A strong, local business community is vital to any area’s well-being.

Not only do local businesses provide jobs, which mean income for local families and tax dollars for local schools, municipalities, etc., but many local businesses give back in other ways, as well.

The United Way of McHenry County on Tuesday night recognized many of those businesses that have supported its annual fundraising campaign.

The local United Way collects money from generous donors and, through a detailed, community-driven process, awards that money to 26 local nonprofits for specific programming that fills vital needs throughout the county.

The United Way’s Innovative Campaign Award, presented to companies that boost employee participation by creativity and special events, went to two local businesses, McHenry-based Corporate Disk Company and Woodstock-based Charter Dura-Bar.

For the second consecutive year, the Milestone Award, which recognizes companies that reach $50,000 in contributions, was presented to TC industries of Crystal Lake, which raised $54,546 for United Way this year.

The Landmark Award, presented to a company with more than $100,000 in total contributions, was for the sixth time awarded to McHenry’s Brake Parts for giving $176,739, an increase in donations from last year by 17 percent.

Finally, the Breakthrough Campaign Award, presented to companies who are new to the annual campaign and experienced a successful first year or existing companies who have significantly elevated their participation through a reintroduction, went to McHenry County College.

Thank you to each of these award winners and all community-minded area businesses that give back in so many different ways.

• Dan McCaleb is executive editor of Northwest Herald and a board member of the United Way of Greater McHenry County.

Article Sourced from Northwest Herald.