BRISTOL â€“ United Way of West Central Connecticut will stream their virtual â€śCommunity Builders Receptionâ€ť June 22 via YouTube and invites the public to watch as they recognize â€ścommunity champions.â€ť
Judi Ann Lausier, resource development coordinator with United Way of West Central CT encouraged people to join them in honoring the award recipients.
â€śAs the pandemic hit, it was hard for a lot of families and businesses,â€ť she said. â€śIt was a great honor to have these people give their time to the United Way and they deserve to be recognized for going above and beyond.â€ť
The Change Maker Award will be given to the Bristol, Plainville and Burlington senior centers for their efforts to adapt to offer virtual programs during the pandemic as well as to register local seniors for vaccine clinics.
The Collaborative Excellence Award will go to the Farmers to Families program, which provided residents with boxes of food including meat products, vegetables, and dairy products throughout the pandemic. This free program, held in partnership with United Way of West Central Connecticut and the City of Bristol, was handled through Foodshare through a grant from the United States Department of Agriculture.
The Rising Star Award will go to ShopRite of Bristol "for their countless hours and unselfish time to help agencies shop for clients, set up house accounts for senior centers, United Way and non-profits."
"These programs made them capable of purchasing items for 'grab n' goes' and groceries for shut-ins," said Lausier. "We will recognize them for their educational outreach in the community that they do despite the pandemic and so much more."
Also, four Youth Live United awards will be given to young students who volunteered through United Way. Donna Osuch, president of United Way of West Central Connecticut said that these students usually volunteer through the local Kids in the Middle programs or serve on the United Wayâ€™s Youth Board. This yearâ€™s awards will go to Azelia Sigmund of Chippens Hill Middle School, Victoria Kosciukiewicz of Bristol Eastern High School, Danny Schnaars of Eli Terry Jr. Middle School in Plymouth and James Watson of Lewis Mills High School in Burlington.
â€śAzelia and Danny are involved in the Kids in the Middle program,â€ť said Osuch. â€śVictoria started volunteering last summer and has been involved in many of our Farmers to Families events and food drives. She has also volunteered to assist people with their income taxes. James has been on our Youth Board for many years and has been involved in numerous events at his school.â€ť
The program is free to attend, but United Way of West Central CT is also offering â€śviewing boxesâ€ť for a $21 donation.
â€śThey have sweet treats and coffee from CafĂ© Real,â€ť she said. â€śIt will be good to snack on while watching the clip.â€ť
To register, call Lausier at 860-582-9559, EXT. 407 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org. A link to where people can watch the program on YouTube will be sent to those who register.
The 30-minute presentation will be streamed at 6:30 p.m.
Brian M. Johnson can be reached at 860-973-1806 or email@example.com.