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Chairman's Award Series

United Way’s highest honor, the Chairman’s Award of Excellence, was presented to Charter Oak Federal Credit Union (below) at our Campaign Celebration in May 2018. The company is a Gold level United Way Corporate Benefactor, runs an employee giving campaign, makes a corporate gift, and provides grants to the Gemma E. Moran United Way/Labor Food Center, operated by United Way.

Charter Oak’s employees are actively engaged in the community as volunteers. They serve as Site Coordinators and volunteer monthly at United Way’s Mobile Food Pantry distribution point in Salem. They support United Way’s school supply drive and volunteer on numerous United Way committees.

In its 2017-18 United Way Campaign effort, Charter Oak had 75% participation by employees in giving. In all, their campaign raised $88,692 which is a 25% increase over the previous year. Maria Tuneski of Charter Oak also received the award for Campaign Coordinator of the Year.

Complete list of 2017-18 United Way Chairman’s Awards
Chairman’s Award of Excellence - Charter Oak Federal Credit Union & Employees
Community Leader of the Year - General Dynamics - Electric Boat/Electric Boat Employees’ Community Services Association
Agency Campaign Committee of the Year - United Community & Family Services & Employees
Agency Coordinator of the Year - Darlene Hilbert, Safe Futures
Bank of the Year - Chelsea Groton Bank & Employees
Campaign Committee of the Year, Outstanding Innovation, and Breakthrough Award for $100,000 - Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation/Foxwoods Resort Casino & Employees
Campaign Coordinator of the Year - Maria Tuneski, Charter Oak Federal Credit Union
Community Impact Award - Jillian Corbin, St. Vincent dePaul Place
Community Partner of the Year - Norwich Public Utilities & Employees
Corporate Sponsor of the Year & Outstanding Leadership Giving - Mohegan Sun & Employees
Employee Campaign Performance of the Year - Applied Physical Sciences & Employees
Food Center Volunteers of the Year - Charlie Rogers & Jackie Simpson
Gemma E. Moran Live United for Inspiration - Hannah Hallisey
Heart of the Community - Freeport-McMoRan, Inc. & Employees
Labor Partnership Award - Carpenters Local 1302, MDA-UAW Local 571, AFL-CIO, and Metal Trades Council of New London County
Law Firm of the Year - Faulkner & Graves & Employees
Live United Award - Pfizer Inc & Employees
Loyal Company of the Year - NLC Insurance Companies & Employees
Media Partner of the Year - Hall Radio & Employees
New Coodinator of the Year - Lauren Sposato, Dime Bank
Non-Profit Partner of the Year - Catholic Charities & Employees
Outstanding Achievement - Liberty Bank, U4U Food Drive Committee, and City of Groton
Retail Partner of the Year - Macy’s & Employees
School Coordinator of the Year - Cindy Beauregrd, Norwich Public Schools
School Engagement of the Year - Norwich Free Academy & Employees
School Partner of the Year - Montville Public Schools & Employees
Small Business of the Year - Americas Styrenics & Employees
Town Campaign of the Year - Town of Groton & Employees
Volunteer of the Year - Joe Wessell