Each year in May United Way gathers to celebrate the efforts of those who make a difference in Clallam County. Due to COVID 19, they were unable to honor their outgoing board members, event sponsors, outstanding volunteers, partner agencies, and workplace campaigns in person. This year, United Way will be honoring these people on social media platforms and celebrating the way our community comes together to help each other. This is the 4th year Todd Fischer’s artwork has been featured on the awards and this year’s artwork is titled, “Bring It”. Todd is a local artist that finds inspiration from the outdoors, surfing, and the power of the ocean.
2019 Live United Awards:
Getta Rogers Workman – Helped United Way develop the Get It Done Fund at Peninsula College. Getta 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 with Olympic Veterinary Clinic – As a United Way board member and sponsor for the last 4 years, Sara is always willing to support the efforts of United Way with her time, talents and gifts. United Way is honored to have had her on the board in the roles of Campaign Chair, Treasurer and now, Board President.
Smuggler’s Landing – Rick Mathis and his team at Smuggler’s Landing are being awarded for hosting Seahawk’s watch parties that raised money to support United Way since 2016. Rick has also provided free holiday meals to Veterans and their spouses in the community for eight years in a row.
Laura Dodd of St. Andrew’s Place Assisted Living – Staff member, Laura Dodd at a United Way partner agency, St. Andrew’s Place Assisted Living is being awarded for fulfilling their agency’s purpose. St. Andrew’s promotes and enhances dignity, choice and independence in a home-like atmosphere to individuals needing help with meals, dressing, bathing, managing their medication routines and other activities of daily living regardless of income or background.
Priya Jayadev at Clallam Mosaic – Priya is being awarded for being an incredible leader at a partner agency. Clallam Mosaic is the only source for yearlong, non-vocational day programs for individuals with special needs in Clallam County. Programs provide lifelong learning opportunities, recreation, leisure, social interactions, and advocacy education. Their vision is to grow an inclusive community working together to enhance the quality of life for people with special needs.
Ruddell Auto Mall – Ruddell has been in the automobile business in Clallam County since 1940 and is recognized for a Live United Award for their ongoing support of United Way with their employee campaign. They are actively involved in creating a stronger community through partnerships with local charities and organizations that help our community thrive.
Olympic Medical Center – Residents of the North Olympic Peninsula count on Olympic Medical Center to offer modern medicine. As the largest employer in Clallam County, the Olympic Medical Center Combined Fund Drive raises over $100,000 each year. OMC also sponsors events, like the United Way 5K and participates in United Way Coffee Days.
Sound Community Bank – From their excellent customer service to event sponsorships, volunteer time and donations, our community is a better place because of the people at Sound. Their sponsorships help United Way to host events like the United Way 5k and their Campaign Celebration.
Rick Bart – Outgoing board member, Rick Bart served United Way as the chair of the Board Operations Committee, helping the organization to update their policies and procedures in 2016 and 2017. He enjoyed helping make funding decisions for partner agencies and always had ideas to help make the campaign a success.
George Eastman – George is being recognized for six years of service to United Way of Clallam County and is recognized as an outgoing board member. He served as Board Chair during their CEO’s first year on the job and was always available for meetings, phone calls and advice.
Ray Chirayath – Outgoing board president, Ray 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 the video we created to promote the project.
Tyler Johnson – Each year United Way looks for someone from our community to help them lead their fundraising campaign. It is not an easy job and usually, the people who volunteer to help are some of the busiest people in town. Last year was no exception. The 2019 Campaign Chair went above and beyond to help United Way reach their Campaign goal. From sponsoring events to hosting online fundraisers with his friends and family, United Way is pleased to honor Tyler Johnson as a member of their board. In addition to volunteering with United Way, Tyler is also a member of the Port Angeles Kiwanis Club, N’or Wester Rotary and the Port Angeles Dream Playground Association.