On Tuesday, November 25, 2014, I was honored to represent United Way of Salt Lake as we were awarded the coveted Common Good Award from Envision Utah. Envision Utah’s mission is to engage people to create and sustain communities that are beautiful, prosperous, healthy, and neighborly for current and future residents.
Envision Utah created the Common Good Awards to recognize people and organizations whose values and actions benefit the community as a whole.
Envision Utah presented the award to United Way of Salt Lake because, as described on its website, “In recent years, United Way has been transformed into a powerful agent for social change, focused on bringing partners together in new and innovative ways to identify problems and develop lasting solutions.”
United Way of Salt Lake shares the values of Envision Utah because we envision communities where every child:
- Has the basic skills to start kindergarten
- Is on grade level in reading, math and science
- Graduates from high school
- Goes on to college and completes either a certificate or a degree
- Has access to health care and a healthy environment
- Lives in a family that is financially stable
We also envision communities where families can break the cycles of poverty and dependence, and get on the road to self-reliance.
On behalf of our visionary and courageous Board of Directors, our talented and dedicated staff, our partners, who are willing to think and act outside the box, and our investors, who believe in us and in our vision, I was honored to accept the 2014 Common Good Award.