United Way of the Plains recognizes four organizations with Spirit of Caring Awards

Four organizations that have gone above and beyond for the United Way of the Plains received the Spirit of Caring Awards on Thursday afternoon.

QuikTrip, Davis-Moore Auto Group, NuStar Energy and the Catholic Family Federal Credit Union are this year’s award winners, Delane Butler of the United Way said.

Each were recognized not only for the money they give but for their volunteerism and involvement in the United Way year-round, Butler said.

Among their contributions:

•  QuikTrip, winner in the large organization category for the eighth time, matched employee giving for a total of $275,000. Seventy-two employees are members of the United Way’s Young Leaders Association, employees serve as volunteers, and one employee was loaned to the United Way for its three-month fundraising campaign.

•  Davis-Moore, winner in the medium organization category, was involved in the Pacesetter campaign last summer and put on a tailgate party for employees at a Wingnuts game, had 15 employees at the leadership level of giving, provided volunteer support and sponsored a loaned executive. Davis-Moore’s Stuart Ray was chairman of the United Way board last year. Employees gave $145,000.

•  NuStar Energy, winner in the small organization category for the fourth year in a row, saw 22 of its 36 employees give $1,000 or more, for an employee total of $57,165. Employees also participated in a corporate volunteer project, and some of them serve on the United Way’s allocations review panel.

•  The Catholic Family Federal Credit Union, winner in the nonprofit/government category, had a 31 percent increase in employee giving over the previous year, with the employees giving 163 percent of what the United Way considered to be their giving potential. The credit union used many of the United Way’s recommended practices for fund raising and provided incentives for employee giving, which totaled $5,500.