Campaign Awards

Each year at our Annual Meeting we give out three awards to individuals whom have been exemplary volunteers for our annual campaign. Nominees are selected and voted on by the Campaign Cabinet and Board of Directors.

Employee Campaign Coordinator of the Year

The Employee Campaign Coordinator is the person within a company that runs all of the details of a campaign, from setting up campaign kick off’s to tracking pledge cards this person is the heart of the campaign. Without these people our campaigns would not be possible and the United Way NSV would not be able to do all the great work we do.

The United Way NSV Employee Campaign Coordinator of the Year Award recognizes an employee campaign coordinator (or team) who has shown an exemplary commitment to the United Way in the areas of GIVE. ADVOCATE. VOLUNTEER.

The Award Recognizes:

  • Commitment to Campaign Best Practices
  • United Way NSV participation beyond Campaign Activities
  • Significant and impactful Campaign results as a direct result of Coordinator

The 2020 Employee Campaign Coordinator of the Year is Jessica Neff of First Bank!

Jessica NeffJessica has been volunteering with United Way for several years through the Society of Emerging Leaders and Fund Distribution. This year, she took over as the ECM for First Bank's campaign. In a difficult year, she did a great job executing their campaign with some successful events including a virtual 5K and online auction leading them to surpass their total fundraising from the previous year!






Campaign Volunteer of the Year

This award recognizes those who work so closely with us on the annual campaign, these individuals work lots of hours, make lots of phone calls and are really dedicated to the success of the campaign. The United Way NSV Campaign Volunteer of the Year Award recognizes a Campaign Volunteer who has made a significant impact on the results of the Campaign.

The Award Recognizes:

  • A commitment to achieving fundraising success through the campaign.
  • Creative approaches to reaching new donors.
  • An exemplary effort to reaching financial success.

The 2020 Employee Campaign Coordinator of the Year is Blake Curtis of First Bank!

Blake CurtisBlake has been a leadership donor of United Way for more than a decade and for a number of years has been an integral part of our sponsorship support. In his time volunteering with United Way, he has secured more than $100,000 in Day of Caring sponsorships for our organization, along with more than $50,000 in local grants and foundation support.







Rookie of the Year

This award recognizes those who might be new to volunteer leadership with United Way NSV and have demonstrated an outstanding commitment to United Way. The United Way NSV Rookie of the Year Award is given to a new volunteer who has demonstrated extraordinary commitment to United Way NSV.

The Award Recognizes:

  • A volunteer who has served United Way NSV in some capacity within 2 years of nomination.
  • Provided a strong leadership role and made a significant in the areas of GIVE, ADVOCATE or VOLUNTEER.
  • Demonstrates United Way values in a personal and professional capacity.

The 2020 Employee Campaign Coordinator of the Year is Blake Watts of Winchester Radiologists!

Blake WattsBlake has been a leadership donor of United Way for more than 15 years. This year, he joined the Campaign Cabinet and immediately jumped in by getting a new campaign started between Winchester Imaging and Winchester Radiologists. While a lot of campaigns start small when they’re just getting off the ground, Blake and his team successfully raised more than $8,000 in their first campaign. Blake has been consistently engaged since joining the cabinet and is always willing to help out when needed. He has done a great job assisting with outreach and bringing in new gifts, helping to lead our Professionals Division to a divisional high over $60,000 this year.

Past Recipients

Employee Campaign Coordinator of the Year Award

2019 — Rochelle Lloyd

2018 — Shenandoah Valley Orthodontics

2017 — Trex Company UW Committee

2016 — Linda Kerns

2015 — Elizabeth Campbell

Campaign Volunteer of the Year Award

2019 — Chris Holthaus

2018 — Millie Thompson

2017 — Denise Snapp

2016 — Lee Leonard

2015 — Lori Fountain Bales

Rookie of the Year Award

2019 — Matthew Laird

2018 — Beth Falu

2017 — Millie Thompson

2016 — Dr. Damon DeArment

2015 — Donna Berger