PINEHURST – FirstHealth of the Carolinas has received the Chairman’s Award of Excellence from the United Way of Moore County for outstanding contributions to the community during 2011.
An award of distinction, the United Way Chairman’s Award recognizes local organizations that adhere to a proven set of “Best Campaign Practices” and produce increases in their overall fund-raising campaign for their local United Way. The award was presented to FirstHealth for a campaign that showed consistent results in employee participation, excellence in leadership, outstanding community dedication and annual campaign increases.
“Our board of directors think this is a tremendous accomplishment,” said Linda Pearson, executive director of United Way of Moore County. “It says a lot about FirstHealth employees who get excited about giving back to their communities.”
Over the past four years, the FirstHealth employee campaign has grown steadily from a $65,000 campaign in 2008 to a 2011 campaign that raised more than $105,000.
“There has been a steady growth in the campaign each year, and we see a lot of attention and commitment, from executive level-to staff-, giving and making it a success each year,” Pearson said.
FirstHealth has been recognized statewide for three consecutive years as a recipient of the Spirit of North Carolina Award for Campaign Excellence. This is the second year the organization has received the Chairman’s Award.
“We believe that the more our donors know about United Way and how it works in our community, the more supportive they have become over the years,” Pearson said. “When we coordinate our Day of Caring, FirstHealth employees are right there pitching in and learning more about how the dollars they contribute are being used. We hope to have even more opportunities like that for Day of Caring volunteers this year.”
The Moore County United Way’s eighth annual Day of Caring will take place on Friday, Sept. 7. The Day of Caring brings volunteers from the local community together to serve on projects to benefit local nonprofit organizations.
Volunteers come from all over Moore County – including FirstHealth, St. Joseph of the Pines and Moore County Schools – to assist on United Way projects that include coordinating school supplies for children, indoor and outdoor painting, outdoor beautification projects and more.
“The purpose of FirstHealth is to care for people,” said Chris Miller, administrative director for FirstHealth Community Health Services. “Our participation in the United Way campaign and partnership with the United Way of Moore County are natural extensions of our core purpose. It’s just one more way that FirstHealth can help the residents of our wonderful community.”