United Way Miami Celebrates 2024 Annual Meeting, Recognizes Volunteers
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United Way Miami Celebrates 2024 Annual Meeting, Recognizes Volunteers

Corporate partners, community leaders and supporters came together to celebrate a century of service and honor extraordinary volunteers.

United Way Miami, one of Miami-Dade’s largest and oldest nonprofit organizations, hosted its 2024 Annual Meeting and Volunteer Awards on Monday, June 17, at The Ritz-Carlton Coconut Grove in Miami, bringing together corporate partners, community leaders and supporters to celebrate a century of service and honor extraordinary volunteers.

United Way Miami President and CEO Symeria Hudson highlighted the organization’s progress over the past year, including the growth of UpSkill Miami and the impact of the United Way Center for Excellence in Early Education (CFE). Reflecting on United Way Miami’s centennial, she shared her thoughts on how the next century of service is taking shape.

“Our annual meeting and volunteer awards are a celebration of the collective impact of our volunteers, board members, staff and supporters. This year is especially significant as we commemorate 100 years of United Way Miami, a testament to a century of service and community dedication,” Hudson said.

“United Way Miami has honored exceptional individuals who have championed the cause of improving the education, financial stability and health of Miami residents. As we look to the future, their remarkable contributions will continue to inspire and shape the next century of our mission. Congratulations to all of our honorees for their unwavering commitment to making Miami a stronger community.”

The Volunteer Awards recognized and celebrated volunteers who have had a transformative impact on United Way Miami and the people the organization serves. Six exceptional individuals have forever changed the Miami community for the better through their service and commitment to United Way’s mission:

Florida State Representative Vicki L. Lopez received the Public Service Leadership Award for his dedication to improving services and policies for children and families in Miami-Dade.

Willard FairPresident and CEO of the Urban League of Greater Miami, received the Monsignor Walsh Outstanding Human Services Professional Award for more than 60 years of leadership in advancing the development of a compassionate and effective human services system in our community.

Thelma GibsonFounding Patron, Board Member and Namesake of Thelma Gibson Health Initiative Inc., received the Essie Silva Community Builder Award for her seven-decade commitment to community service and advocacy for the most marginalized, underserved and underrepresented people in our community.

Robert E. SanchezPresident and CEO of Ryder System Inc., received the Dorothy Shula Award for Outstanding Volunteerism for his significant impact and commitment to bringing hope and opportunity to the lives of others through his unwavering support of United Way Miami for countless decades.

Milana Lamdan And Zahra Marie RoniziMiami-Dade County students received the Outstanding Youth Award for their leadership, commitment and character in serving the community.

Additionally, the program also recognized Miami-Dade County Public Schools, one of United Way’s largest workplace employee campaign partners, for surpassing the $1 million mark, raising $1,153,146 this year. Seven top-performing schools were recognized.

The success of the 2024 Annual Meeting and Volunteer Awards was made possible by the generous support of sponsors and partners including City National Bank, Greenberg Traurig, American Airlines, The Miami Herald/El Nuevo Heraldand the Ritz-Carlton Coconut Grove Miami.


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