On behalf of United Way of Central Indiana’s board of directors and staff, I would like to honor the memory of a former United Way board member, volunteer and friend, Yvonne Perkins. As a dedicated member of the Citizens Energy leadership team and as a committed volunteer to so many organizations locally and nationally, Yvonne was a wonderful example of leadership in action.
At United Way of Central Indiana, Yvonne was our unrelenting volunteer advocate in our fight to help struggling families achieve self-sufficiency. She supported our efforts to collect school supplies, recruit tutors for our literacy programs, and increase access to quality childcare for our families in need. She mobilized volunteers and provided sponsorship support for our fundraising events, specifically our annual Red Carpet Gala. Best of all, Yvonne was a mentor and friend to those who needed her, a force for change in our community, and a true hero to us all.
In 2002, it was an easy choice for us to honor Yvonne with United Way’s Sarah Lewis Lifetime Achievement Award for Volunteerism. But now, it’s hard to imagine this community without her. She will be fondly remembered and sorely missed.
Ann D. Murtlow
President & CEO
United Way of Central Indiana