May 7, 2012 10:28 AM by Cecilia Stevenson
United Way of Acadiana was recognized as a finalist for the United Way Common Good Awards at the United Way Community Leaders Conference in Nashville, Tennessee. The inaugural Common Good Awards, created for the 125th Anniversary of United Way, highlight coalitions that are creating community-wide change in education, income and health.
"Our work with the Lafayette Parish Public Education Stakeholders Council (LaPESC) in our community has captured the attention of people outside Acadiana," said Margaret Trahan, United Way of Acadiana President/CEO. By being recognized as a finalist, United Way of Acadiana, in partnership with LaPESC, has demonstrated clear progress toward its goal of reducing the achievement gap in Lafayette public schools.
Communities that were selected as finalists came from among a group of 62, spanning 11 countries. The selection committee included Arlene Holt Baker, Executive Vice President, AFL-CIO; John Bridgeland, CEO, Civic Enterprises; Jon Campbell, Executive Vice President, Director of Social Responsibility Group, Wells Fargo; Brian Long, Chairman, United Way Australia; James Marks, Senior Vice President and Director, Health Group, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation; Flavia Pansieri, Executive Coordinator, UN Volunteers; and Patty Stonesifer, Chair, White House Council for Community Solutions.
"United Way of Acadiana scored in the top tier of a highly competitive pool" said Peter Hahn, Vice President of National Engagement at United Way Worldwide. "These collaborations are the ones to watch."
The Common Good Award finalists were recognized at the Opportunity Town Hall at the United Way Community Leaders Conference. The United Way Community Leaders Conference is a biennial meeting of community leaders, nonprofit professionals and volunteers engaged in advancing the common good and creating opportunities for a better life for all.