Milestone: United Way of Clallam County honors community contributors

United Way of Clallam County hosted its annual awards ceremony on May 6 at 7 Cedars Resort’s Club 7.

In addition to celebrating a successful fundraising campaign where more than $1.4 million was raised, 15 donors, partners, community leaders, outgoing board members and sponsors were honored for “their efforts and strong support in promoting a healthy and safe community for all,” United Way representatives said.

2021 awardees included:

• Hayley Sharpe, owner of MOSS. “Known for her style, artistic creations, and her beautiful Pacific Northwest inspired business, Hayley is honored for her leadership and generosity.”

• Nicole Goettling, owner of Bibity Bobity Child Care. “From sponsoring events, employing 11 people, and serving her community when they needed it the most, Nicole is recognized for her dedication, leadership and hard work to ensure that children in our community are cared for and safe, and that working families can continue to balance work and childcare – especially during the pandemic.”

• Jason and Rose Thompson, owners of Fog Town Coffee. “Their family owned and operated café opened in 2017 and is focused on making a positive impact in our community and delivering great coffee to their customers … they are honored for their partnership with many businesses and organizations to give back, sponsoring our Celebrate United Event in the fall, and volunteering at the dream playground.”

• Peninsula Behavioral Health (PBH)- This award was presented to PBH for their recent purchase of the All-View hotel in Port Angeles and for their efforts to turn it into permanent supportive housing for vulnerable members of our community.

• Cynthia Martin, founder of Parenting Matters Foundation. “Starting in 1995, Dr. Cynthia Martin spearheaded the development of the Parenting Matters Foundation. After more than 25 years of parenting education and classes, the organization made the tough decision to close due to COVID. Gathering restrictions made it challenging for the group to offer some of their signature in person programming. Prevention Works will take on their monthly parenting newsletter.”

• In honor of William Hardman for his legacy gift to United Way of Clallam County.

• 7 Cedars Casino of the Jamestown S’Klallam tribe. “The Jamestown Tribe is recognized for all that they do in our community from sponsoring events and supporting organizations to providing health care, employment, and community development. Innovation, entrepreneurship, and productivity are hallmarks of the Jamestown People. We are deeply grateful to them for their enduring care of the land.”

• Mel Melmed, a public health nurse, volunteers her time and expertise to many projects in Clallam County including the Port Angeles Healthy Youth Coalition, Crescent United, and the United Way’s Clallam Resilience Project as a NEAR Science educator. “Mel’s commitment to provide local young people with opportunities to contribute and learn in Clallam County directly led to the creation of The Clallam Resilience Project’s youth summer internship. She has also been integral to the formation of our local Handle with Care program.”

• Donna Pacheco, Senior Marketing Coordinator at Olympic Medical Center for her service as an employee campaign leader. “Donna consistently helps organize the United Way’s largest employee fundraising campaign. Over the last two years she’s done this as a hospital employee during a pandemic, and while winning an Aster Award for outstanding excellence in healthcare advertising, marketing, and communications.

• The North Olympic Library System. “Throughout the pandemic, NOLS continued offering necessary services to patrons while prioritizing safety and distributing crucial information. They were a source of stability and safety. During the extreme flooding events that isolated our west end communities, the libraries in Forks and Clallam Bay transformed into a distribution site for clean water, an access point for hygiene care, and other essential resources.”

• Tami Rose at Wilder Auto for her long-term service as an outstanding employee giving campaign coordinator. “Tami goes above and beyond during the employee giving season making it fun for her employees and offering incentives like gift cards and prizes to raise as much as she can for United Way.

• Outgoing board member Ray Chirayath. “Ray served as the chair of the Foundation Committee, Vice President, and President of the Board. He spearheaded our Get It Done Fund with Peninsula College helping students to avoid dropping out of their continuing education. In addition to serving with United Way, Ray is an active Rotarian, has served on the Sequim Chamber of Commerce and Port Angeles Education Board.”

• Outgoing board member, Dave Neupert for his six years of service to United Way of Clallam County.

• Tyler Johnson, for his year of service as President of the board. “From sponsoring events to hosting online fundraisers with his friends and family Tyler is honored for his commitment and dedication to United Way. Tyler is also a member of the Port Angeles Kiwanis Club, Nor Wester Rotary and he spent countless hours at the Port Angeles Dream Playground build this summer.

• Steve Methner for his volunteer leadership to the Dream Playground rebuild in Port Angeles and for being a long-time donor and sponsor to United Way.

About United Way of Clallam County

Since 1952 years, the United Way of Clallam County has “advanced the common good by partnering with local nonprofits whose work focuses on education, financial stability and health; which are the building blocks for a good quality of life,” the organization said.

“The mission of the United Way is to strengthen the community by helping people live safe, healthy, and productive lives. This work helps to improve situations for families today and strengthens the entire community for the future.”

For more information about United Way, visit unitedwayclallam.org.