United Way announces annual award winners, accomplishments

United Way of Bartholomew County is announcing its annual award winners as part of its virtual annual meeting.

The agency announced this week that information about this year’s activities and achievements would be released through social media and e-mail instead of the traditional in-person meeting.

Among the annual awards announced this week was the LIVE UNITED award to Columbus Regional Health, Volunteer of the Year to Mary Beth Wert and Advocate of the Year to Jenni Carr. The individual GIVE award is going to Pat and Diane Ward and the corporate GIVE award is going to Enkei America.

According to the agency, more than 3,800 people received basic needs including food, clothing and shelter through the United Way of Bartholomew County. A community COVID-19 relief fund raised more than $600 thousand dollars, which helped more than 4,500 people with basic needs during the pandemic.