Volunteers play an integral role in United Way’s work to make our community stronger. Through their involvement, volunteers make immediate and lasting change by improving lives and building a vibrant community for everyone. Uniting community members to make a difference for our neighbors, volunteers see first-hand how United Way Hastings & Prince Edward is helping to improve lives.
The Jack Hartling Volunteer of the Year Award is presented for exceptional and steadfast commitment to United Way Hastings & Prince Edward. Each year, there seems to be a volunteer who stands out, who consistently goes above and beyond, who is always there to help, there to demonstrate in meaningful ways, their commitment; there to lead, by example, and 2016 was no different.
The 2016 winner of the Jack Hartling Volunteer of the Year Award is Carmela Ruberto.
Carmela Ruberto has been actively involved with United Way Hastings & Prince Edward for over 12 years as a member of the Citizen Review Panel and then joined the Board of Directors. Carmela served on the Board for 10 years and during that time was Secretary and Chair of the Personnel Committee. Since her ‘retirement’ from the Board of Directors, Carmela has taken on the role as Campaign Cabinet member and joined the Casino Planning Committee. At the UWHPE annual Achievement Celebration, Carmela was awarded the Jack Hartling 2016 Hastings and Prince Edward Volunteer of the Year Award.
Outstanding Commitment Awards
During this year’s celebration a number of organizations were recognized for their outstanding commitment to United Way Hastings & Prince Edward. Through several different methods these workplaces have cultivated a spirit of United Way “ism” whereby giving back and supporting the community has become the standard. Examples of this include encouraging their employees to sit on our Board of Directors, becoming members of our cabinet, working at our events and community sales, donating gifts in kind, hosting events on our behalf and coordinating their own events in support of United Way Hastings & Prince Edward
This philosophy is not something that happens overnight. It takes enormous effort and energy on the part of many individuals to ensure the ongoing success of a workplace campaign when there are so many other priorities within that workplace.
“Outstanding Commitment to United Way Hastings & Prince Edward” Awards were presented to:
Belleville Police Service
Hanon Systems Canada Inc.
SafeStart, a division of Electrolab Training Systems
Hastings Housing Resource Centre/ Youthab