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Community Health Network is one of four Central Indiana businesses honored with the prestigious Spirit United award

For release on March 27, 2012

Indianapolis, IN---Community Health Network was one of four Central Indiana companies honored today with United Way of Central Indiana's Spirit United award presented at the organization’s annual meeting celebration.

Also recognized for exemplary and consistent volunteer and financial support for UWCI’s mission and community priorities were Allison Transmission Inc. and UAW Local #933, BKD LLP and CNO Financial Group Inc.

"These companies join the ranks of 12 other iconic partners in helping us to create a community where we can be proud of the quality of life for everyone," said Ellen K. Annala, United Way's president and CEO.

A health system with more than 200 sites, Community Health's LIVE UNITED style can be called a "full continuum of caring." Last year, Community set out to better educate and engage associates.

Community’s Day of Caring project at IPS #14 mobilized more than 200 volunteers to spruce up playgrounds, paint a mural and build a shade structure. Inviting partners and vendors to join them, Community generated more than $35,000 in donated goods for the school. They also organized school uniform and supply drives and encourage volunteering as ReadUP tutors and for agency projects. When Community stationed United Way experts on each campus to answer questions and engage employees in activities, giving grew by 42 percent.

To be eligible for Spirit United, a company had to have won United Way's Company that Cares award for the past three years, have provided financial support and resources above and beyond a successful workplace campaign, and significant volunteer support for United Way’s mission.

Recipients were chosen by a volunteer task force of previous winners. Each Spirit United honoree received a custom-designed award created by Herff Jones Inc.

For more information about United Way's LIVE UNITED movement, visit uwci.org or call 317.923.1466.


United Way of Central Indiana helps people learn more, earn more and lead safe and healthy lives. United Way gets things done by mobilizing people and community partners in six Central Indiana counties to identify, advance and advocate the best solutions. LIVE UNITED is a call to action for everyone to be part of the change. Visit uwci.org to learn more.

Past Spirit United honorees


  • Barnes & Thornburg LLP
  • LDI, Ltd, LLC
  • OneAmerica
  • St. Vincent Health


  • Herff Jones Inc.
  • ProLiance Energy LLC
  • State Bank of Lizton
  • UPS


  • Citizens Energy Group
  • Eli Lilly and Company
  • RJE business interiors
  • Walker
Lynda de Widt, Media Relations
Lynda de Widt
Media Relations