By Jon King /

A local service organization will once again recognize volunteerism and commitment during a morning gathering, which will seek to retain the creativity of their usual face-to-face gathering in a virtual format.

The Livingston County United Way will hold its annual “Spirit of the Community” Breakfast this Wednesday, March 10th from 8am to 9am. While the event will be online this year, Livingston County Drain Commissioner Brian Jonckheere, who is also the United Way Board President, will return as host. The event, which celebrates the collaborations and partnerships that strengthen the community, will share a look back at how things operated before COVID, how well everyone adjusted over the past year and take a look ahead to the future.

The 2020 Volunteer of the Year Awards will then be presented to local individuals, including the Charles W. Itsell Volunteer of the Year Award, which recognizes an individual whose commitment to the Livingston County United Way and the health and human service needs of our community during the past year goes far “above and beyond” normal volunteerism; the Donald Epley Lifetime Community Service Award which recognizes an individual who embraces volunteerism and service to the community as a way of life; the Young Person of Distinction Award, which recognizes an area youth for outstanding service and leadership to their community; the Youth Organization of the Year Award, which recognizes an area youth organization for outstanding service; and the Randy Rudisill Business-of-the-Year Award, which recognizes an area business that perpetuates Randy Rudisill’s strong commitment to community, reflecting a commitment to continuous improvement, people, hard work, customers, ethics, and profit.

You can reserve a spot by registering through the Livingston County United Way's website or by Clicking Here. You can also call 810-494-3000 or email