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York County Volunteers Recognized for Outstanding Service




United Way of York County annually presents awards to identify individuals who have gone above and beyond with their commitment to United Way’s efforts in building a strong community. 

This year, United Way of York County is proud to honor the following individuals:


Timothy Debes,  Distinguished Service Award  


Tim Debes began volunteering with United Way of York County 12 years ago in 2004. He was first assigned to allocations Panel 1 which reviewed programs in the Children and Youth Focus Area, including the Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, and the American Red Cross.  In 2005, Tim agreed to serve as the Chair for Panel 1. 


Tim has been chairing Panel 1 for 12 years and will continue as chair following his retirement this month from NuTec Design Associates, Inc. During this time, Tim has reviewed the Girl Scouts programs back when the agency was Penn Laurel Girl Scout Council covering York County to today when the Girl Scouts in the Heart of PA covers 30 counties. Tim’s knowledge of the merger and transformation of the Girl Scouts helped volunteers make consistent decisions through the changes. Over 12 years, Tim has reviewed programs from a total of eight partner agencies.


Tim has also served as lead panel chair for the Education Focus Area since 2009 when the United Way Board first approved funding priorities and outcomes in Education, Income, and Health. Additionally, he has served on the Ad Hoc Committee on Community ark Wheeler has served as CFO for New Standard Corporation since 2006 which is also the year he became a volunteer for United Way of York County. Mark started volunteering for United Way as an Agency Review Team member and the next year began chairing an Allocations Panel. In 2009, Mark was elected to the Board of Directors and served two full terms. During this time, Mark served two years as the Community Impact Division Chair and was an integral part of the work leading to establishment of the first set of funding priorities in the areas of Education, Income and Health. Mark continued his service to the Board by serving as Treasurer from 2012-2014 and continues to serve on the Finance Committee. With Mark’s leadership, a financial dashboard was developed to assist the Board in reviewing the organization’s financial information. Mark also led the Finance Committee through an RFP process for the audit and development of a tool used in monitoring the investments. In his roles as Community Impact Division Chair and Treasurer, Mark was also a member of United Way’s Executive Committee. Over the years, Mark also assisted with the campaign by serving as an Account Executive. 


Dr. Jefrey Woodall, Volunteer of the Year

Jefrey has been an active United Way volunteer since 1995.  He started as a campaign volunteer at P&G Cosmetics in Hunt Valley and took over the Leadership Giving program at P&G Cosmetics until 2005.  While at P&G, Jefrey recognized that all Community Fund dollars were going to Central MD United Way, even though almost half the employees didn’t live in the Central MD region.  He was instrumental at developing a transfer process for the York County residents to have their Community Fund dollars sent to United Way of York County.  That process was then used for residents from other United Way regions, such as metro DC and Western MD.  While at P&G Jefrey also added Day of Action activities at York County facilities to introduce the York County residents to the opportunities closer to home.

Jefrey became more directly involved with the United Way of York County in 2011 when he was appointed to represent York College on the Financial Literacy Council.  He was invited to join one of the Allocations Panels for the Education Focus Area beginning in 2013 and invited to join the Agency Review process for Education in 2015.  He has served as the Campaign Coordinator for York College of PA since 2013 and York Country Day School since 2015.  Jefrey has been a member of the United Way of York County Campaign Cabinet since 2015, calling upon local CEOs to gain commitments and discuss strategies for enhancing annual company workplace campaigns. 

Most recently, Jefrey volunteered his musical talents to entertain UWYC Tocqueville Society members at a reception in the summer of 2015.  In the fall of 2015, he led a focus group of local business leaders to determine future focus for the United Way of York County allocations, and the effectiveness and value of the UWYC Marketing communications. 


Carolyn Warman, Community Building Award

It would be difficult to think of anyone who has had more impact on the volunteer leadership of nonprofit boards and committees than this year’s Community Building Award winner, Carolyn Warman.  Carolyn has served as the Executive Director of Leadership York since 2000.  Alumni currently serve in leadership roles at over 250 nonprofit organizations throughout York County.  For the past several years, United Way of York County has supported the Future Leaders of York program, commonly referred to as FLY, where each year, 36 high school students are prepared for lifelong, responsible, active participation in our community.  Another United Way funded program, Board Development, provides over 500 nonprofit board members and executive directors each year with new tools for leading their organizations.

Carolyn has also had a significant impact on another United Way of York County partner agency as she recently completed an eight year term on the Board of Girl Scouts in the Heart of Pennsylvania, serving as chair for the last two years.  She also chaired for four years the United Way’s Partner Agency Executive Directors, and has served on the Rotary Club of York, York Federal Fellows Advisory Council, York Suburban Communities That Care Board of Directors, Junior League of York, St. John’s Episcopal Church Vestry, Focus on Our Future Advisory Board and the Child Abuse Council of York County.  In 2008, Carolyn received the Community Leadership Association’s 2008 Preceptor Award, which recognizes executives for their outstanding communication skills, creativity, trusteeship, strong principles, and dedication to the concept of strengthening and transforming communities.  Just recently, the York County Economic Alliance presented its 2016 Business Achievement Award to Carolyn.

Charles Fleegle, Labor Participation Award

 In 2000, the Labor Partnership Award was created to honor those from organized labor who have contributed to the promotion of the United Way and its partnership with organized labor.  The winner of this award is chosen by his/her peers in the labor movement.  This year’s Labor Partnership Award is presented to Charles E. Fleegle, Jr., a member of the United Way Board of Directors.

Chuck was elected to the Board of Directors in 2012 and is currently serving on his second three year term.  For the past two years, he has served on the United Way’s Executive Committee and Governance Committee.  During the past year, his responsibilities have significantly increased as he has served as the United Way’s linkage to the AFL-CIO Central Labor Council. 

Having recently retired from Voith Hydro, Chuck was and active promoter of the United Way, encouraging members of his union, Local 243 IAMAW to support the United Way’s annual campaign.  He has been a loyal supporter, himself of the United Way for many years. 



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