At its annual dinner Tuesday, United Way of Greater McHenry County recognized Woodstock School District 200 and human resources director Teresa Dailey for the significant payroll contributions employees have made to the nonprofit.
United Way Marketing Director Heather Arnold and Executive Director Carole Peters presented Dailey and District 200 with the agency’s inaugural Blackboard Award, which honors the school district whose employees donate the most to United Way’s annual campaign.
This year, District 200 employees raised more than $15,000 for United Way, with an average contribution of $180 for each employee.
Arnold said Dailey’s successful efforts have inspired United Way to deepen its relationships with other area school districts, where it hopes to repeat the success it has had with Woodstock school employees.
“Teresa was one of the few people running an active campaign within a school district,” Arnold said. “We now have more school districts than we’ve ever had.”
Dailey said she began actively seeking support for United Way within the district about 15 years ago.
She attends several staff meetings within the 12-school district each fall with a pitch for United Way donations, which are contributed through payroll checks.
“I really believe in the agencies they support and that this money is going directly to some organizations who are near and dear to my heart,” Dailey said.
Dailey said school staff work directly with children who benefit from United Way services, and it is easy for them to see how important those donations are to real families with real needs.
Dailey also has served on United Way’s allocations committees, where the funds are distributed to about
30 member agencies, from Big Brothers Big Sisters of McHenry County and Home of the Sparrow to TLS Veterans and Senior Services Associates Inc.
Dailey, who will retire from District 200 at the end of the month, said she hopes the United Way legacy in District 200 will continue for many years to come. She said she is pleased to see neighboring school districts become more active.
District 200 Superintendent Mike Moan applauded Dailey’s efforts.
“Teresa has been a tireless advocate for United Way for many years, and has left a tremendous impact on our staff with one more way that they can make a positive difference in the lives of young people, which is what our district is all about,” he said.