February 11th is National 2-1-1 Day. To mark the occasion, the United Way of Rhode Island celebrates at the State House with awards presented to those who have made a difference to the statewide resource center during the past year.
As Board Chair of United Way's 2-1-1, Joanne McGunagle presented the awards, alongside Tony Maione, United Way's CEO. The 2015 awards/recipients were:
The 2-1-1 Community Partner Award: Paul Salera, CEO of Westbay Community Action, for his leadership in improving relationships within the 2-1-1 service network with a focus on local community action programs.
The 2-1-1 Volunteer Award: Amanda O’Bannon, a professional storyteller who became a 2-1-1 volunteer in 2014; she donates her time as a call specialist and provides data support.
The 2-1-1 Innovation Award: Kathy McKeon, supervisor, office of community services and Catholic charities for the Providence Diocese, for her efforts in identifying the need for an after-hours crisis line for seniors and her work to help launch the new 2-1-1 service.
The 2-1-1 Steadfast Support Award:
Larry Grimaldi, Chief of Information/Public Relations for the RI Department of Elderly Affairs, who has expanded the program’s service to the state’s senior population.