07.23.2019 | Firm News
Burr’s Sharon Bramlett Recognized by United Way of the Midlands with Community Impact Award
United Way of the Midlands recently announced the recipients of its annual Volunteer Awards honoring local community members for their outstanding volunteer efforts. Burr counsel Sharon Bramlett was honored with the Community Impact Award for her work with Transitions, a local homeless shelter where she has served as a volunteer for nearly nine years.
United Way’s Community Impact Award honors individuals or groups nominated by United Way’s certified agency partners for demonstrating a commitment to volunteering and positively impacting causes, programs or projects led by United Way’s Community Impact Partners that support human service needs.
“The United Way slogan, “Live United” is so appropriate to the goal of the class called “Ready, Willing and Able” that I have helped to facilitate over the years at Transitions,” said Bramlett. “Along with other amazing volunteers who have committed their time and resources, and with the support of the Palmetto Center for Women, the goal of the “Ready, Willing and Able” class has been, and continues to be, one of support for the women residents at Transitions who are ready to make positive change in their personal and work lives. We strive to “walk united” alongside these women residents and create an environment where they can discover new strengths and different perspectives to tackle the circumstances and challenges of life, all the while, supporting each other and fostering the firm belief that we are better together.”
Burr Forman McNair has also been a large supporter of Transitions over the years, often donating furniture, home goods and money to assist the women at the shelter when they move out to start a new life in independent housing.
Linda Salane was also recognized alongside Bramlett for her work with Transitions. Other recipients of the 2018 Community Impact Awards were Elbert Pearson, who was nominated by the Columbia Urban League and Ruthie Saunders, nominated by MIRCI.
The LIVE UNITED volunteer awards were also presented to members of the community nominated for their spirit of volunteerism and service to United Way. JaQuan Riley and Brittany Owen of Elliott Davis received 2018 LIVE UNITED awards for positively impacting local agency programs and projects that support human service needs in the Midlands.
Nancy Stoudenmire also received the Alyce Kemp Dewitt Award, United Way’s highest recognition for volunteerism in the Midlands for her work with the housing needs of the homeless through programs at the Columbia Housing Authority for over 40 years.
“United Way is proud to serve as a connection between our community partners and agencies to build a stronger Midlands for every person,” said United Way of the Midlands President and CEO Sara Fawcett. “Dedicated volunteers like our award winners make it possible for us to continue making long-term impact through services and programs that fight for the education, health and economic mobility of everyone in the Midlands.”
About United Way of the Midlands
United Way of the Midlands is the most organized, efficient and accountable system for investing in the community. With more than 70 Community Impact Partners, United Way works to identify and respond to the critical human service needs of Calhoun, Fairfield, Lexington, Newberry, Orangeburg and Richland counties. Funds are raised through workplace campaigns, grant writing and individual donations. For more information, please visit www.uway.org.
About United Way of the Midlands Volunteer Center
United Way of the Midlands Volunteer Center acts as a resource for the community to find volunteer opportunities that fit with their schedules, skills and passions throughout Calhoun, Fairfield, Lexington, Newberry, Orangeburg and Richland counties. Over 100 nonprofit organizations post a variety of volunteer projects and opportunities for all ages, abilities and passions. To learn more and find volunteer opportunities, visit volunteer.uway.org.