During its Annual Meeting and Luncheon today, United Way of the Midlands (UWM) was proud to present its second annual “Campaign Recognition Awards:” “Volunteer Organization of the Year,” “New Business Partner of the Year” and “Corporate Partner of the Year.” UWM created the “Campaign Recognition Awards” to honor the organizations that invest in our community through the UWM campaign.

During the event, UWM also reported back to the community, shared goals for future impact and celebrated its 2019 “Citizens of the Year” – Barbara and Wally Weitz. Annette and Paul Smith, the 2018 “Citizens of the Year,” presented the award to the Weitz’s.

More than 500 people were in attendance at the meeting.

The winners of the “Campaign Recognition Awards” were as follows:

Volunteer Organization of the Year: Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska (BCBSNE) has generously supported UWM through volunteerism for many years. During the 2018 campaign year, 430 of their employees participated in UWM volunteer events.

351 of these employees participated in volunteer projects during UWM’s signature volunteer event in the fall, Day of Caring. An additional 79 volunteers read to local children during UWM’s signature volunteer event in the summer, Day of Action.

Blue Cross and Blue Shield has been serving Nebraskans for over 80 years and is committed to providing stability and security to Nebraska families and is leading the way in supporting patient-focused care. Blue Cross and Blue Shield is the state’s largest health insurance company, and the only one headquartered in Nebraska.

New Business Partner of the Year: Midwest Maintenance, Co. Inc.

Midwest Maintenance held an engaging first-year campaign, raising an impressive sum for UWM.

Midwest Maintenance is a building services contractor company that provides commercial cleaning services, janitorial services and floor care.

Corporate Partner of the Year – Under 100 Employees: IBEW Local 22

The IBEW Local 22 labor union has been a dedicated UWM partner for more than 25 years. During the 2018 campaign year, they exceeded the amount raised through their 2017 campaign by an impressive twelve times over.

Local 22 is one of 2,376 local electrical unions across the United States and has been Omaha’s Electrical Construction Union since 1892. The union is designed to provide assistance and a voice for the local electrical worker in all matters and issues that affect their lives.

Corporate Partner of the Year – 100-199 Employees: Lindsay Corporation

Lindsay Corporation has been a proud partner of UWM for 13 years. During the 2018 campaign year, they exceeded the amount raised through their 2017 campaign by more than five times. UNITED WAY OF THE MIDLANDS CONTACT: Brayton Hagge (bhagge@uwmidllands.org) Office: 402.522.7963 | Mobile: 605.661.2137 Jill Samuelson (jsamuelson@uwmidlands.org) Office: 402.522.7922 | Mobile: 402.319.8213

With its Global Headquarters in Omaha, Lindsay Corporation is a leading global manufacturer and distributor of irrigation and infrastructure equipment and technology. Established in 1955, the company has been at the forefront of research and development of innovative solutions to meet the food, fuel, fiber and transportation needs of the world’s rapidly growing population.

Corporate Partner of the Year – 200-799 Employees: SCHEELS

SCHEELS has generously donated to the community through UWM for 12 years. During the 2018 campaign year, they doubled the amount they raised for UWM in the previous year.

SCHEELS is an employee-owned, privately held all sports retailer and entertainment destination with stores in 12 states including North Dakota, Iowa, Minnesota, South Dakota, Montana, Wisconsin, Nebraska, Nevada, Illinois, Utah, Kansas and Colorado.

Corporate Partner of the Year – 800+ Employees: Valmont Industries, Inc.

Valmont has generously supported UWM for 10 years. During the 2018 campaign year, they exceeded the amount raised through their 2016 campaign by more than 7%.

Headquartered in Omaha, Valmont Industries is a leading, global producer and distributor of products and services for the infrastructure and agricultural markets. They have 87 manufacturing facilities in 23 countries, operate across 6 continents and do business in more than 100 countries.

About the United Way of the Midlands United Way of the Midlands (UWM) has served the Omaha-Council Bluffs metro for more than 95 years. Guided by best practices and community input, it approaches poverty in a specific way – a “united” way. With the support of volunteers, community partners and donors, UWM invests 92 cents of every donated dollar in our local community. These dollars fund basic needs, education and financial stability programs at local nonprofits, creating a circle of support for people in need. Please visit unitedwaymidlands.org for more information.

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