HIGH POINT, N.C., Feb. 27, 2017 – High Point University has been honored with the Spirit of North Carolina Award from the United Way of Greater High Point after the university became one of the largest contributors in the city for the 2016 campaign.
The HPU family raised $240,580 in 2016 to support the UWGHP and its partner agencies – a 533 percent increase from 2005.
Applications for the Spirit of North Carolina Award were judged by a panel of United Way professionals from all over North Carolina. Awards were presented to companies and organizations that held not only a successful and creative campaign, but also practiced leadership giving, volunteerism, year-round education campaign rallies and more.
“As an anchor institution in High Point, High Point University is committed to supporting the United Way. I am proud that our city always comes together to support their efforts and the efforts of partner agencies,” said HPU President Dr. Nido Qubein. “Together, we are building a stronger community.”
In addition to the annual campaign, students, faculty and staff donate 100,000 hours of service each year to the United Way and other agencies. According to United Way calculations, those volunteer hours are valued at $2.3 million.
“Thanks to the generous support of the High Point University staff and faculty, thousands of High Point area residents will find help when they need it in 2017 from the 28 partner agencies of the United Way of Greater High Point,” said Bobby Smith, president of UWGHP. “HPU is one of the largest donors to the United Way and once again has been honored with the prestigious ‘Spirit of North Carolina’ award for campaign excellence by the United Way of NC. However, HPU’s impact on our citizens extends far beyond their annual giving campaign. For example, we are already working on the next Med-Assist/Over-The-Counter Drug event, which will provide free medications to over 1,000 individuals on April 7. The expanding health sciences programs at HPU have also made a huge impact on this event, which is the largest one in NC, according to Med-Assist.”