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May 22, 2014
United Way's 12th Annual State of the Community event is fast approaching with just about a month until the big day on Thursday, June 26. Each year at this premier event, we bring together hundreds of members from all spheres of our community including business members, nonprofit agencies, community organizations, government entities and every-day people to bring to light prevalent issues in Larimer County and to celebrate people making a difference in those areas.
What's in Store?
This year, we are celebrating the collective movement of people and organizations committed to changing Larimer County for good. With that, we are also honoring Community Heroes who have made an impact in the areas of Education, Income and Health - the building blocks for a better life.
While the idea of collaboration is not new, and the social sector has a long-history of collaborative practice, the notion of “collective impact” is inspiring new thinking, new conversations, and new collaborative practice across the globe. How is this different, and what promise does it hold for those individuals, organizations and institutions dedicated to improving the human condition? Bill Crim with the United Way of Salt Lake will be speaking on just that with his keynote speech Collective Impact: Making the Case and Making It Work.
Jerri Schmitz, Executive Director with The Matthews House, will be speaking about the collective impact in action right here in our own community.
Our Education Hero Award will go to Kathy Phifer, creator of the School is Cool backpack and school supply community outreach effort that has helped over 32,000 students since 1992 in Northern Larimer County.
The Income Hero Award goes to Patrick Brady who, with Community Foundation of Northern Colorado, created NoCoGives in partner with Colorado Gives Day, raising over $700,000 in 2013 and benefitting 92 nonprofits in Larimer County.
Cheryl Olson is the recipient for the Health Hero Award. As an advocate for behavioral health, Cheryl has developed many programs including the Connections Mental Health and Substance Abuse Resources program in partnership with Touchstone Health and the Crisis Assessment Center at the Poudre Valley Hospital Emergency Room.
Finally, the Live United Collaboration Award will be awarded to Glenn Good. Glenn has been active in numerous collaborative efforts that provided needed services to Larimer County residents including day shelter, emergency winter shelter, and the High Park Fire Long-Term Recovery Group, among many others.
Want to Come?
The 2014 State of the Community will be held on Thursday, June 26 from 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM at Embassy Suites, 4705 Clydesdale Parkway, Loveland. Anyone is welcome.Tickets are $25 per person. A light lunch is provided.
Don't wait! Ticket sales end June 19.
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