The Community Builder’s award is designed to recognize a business or individual in our community who joins WITH United Way in building a better and stronger community all while inviting and encouraging others to do the same.
This year’s recipient, Harrah's Hoosier Park Racing and Casino, is a true partner to United Way and the community. They demonstrate on an ongoing basis, that the full success of their business does not just lie in dollars earned but, in a community made better.
Ingrained into Hoosier Park is the mission of every team member being a hero. They work to encourage, empower and inspire their team members to be leaders in the community and to make a difference. In essence to be community builders.
This past year, Hoosier Park partnered with United Way in a completely new way, joining United Ways strength in volunteering with their goal of serving local non-profits and the community. The resulting program is called the HERO volunteer program.
Each quarter we came together and developed a calendar of available volunteer opportunities for team members. Opportunities included United Way as well as many others. An online tracking system was developed which enabled their employees to turn in their donations of time and money. Volunteer opportunities were promoted, team members volunteered and many local programs, including United Way benefitted.
For partnering with United Way through their HERO volunteer program to make a difference in the community and for encouraging so many to go out into the community and become Community Builders themselves, we were honored to name Harrah’s Hoosier Park, this year’s Community Builder award recipient.