United Way recognizes community leaders, reviews the year

March 31, 2014 | 8:36 pm

Each year, we recognize those that provide exceptional service, leadership and philanthropic commitment to the community through the Lynn L. Nichols Award, the John B. Northcott Award, the Community Philanthropist Award and the Spirit Award.

Nichols Award

The Nichols Award recognizes a staff member from a United Way partner agency for his or her outstanding professional leadership, service and collaboration.

This year’s recipient is the late Dr. Rhys B. Jones.

Dr. Jones from St. Luke’s Dental Health Center improved the dental health of thousands of young children and developmentally disabled children and adults living in East Central Iowa. Dr. Jones died unexpectedly on April 22, 2012.

Northcott Award

The Northcott award recognizes an individual that has given outstanding volunteer service to United Way. The individual portrays strong leadership and contributes positively toward the betterment of our entire community.

This year’s recipient of the Northcott Award …. Cindy Dietz!

As Board Chair in 2010 she successfully led the organization through a monumental move to the new Human Services Campus. She has been the key link and enthusiastic supporter of the United Way and Rockwell partnership. Over the past nine years Cindy has helped lead the Rockwell campaign which has contributed over 17 million dollars to United Way and the community.

The development of the Corridor Volunteer program and the UW Volunteer Center were prompted by Cindy and Rockwell Collins interest and dedication in volunteerism. Today over 2400 volunteers are served through the United Way Volunteer Center and recently Retired Senior Volunteer Program was incorporated into United Way’s volunteer management.

Community Philanthropist Award

The Community Philanthropist Award (In honor of Scotty McIntyre) recognizes an individual or couple who have a proven record of exceptional generosity and have demonstrated outstanding civic and charitable responsibility. They epitomize give, advocate and volunteer.

This year’s recipients are …. Bob and Beth Allsop

Bob and Beth Allsop have been community philanthropists for their entire life. As long standing Tocqueville Society members, Bob and Beth exemplify the spirit of giving. They have been Diamond Donors to United Way and are original members of the Touch Tomorrow Society. Bob and Beth give to many charitable organizations.

As quiet and effective philanthropists, the Allsops have instilled giving into their family legacy and their son Steve is also active in the community. Bob remains active in Cedar Rapids Rotary and is a Paul Harris Fellow.

The Allsops love the Cedar Rapids community and share their passion for this region through their generosity to many nonprofits and their commitment to social change.

Spirit Award

The Spirit Award is presented to a company that demonstrates exceptional philanthropic commitment and community involvement.

This year’s award winner…. Nextera Energy Duane Arnold and their employees.

In 2008, when Palo was flooded, Nextera Energy employees showed an enormous amount of resiliency. While some companies had to cancel or postpone their United Way campaign, the employees of Nextera continued on. While their standard work hours ended, many of them helped a neighbor in need, a family member left with next to nothing, a stranger needing a listening ear.

Over the past several years, the Nextera campaign has had a steady increase in contributions. This past year they moved up our list of Top 50 companies…from No. 19 to No. 13. Their holiday train is a community favorite and is one of the most successful United Way special events on record. This event not only engages employees of Nextera but their retirees as well.

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