WOODSTOCK – The United Way of Greater McHenry County has named a District 200 employee as its Volunteer of the Year, citing the district’s annual appearance as one of the organization’s top fundraisers.
The award went to Teresa Dailey, District 200 director of human resources, who has overseen efforts to collect donations toward United Way from district employees.
“I was extraordinarily surprised by the recognition,” Dailey said. “And I was very pleased, but it’s an honor that belongs to a bunch of individuals. There are a lot of people that help when we conduct our annual campaign.”
District 200 has brought in the most funds for United Way of all McHenry County school districts several years in a row, said Steve Otten, executive director of United Way of Greater McHenry County.
United Way is a community-focused organization that supports 48 human service programs in McHenry County through 24 agencies. About 98 percent of the organization’s net income gets put back into the county, covering services such as senior day care and nutrition programs, counseling and emergency food and shelter.
Last year, about one in four greater McHenry County residents, or about 84,000 total, were helped by a partner agency of the United Way, according to the organization.
But to raise the funds that make that possible, the organization turns to local volunteers to help spearhead fundraising efforts.
“We rely heavily on the volunteers at the various companies and places that run campaigns for us,” Otten said. “Those are the people at the front lines that can make a huge difference.”
In District 200, that was Dailey, Otten said.
“I feel very strongly about supporting a campaign that supports local residents,” she said. “I’m a proud McHenry County resident myself and am glad to help out in any way.”
Dailey said the district runs a yearly campaign for the organization targeting employees for donations. She said she’s had help from several others, who’ve led efforts at their respective district buildings during the campaign.
“I believe that many individuals realize the need that exists in the county,” she said. “There are great people that are willing to support the organizations that United Way helps to fund.”