Shirley Ward Receives LIVE UNITED Health Volunteer Award

On September 6, at the 2016 LIVE UNITED Volunteer Brunch at the IMA, United Way of Central Indiana honored 20 outstanding volunteers for their contributions to non-profits in Central Indiana over the past year.

“It was inspiring to be in the room with so many wonderful, selfless individuals. Thank you for giving of your time and energy to make Central Indiana a better place” says, Jody Pope, Special Events Director for United Way of Central Indiana.

Shirley Ward, Instructor, Senior Urban Line Dance – Golden Line Dance, was awarded the LIVE UNITED Health Volunteer Award. Other award recipients were: Shermika Duerson for Diversity Advocate Award, James Ward for Basic Needs, Lindsay Hill Stawick for Education, Harold Dungan for Financial Stability.

LIVE UNITED Health Volunteer Award

Shirley Ward has been a volunteer with Heritage Place of Indianapolis for seven years. Shirley instructs the urban line dancing class at Heritage Place and prepares dances for her students to perform at Heritage Place fundraisers, including the spring fling and holiday celebration events. She has also helped with a variety of tasks including assisting with mailings in the main office, volunteering for fundraising events like the annual walk-a-thon and leading line dancing at local fairs and events. Her nominator wrote, “When Ms. Ward began teaching, she had 10 students in her class. She now has 36 students on her roster. The success of her class is a reflection of how great she is as an instructor. She makes her class senior friendly and has fun while teaching. She makes her students feel good about themselves.”

Please join us in congratulating Shirley Ward on this honor! Ruth Ann Hankins received the award on behalf of Shirley Ward. Sherri Elder, Program Advisory Committee, Heritage Place was also a nominee. Elder was recognized during the luncheon. To see event photos and read more visit http://www. uwci.org/news/volunteer-awards-2016.