that offered knowledge exchange and practical application tools. Rounding out the four-day event were networking opportunities and 29 innovation stations that provided exposure to proven practices and innovative ideas. The United Way Southeast Regional Conference has existed for more than 60 years and continues to serve as the premier regional learning opportunity for United Way leaders.
About United Way of Central Florida: United Way of Central Florida (UWCF) works to improve lives and strengthen our community by identifying gaps in services and providing solutions. UWCF is a leader in building a stronger and healthier community by developing resources and creating partnerships that empower individuals to improve their lives. Through its funded and community partners, UWCF is working to address the most pressing needs in Polk, Highlands, and Hardee counties. UWCF is independently governed by a 35-member board and works with over 100 volunteers to direct funding to meet the needs of the community. To learn more, visit uwcf.org.