Dr. Aaron Titus (right), chair of the HPU Department of Physics, accepts the Spirit Award on behalf of High Point University during a ceremony honoring 2017 recipients. He is pictured with Joe Barnes (left), UWGHP director of campaign division.
HIGH POINT, N.C., Feb. 26, 2018 – High Point University is the recipient of its sixth consecutive Spirit of North Carolina Award from the United Way of Greater High Point. HPU’s commitment to giving and service was recognized during the United Way of North Carolina Annual Meeting on Feb. 21 in Pinehurst.
The HPU family raised $245,000 in 2017 to support the UWGHP and its partner agencies – a 544 percent increase since 2005. This represents a financial investment of $2,089,249 in the High Point community in the past 12 years.
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 a successful and creative campaign while practicing leadership giving, volunteerism, year-round education campaign rallies and more.
“The Spirit of North Carolina Award reflects more than dollars raised,” says Barry Kitley, director of community relations at HPU. “Supporting the United Way is ingrained in High Point University’s culture. Our student organizations volunteer with United Way agencies, and our faculty and staff dedicate immense time toward volunteering and serving on the boards of local nonprofits. The HPU family is committed to helping the citizens in the community where we reside.”
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.
“We congratulate HPU for receiving the prestigious Spirit of N.C. Award,” says Bobby Smith, UWGHP president. “Only dedicated organizations are selected annually to be so honored. United Way professionals are not allowed to vote for organizations from their own community, so HPU’s outstanding support was recognized by UW professionals from all over the state. The generous financial contributions from HPU’s faculty and staff are just one way our community is impacted by HPU. I see HPU students, faculty and staff at essentially every non-profit in greater High Point. We congratulate and thank HPU for their outstanding support!”