Lenawee United Way, a local chapter of United Way, is all about building up communities through education, empowerment and social change. Since Michigan State University Extension works with a similar vision, a partnership between one of our staff members and the local United Way chapter is a great opportunity for collaboration. Janelle Stewart, an educator for Michigan 4-H, is also a United Way board member and served as board chair from 2012 to 2014. This service has earned Janelle the upcoming honor of the Stubnitz Award, which is presented to a person demonstrating exemplary commitment to the mission of Lenawee United Way and volunteerism.
This award will be presented as part of the Lenawee United Way annual meeting on June 23.
Carol Boyce, interim executive director at Lenawee United Way, explained why Janelle is being honored, “Stewart provided leadership to the United Way volunteers responsible for determining funding allocation, trained funded agencies and assisted in many other capacities. Stewart truly exemplifies the ‘Live United’ philosophy, by thinking of ‘we’ before “me.’”
In the article announcing the event, active community members or aspiring leaders are encouraged to attend Lenawee United Way’s annual meeting on June 23. (Just send an RSVP email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 263-4696 by June 6.)
Although the award is for her commitment to Lenawee United Way, it is also reflective on the commitment Janelle has shown for her community and MSU Extension’s values. Congratulations, Janelle!