GCPS earns “Company that Cares” designation
|United Way has recognized Gwinnett County Public Schools as a "Company that Cares" for the school system's support of United Way and the community. This is the second time GCPS has earned this distinction.|
Jai Rogers, director of corporate partnerships for United Way of Metropolitan Atlanta, and Mandi Long, director of United Way in Gwinnett County, presented the recognition at the August 11 meeting of the Gwinnett County Board of Education. Rogers and Long cited the school system's 2004 campaign, which raised more than $500,000. United Way representatives called the school system a flagship organization, a true "community partner investing in the success of the community's plan through targeted volunteering, in-kind giving, unique employment empowerment and education programs, and campaign giving."
In gaining recognition as a "Community that Cares," the system demonstrated a commitment to campaign giving as well as active involvement in four strategic areas of United Way’s Community Impact Plan: helping children succeed, strengthening families, maximizing economic self-sufficiency, and promoting community leadership and neighborhood development.
Jean Walker, an executive director for School Improvement with GCPS, and Kelly Herndon, GCPS’ director of Recruitment, co-chaired the school system's 2004 United Way campaign. Only two other education organizations were among the community partners recognized under the program.
United Way’s “A Company That Cares” program was established to recognize the importance of social and financial capital investments in the community.