The United Way of Posey County offers opportunities for volunteering in Posey County, including fundraising, serving on the citizen review committee of agencies requesting funds, or helping with events throughout the year, such as the Letter Carriers Food drive each May, volunteering at the Mount Vernon Food Pantry or helping at one-time fundraising events. Campaign volunteers are needed from September through mid-December. Volunteers in the citizen review process of agencies requesting funding work from mid-September to the end of November. It is the efforts of the citizen review committee, which studies agencies requesting funding and makes a recommendation on whether an agency should receive funding and in what amount, that helps to ensure that contributions to the United Way of Posey County are wisely and effectively used for important community services and programs and not wasted.
Elizabeth D. Baier Youth Spirit Award
RECIPIENT OF THE ELIZABETH D. BAIER YOUTH SPIRIT AWARD ANNOUNCED
Kenzie Paul, a student at Mount Vernon Senior High School, has been selected as recipient of the Elizabeth D. Baier Youth Spirit Award for 2019. The Award, in the amount of $500, is given annually to an incoming high school senior who is a resident of Posey County and who is involved in community activities in Posey County.
The Elizabeth D. Baier Youth Spirit Award was created in September 2007 in honor of Elizabeth D. Baier’s 25th Anniversary as Executive Director of the United Way of Posey County. Michelle Hudson, Past-President of the United Way of Posey County and a member of the selection committee, said,” The United Way of Posey County wanted to recognize Elizabeth for her service to the United Way, but we also wanted to honor her for her many years of leadership, community involvement, and volunteer services to Posey County. An award recognizing exemplary volunteerism by young people had been a dream of Elizabeth’s for many years, so the creation of the Youth Spirit Award in her name seemed to be the perfect way to honor her.”
Kenzie is the daughter of Joe and Heather Paul and is involved as a volunteer and leader in many school and community activities. She has been active in girls soccer, Key Club, Ribeyre Gym Restoration Group, 4-H, DECA, and the Lucky Fin Project, and participated in the United Way of Posey County Day of Caring. During her sophomore year, she founded Helping Hands, in which she fabricates and assembles prosthetic hands for children, a program to which she has dedicated hundreds of hours. In her future, Kenzie hopes to take Helping Hands to the next level by implementing myo-electric sensorware into her hand and arm prosthetics. Kenzie has been described by a high school instructor as “an inspiration to many because of her positive attitude, dedication, leadership, enthusiasm and work ethic.”
The Elizabeth D. Baier Youth Spirit Award will be presented to Kenzie at the United Way of Posey County Leadership Giving Dinner on August 29. For more information regarding the Award or the United Way’s Leadership Giving Program, please call 812-838-3757, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kenzie Paul is the 2019 recipient of the Elizabeth D. Baier Youth Spirit Award