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United Way Honors Business Leader, Girl Scout At Stamford Event

From left, Martin Anderson, Webster Bank; Kim Morgan, United Way of Western Conn.; Ron Joelson, Northwestern Mutual; Bridget Smith, Scholarship recipient and senior at AITE; Dan Sheehan, Genworth; Heidi Paul, Nestlé Waters North America.
From left, Martin Anderson, Webster Bank; Kim Morgan, United Way of Western Conn.; Ron Joelson, Northwestern Mutual; Bridget Smith, Scholarship recipient and senior at AITE; Dan Sheehan, Genworth; Heidi Paul, Nestlé Waters North America. Photo Credit: Provided

STAMFORD, CONN. – The Volunteer Center of United Way of Western Connecticut honored Dan Sheehan, executive vice president and chief investment officer at Genworth, at its annual Heart of Gold Award Dinner held at the Stamford Marriott last month.

Sheehan was selected as this year’s recipient for the many ways in which Genworth and its employees make an impact on the community through volunteerism. Under his leadership, Genworth has distinguished itself as a company determined to promote and encourage the spirit of volunteerism through the following ways:

  • A month dedicated to employee volunteerism.
  • Employees serving on multiple non-profit boards across the community.
  • Employees volunteering on a regular basis at non-profits across Stamford as readers, tutors and mentors.
  • Regular employee drives for donated iPods that are provided to the Smith House in Stamford to be used by seniors living with dementia for a Music & Memory program.

“Dan and his colleagues at Genworth are the ideal recipients of the Heart of Gold Award,” said Kim Morgan, chief executive officer of United Way of Western Connecticut. “Under Dan’s leadership, Genworth’s culture promotes employee engagement in the community – through one day service projects and on-going commitments through non-profit board service.”

The Volunteer Center of United Way of Western Connecticut also awarded its 2015 Roberta K. Eichler Heart of Gold Scholarship to Bridget Smith, a student at AITE High School in Stamford.

The $5,000 scholarship is awarded annually to support the continuing education of an outstanding local student volunteer.

As a member of Girl Scout Troop 50202 for the last 12 years, Smith demonstrated leadership and pursued the highest level of Girl Scout awards. Her Gold Award project, which requires a minimum of 80 hours of work, focused on educating children and families throughout Fairfield County on emergency and disaster awareness and preparedness. Smith created a hands-on exhibit that was showcased at Stepping Stones Museum in Norwalk.

In addition to her individual award projects, Smith consistently has volunteered in her community through Girl Scouts, including visiting nursing homes and assisted living facilities, serving at the New Covenant House soup kitchen, and organizing collections for the Food Bank of Lower Fairfield County.

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