Orange County receives Chairman's Award

Orange County Government Receives Chairman’s Award for Top Workplace Giving from Heart of Florida United Way

Community & Services

This past year, hundreds of local individuals and businesses raised $17.7 million for Heart of Florida United Way’s 2016-2017 annual workplace giving campaign.

Nearly 400 Central Florida businesses organized workplace campaigns and fundraising events to benefit United Way – including Orange County Government. Individuals and companies were recently recognized by Heart of Florida United Way for their exemplary efforts in this year’s campaign at its Live United Victory Celebration.

Orange County Government was awarded the Chairman’s Award for being one of United Way’s top corporate partners. Every Orange County employee is offered the opportunity to give back through payroll deduction, which has experienced nearly a 15 percent increase in each of the past two years.

“The Chairman’s Award is a very special honor and embodies everything that Heart of Florida United Way encourages in its workforce giving campaigns,” said Manager of Orange County’s Neighborhood Preservation & Revitalization and 2016 Orange County Campaign co-chair Lavon Williams. “Orange County raised $578,000 for United Way this past year and we were able to do this by involving employees on all levels through our County-wide golf tournament, 5K, fitness challenges, individual department fundraisers and more.”

Beyond the workplace giving campaign, Orange County Government plays a vital role in serving the community, most notably by working in collaboration with United Way and the City of Orlando to operate the Orlando United Assistance Center, which is the facility where survivors and family members of those killed in the Pulse tragedy go to receive services.

“Whether it’s helping students learn to read or providing families with access to healthy meals, housing or financial literacy training, United Way plays a vital role in the daily lives of so many Central Floridians – including our military Veterans,” said Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs. “I’m deeply proud of Orange County’s continued support of United Way. From volunteers who poured their heart and soul into the annual campaign to the amazing generosity of employees, the success of our United Way fundraising shows the genuine commitment of our employees to the principle of ‘neighbors serving neighbors.”

Photo Caption: (L-R) Orange County employees accept Heart of Florida United Way’s “Chairman’s Award.” Leslie King, HR Training and Development; Tracy Salem, Manager, Youth and Family Services, 2017 Campaign Co-Chair; Jon Weiss, Director, Community Environmental and Development Services, 2017 Campaign Co-Chair; Lavon Williams, Manager, Neighborhood Preservation & Revitalization, 2016 Campaign Co-Chair; and Paulette Julien, Deputy Chief of Corrections, 2017 Campaign Co-Chair.

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