PORT ANGELES — The United Way of Clallam County is honoring outgoing board members, event sponsors, outstanding volunteers, partner agencies and workplace campaigns on social media platforms including Facebook and Instagram.
United Way invested $1.4 million in the community in 2019, including almost $650,000 from the 2019 campaign, $270,000 via the Clallam Community Foundation, $250,000 in Albert Haller Foundation grants and more than $248,000 in COVID relief funds, said Carmen Geyer, resource development manager for United Way of Clallam County.
Those honored receive artwork with the theme “Bring It” by local Todd Fischer, whose work has been featured on the United Way of Clallam County’s awards the past four years.
Here are the United Way’s descriptions of the 2019 Live United award recipients.
Getta Rogers Workman — Workman, who helped United Way develop the Get It Done Fund at Peninsula College, is being honored for her tireless efforts to help all students at Peninsula College get the help they need to succeed in school and continue on to fulfill their dreams.
Sara Dutrow of Olympic Veterinary Clinic — As a United Way board member and sponsor for the past four years, Dutrow is always willing to support the efforts of United Way with her time, talents and gifts.
She has served United Way in the roles of campaign chair, treasurer and now, board president.
Rick Mathis and Smuggler’s Landing staff — Mathis and his team are being honored for hosting Seahawks watch parties that raised money to support United Way since 2016.
Mathis also has provided free holiday meals to veterans and their spouses in the community for eight consecutive years.
Laura Dodd of St. Andrew’s Place Assisted Living — A staff member at St. Andrew’s (a United Way partner agency), Dodd is being awarded for fulfilling their agency’s purpose of promoting and enhancing dignity, choice and independence in a home-like atmosphere to those who need help with meals, dressing, bathing, managing their medication routines and other activities of daily living, regardless of income.
Priya Jayadev at Clallam Mosaic — Jayadev is honored for being “an incredible leader” at a partner agency, Untied Way representatives said.
Clallam Mosaic is the only source for year-long, non-vocational day programs for individuals with special needs in Clallam County. Programs provide lifelong learning opportunities, recreation, leisure, social interactions and advocacy education.
Ruddell Auto Mall — Ruddell has been in the automobile business in Clallam County since 1940 and is recognized for a Live United Award for its ongoing support of United Way with its employee campaign.
Personnel are actively involved in creating a stronger community through partnerships with local charities and organizations that help the community thrive.
Olympic Medical Center — As the largest employer in Clallam County, the Olympic Medical Center Combined Fund Drive raises more than $100,000 each year. OMC also sponsors events such as the United Way 5K and participates in United Way Coffee Days.
Sound Community Bank — Sponsorships from Sound Community Bank help United Way to host events like the United Way 5k and their Campaign Celebration.
Rick Bart — Outgoing board member, Bart served United Way as the chair of the Board Operations Committee, helping the organization to update policies and procedures in 2016 and 2017.
He said he enjoyed helping make funding decisions for partner agencies and always had ideas to help make the campaign a success.
George Eastman — Eastman is being recognized for six years of service to United Way of Clallam County and as an outgoing board member.
He served as board chair during the CEO’s first year on the job and was always available for meetings, phone calls and advice.
Ray Chirayath — The outgoing board president, Chirayath served as the chair of the Foundation committee, board chair and vice chair.
He spearheaded the Get It Done Fund with Peninsula College and is featured in a video created to promote the project.
Tyler Johnson — Johnson, the 2019 volunteer campaign chair, went above and beyond to help United Way reach the campaign goal, the organization said last week, from sponsoring events to hosting online fundraisers with his friends and family.
In addition to volunteering with United Way, Johnson is also a member of the Port Angeles Kiwanis Club, N’or Wester Rotary and the Port Angeles Dream Playground Association.
Clallam Resilience Project — The Clallam Resilience Project is a consortium of more than 50 local organizations working together to foster resiliency for residents, organizations, community and systems.
Using research from the NEAR sciences (Neuroscience, Epigenetics, ACES and Resiliency), this volunteer-led group provides opportunities to connect, learn and educate on how and why to apply trauma sensitive practices countywide.
Silas Crews — A local videographer, Crews was recognized for helping United Way create its Get-It-Done Fund video and photos for the annual report to the community.
Through his lens, he helps United Way’s partners shine through videos and photography.
For more information about the United Way of Clallam County, visit unitedwayclallam.org.