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BKD, OTC Middle College receive United Way awards

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BKD LLP and Ozarks Technical Community College’s Middle College are 2018 Pillar Award recipients from United Way of the Ozarks. The organizations received the awards yesterday during United Way’s annual meeting.

BKD was named Corporate Humanitarian of the Year, and OTC Middle College received the Outstanding Service to the Community Award. The award winners are picked for demonstrating United Way’s community engagement goals.

United Way officials cited BKD leaders’ engagement with the nonprofit and its partner agencies to discuss community needs and how the firm could get involved.

OTC Middle College got the nod for “serving at-risk students and taking aim at breaking the cycle of general poverty,” according to a statement provided by United Way. The college maintained a 100 percent graduation rate during the past two years.

“Together, we are making a difference in the lives of thousands of our friends and neighbors,” said Debi Meeds, United Way of the Ozarks president and CEO, in a separate news release. “We are truly uniting partners to solve problems that no one organization can solve alone.”

In 2017, United Way partners reached more than 289,000 people across 14 counties, distributed more than 18,600 books to students and raised nearly $2.8 million, according to the release.

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