Karen Perham-Lippman Named United Way of Central and Northeastern Connecticut’s 2018 Community Service Award Winner

Mar.27, 2019

United Way Honor Presented at 94th Annual Meeting

Hartford, Conn. (March 27, 2019) — United Way of Central and Northeastern Connecticut celebrated its 94th Annual Meeting Tuesday where Karen Perham-Lippman, of Vernon, was named its 2018 Community Service Award winner.

The award is United Way’s highest volunteer honor and is given annually in memory of Dr. Frederick G. Adams for his service to our community.

For years, Perham-Lippman has supported United Way and other community organizations in various leadership volunteer roles. She has been a long-time advocate for families struggling to make ends meet, sharing her personal experiences from financial hardship to stability with the help of United Way-supported services. Karen has spoken at national and state forums on ALICE (Asset, Limited, Income Constrained, Employed) serves on the 2018 United Way Community Campaign Cabinet, and is a member of United Way Women United which advocates for family financial security.

“We’re pleased to recognize Karen with our United Way’s highest volunteer honor,” said Paula S. Gilberto, President and CEO, United Way of Central and Northeastern Connecticut. “She’s a fierce advocate for working families. Karen continually finds a way to make a difference for local children and families in our region.”

In addition, United Way elected its 2019 Board of Directors, revealed the highlights of its 2018 United Way Community Campaign, provided a look to the future and released its 2018 Annual Report.

94th Annual Meeting Highlights

Included among the highlights shared at the Annual Meeting were United Way’s local efforts to support youth success, economic mobility, access to health and basic needs for residents in our region:

  • More than 3,200 children enrolled in high-quality early childhood education programs;
  • 400 people got jobs through United Way-supported workforce programs; and,
  • 81,500 calls were placed to United Way 2-1-1 for information and referral services.

Thus far, through the leadership of Bimal Patel, President of Hartford HealthCare-Hartford Hospital, and 2018 United Way Community Campaign Chair, United Way has raised nearly $18 million and mobilized more than 6,500 volunteers from more than 35 local workplaces to participate in projects that benefit local children and families.

2019 Board of Directors

The following individuals were elected to the organization’s 2019 Board of Directors:

  • Donald Allan, Jr., Chair, Stanley Black & Decker (succeeding James P. O’Meara, Senior Vice President, Webster Bank)
  • Michael J. Auseré, Treasurer, Eversource
  • Peter Collins, Travelers
  • Colleen A. McGuire, Silver Fern Healthcare LLC
  • Natalie B. Morris, United Technologies Corporation
  • Richard J. Tavolieri, Deloitte & Touche LLP
  • Jaime Young, Aetna Inc.

Additional highlights and success stories are available in the 2018 Annual Report.

COMING SOON: Salesforce Philanthropy Cloud

Guests received an introduction to Salesforce Philanthropy Cloud (SPC), the next-generation philanthropy platform. SPC is a partnership of Salesforce and United Way Worldwide that will debut this Spring.