HPU Honored with United Way’s ‘Spirit of North Carolina’ Award

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HPU students donated more than 1,000 pounds of food for the United Way of Greater High Point’s 21st Annual Postal Food Drive in 2013.

HIGH POINT, N.C., Feb. 21, 2014 – High Point University was honored today with the 2013 “Spirit of North Carolina” award by the United Way during the organization’s statewide meeting in Pinehurst, N.C. HPU was one of two universities in the state to receive the award.

This is the fifth time HPU has received the award. The HPU community has embraced the spirit of giving with its annual employee campaign, which this year totaled $200,000 – a $15,000 increase over the 2012 campaign and a $29,000 increase over the 2011 campaign.

“High Point University is High Point’s university,” says Dr. Nido Qubein, president of HPU. “We are proud to partner with the United Way to improve the lives of so many in our community.”

Applications for the award were judged in January by a panel of United Way professionals from across the state. Awards were presented to companies and organizations that held not only a successful campaign, but also practiced leadership giving, volunteerism, year-round education campaign rallies and more.

HPU students, faculty and staff contributed more than 100,000 hours of community service during the past year, and an integral part of the award is volunteer spirit. HPU volunteers at a variety of United Way partner agencies, including the Boys and Girls Clubs, YMCA, Big Brothers Big Sisters, The Arc of High Point, Open Door Ministries, West End Ministries, Salvation Army and many more.

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