HIGH POINT, N.C., March 5, 2014 – High Point University was honored with five awards from the United Way of Greater High Point at the organization’s annual celebration on March 4, as well as being named the city of High Point’s third largest contributor for the 2013 campaign.
HPU received the following distinctions: The Spirit of NC Award, recognizing companies and employees for their outstanding support; Gold status for the Employee Campaign Awards, awarded when pledges from employees are equal to or greater than 100 percent of their equal share; the Eagle Award for leadership in giving; the Chairman’s Award for best practices; and the Community Spirit Award, presented to the organization that exemplifies the true spirit of community.
The HPU United Way Campaign raised more than $200,000 – a $15,000 increase over the 2012 campaign and a $29,000 increase over the 2011 campaign.
HPU students, faculty and staff also contributed more than 100,000 hours to community service organizations during the past year – and an integral part of the award is volunteer spirit. HPU volunteers at a variety of United Way charities, 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.
“The people at High Point University take pride in being High Point’s university,” says Dr. Don Scarborough, vice president for Community Relations at HPU. “We consider it an honor to be able to give back to our community in any way we can.”
The celebration was held in Phillips Hall on High Point University’s campus. The 2013 campaign was chaired by HPU alumnus Doug Witcher.