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United Way announces Annual Award winners

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June 22, 2020

 

 United Way of York County was pleased to recognize three outstanding volunteers with awards at its Annual Meeting on Monday, June 15, 2020. The Annual Awards celebrate the dedicated volunteer leadership and the partnerships that help us to #LIVEUNITED as we work to build a stronger, caring community. 

Below are the 2019 United Way of York County award winners: 

Kervin Myer, Volunteer of the Year 

Kervin Myer is an audit partner with leading advisory, tax and assurance firm Baker Tilly’s manufacturing and distribution practice. He brings over 30 years of public accounting experience and is a licensed CPA in Pennsylvania. Kervin is passionate about community involvement. A graduate of Leadership York’s Leadership Training Program, Kervin has served as a board member in the past or present for Better York, the American Red Cross South Central PA chapter, York Benevolent Association, ValleyView Alliance Church, York County Literacy Council and Logos Academy. Kervin is also involved with the York County Economic Alliance’s Economics Club and the Rotary Club of York. Kervin completed this month his second term as a member of United Way of York County’s Board of Directors, and has also served with United Way as a member of the Executive Committee, the Board Treasurer, a member of the Finance Committee, and as the Chair of the Facility Task Force. Kervin is thoughtful in his approach and generous with his time, and we appreciate all that he has given to United Way of York County over his many years of involvement. We are proud to recognize Kervin Myer as the 2019 Volunteer of the Year. 

Joe Rilatt, Distinguished Service Award 

Joe joined Fulton Bank in 1991 as a member of the bank’s Management Trainee Program, and now serves as President of Fulton Bank’s Central Pennsylvania Region, consisting of 12 counties. 

A United Way volunteer for over 25 years, Joe has served as Campaign Chair and Chair of the United Way of York County Board of Directors. He has also served as a member of the Finance Committee, a member and Chair of the Facility Task Force, and a member of the Search Committee for the transition of Bob Woods’ retirement and Anne Druck’s hire as President in 2018. Truly, Joe believes in United Way’s mission and our ability to make an impact in the community, and applies this dedication to every role he’s served in for United Way of York County. We are proud to recognize Joe with the 2019 Distinguished Service Award. 

Deb Gogniat, Community Builder Award 

Deborah Gogniat has been active with the York County community for over 20 years. For the past seven years she has served as Healthy York County Coalition’s coordinator, recently organizing the coalition’s 25th Anniversary Celebration. As the only staff member of this volunteer-driven organization, Deb has served as the convener —bringing together representatives from the 47 agencies that comprise the coalition. Working with over 100 volunteers Deb has helped conduct health needs assessments, provide programs and communications to promote healthy living, and advocate for health access & policy changes to improve health — a true Community Builder. 

Prior to her current position, Deb served 14 years with United Way of York County as Campaign 

Director and later Major Gifts Director. During that time, she helped grow the Alexis de Tocqueville program from 28 to 98 members. In addition to her professional work, Deb has devoted her time to volunteering with a number of local nonprofits. Currently she volunteers with the York County Literacy Council, Pappus House, 3P Ride (an initiative of rabbittransit), the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of York, and with United Way’s Public Policy Committee. Although Deb will be retiring this summer, we know she will continue to be active in the community and set an inspirational example for the next generation of leaders. We are proud to recognize Deb Gogniat with the 2019 Community Builder Award. 

“Our valued volunteers are critical to the impact that United Way has in our community,” said Anne Druck, President, United Way of York County. “Among more than 2,000 individuals who gave their time, energy and talents to our organization in the past year, these individuals stand out as tremendous examples of what it means to go above and beyond. Thank you for your service to United Way and to York County.” 

About United Way of York County 

For over 99 years, United Way of York County has worked in the York County community to improve people’s lives. It began as The York Welfare Federation, an organization that raised funds on behalf of 17 member agencies. Today, as United Way of York County, the mission of raising community funds remains the same, but the strategies have broadened in order to meet the growing and changing needs of people living in York County. 

United Way has adapted over the years and now collaborates with other public and private organizations to engage the community in addressing the complex issues facing York County. By developing initiatives that get at the root causes of these issues, United Way and its partners find solutions and fund programs that improve the lives of 1 in 4 people in York County. Through gifts to the Community Fund, United Way is able to invest those dollars into 66 programs supported by 35 Partner Agencies. These programs address human services needs across three Focus Areas: Education, Health, and Financial Stability. This enables United Way to tackle the immediate and continuing needs of York County families and individuals and to create real, lasting change that matters to you and the community. 


Contact: 

Sarah Chain Marketing & Events Manager 

United Way of York County 

Direct: (717) 771-3820 Cell: (203) 731-7228 

chains@unitedway-york.org