Honoring Our Volunteers
Thursday, April 25, 2019
Wes Urch Volunteer Service Award recipients: Tom Stratton and Melanie Miller, along with Peter Kelly, President and CEO at United Way Fox Cities
Contributor: Peter C. Kelly, President and CEO at United Way Fox Cities
Earlier this week at our Annual Report to the Community, we recognized two individuals for their years of volunteerism helping us fulfill our mission of building a stronger, more caring community for everyone. Melanie Miller and Tom Stratton received the Wes Urch Volunteer Service Award, named in honor of Wes Urch, who was the first executive director of the Neenah-Menasha Community Chest and remained a very active community volunteer after retirement.
Melanie Miller: Melanie served on our board of directors for six years and is currently on the Community Impact Council. It was her four years as treasurer and finance committee chair that distinguished her involvement. Melanie helped us to revise our investment strategy and manage the transition into a structured portfolio of assets at the Community Foundation of the Fox Valley Region. She has also worked with the operations and finance department to update polices and implement technology changes that have led to much greater efficiencies. As one judge commented, “Melanie has demonstrated a high level of commitment to United Way, has leveraged her professional expertise, and helped the organization make changes that have improved both the financial strength and community connectedness of United Way Fox Cities.” Melanie has been an invaluable asset to United Way.
Tom Stratton: Tom has been a volunteer for United Way Fox Cities for nearly 15 years. He started his involvement with the Strengthening Families Impact Area in 2004; serving as its vice-chair from 2011 thru August 2014, and chair from September 2014 to the present. He has led the Impact Area through several issue-prioritization processes and the creation of our community-level goal: children are free of abuse and neglect. Most recently, he chaired the child abuse and neglect work group to develop performance measures for this work. Tom has served on the grants committee and, in 2014, joined the Community Impact Council, the governing entity for all of our community investments. He continues to serve in that important role, as well as being a member of numerous task forces related to our community impact work. Tom is more than a volunteer, he’s also an issue area expert on such topics as older adults, persons with disabilities, aging trends, and state and local funding of human services. We are extremely fortunate that Tom has chosen to serve our community through United Way.