Most Generous Workplaces

Campaign Appreciation Awards

At the end of every campaign, UWRV extends its appreciation for all of the time and effort that goes into running a workplace campaign.

ECM of the Year: Devin Tobin

An Employee Campaign Manager is a very special individual. They are an employee volunteer who each years takes on the added responsibility of running their organization’s United Way Campaign. The ECM of the Year is someone who takes their United Way Campaign that extra mile. They use the opportunity to build their leadership, build workplace engagement and build their community. Each year we chose an ECM who brings that extra bit of spark to their organization’s campaign by providing volunteer experience, special events, education, community engagement and so much more.

ECM Hall of Fame: Gloria Stultz

This award recognizes the service of ECMs who year after year return to run their organization’s United Way Campaign. Though their longevity is impressive, their effort and commitment to the United Way is the perfect model for what it means to Live United. Their enthusiasm and love for their community makes them a shining star in their organizations and to us.


This award focuses on the organizations and individuals that are strong advocates for the United Way Impact Fund. The Impact Fund provides the discretionary resources that drive our investments in critical, life-changing programs across the Roanoke Valley. This support allows our volunteers to dive deep into the needs of the community to implement strategies and actions that create lasting change. The Impact Fund are the dollars that United Way is able to leverage into ten times the impact in the community.

Shining Star:

We often refer to this group of people as “boots on the ground.” They are the organizations that providing direct services to our community, running the programs our workplaces and donors support. We at the United Way know how special and vital these organizations are to serving our community and we could simply not thank them enough. This award recognizes a Community Impact Partner that has gone the extra mile to re-invest back into their community and the “boots on the ground” work that help lift up our Valley.

Spirit of the Community Award:

Each year, this award recognizes a company exhibiting outstanding year-round support of not ONLY United Way, but their community as a whole. This organization prides itself on being a part of its community through corporate and sponsorship, leadership, supporting community events, volunteerism and showing a year-round presence in the community-building activities.

Community Builder:




This award recognizes the company that has shown outstanding support, best practices, engagement, volunteering, and advocating for United Way and its partners.

Lead United: Chris Whitlow

Recognizes a very special individual that leads their peers and employees not only in the daily work but also in the importance of supporting their community. This person advocates for United Way by leading through example.

Distinguished Service Award:

Diane Speaks

Matthew Thomas

The most non-renewable resources that we have is time. The distinguished Service award recipient is someone who gives support, gives a voice and gives their time to the needs of United Way and their community.