United Way recognizes county's top volunteers

TULALIP — Based on nominations submitted by the public back in June, United Way of Snohomish County will be recognizing five of the county's top volunteers at its annual Spirit of Snohomish County Breakfast on Thursday, Sept. 6, at the Tulalip Resort Casino.

Community volunteers reviewed the nominations in four categories: Adult Volunteer, Youth Volunteer, Labor Volunteer and Community Partner. The fifth award, the Reeves-Sievers' Award, is given by the organization as a lifetime achievement award for community service.

This is the 16th year that the organization will hold the event.

This year's keynote speaker will be Kathy LeMay, one of Oprah Winfrey's favorite guests and the author of "The Generosity Plan," a blueprint for helping individuals plan philanthropic and volunteer efforts in their own communities.

According to LeMay's book, contributing time or money to causes far removed from the immediacy of our individual lives may feel overwhelming, especially in times of financial stress and uncertainty. "The Generosity Plan" seeks to break through these initial roadblocks, to help spur definite and rewarding action, demonstrating how our time and talents can make a difference. By building and acting on a generosity plan, each one of us can create change simply by doing what we can, where we are, with what we have.

LeMay will sign copies of her book after the event.

Although the event is open to the public, seating is limited and advance reservations are required. The deadline for organizing a full table of 10 is Friday, Aug. 10. The deadline for purchasing individual tickets is Monday, Aug. 20. Tickets are $30 per person.

Please log onto or call 425-374-5570 for more information or to purchase your ticket.

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