United Way News
Stow and Maggie Witwer of Greeley were honored as United Way of Weld County's 2016 Humanitarian Award recipients at the 28th annual Tillers Club Reception at the Greeley Country Club on Dec. 6.
The Witwers join a list of humanitarian honorees dating back to 1989 when United Way of Weld County named Kenneth W. Monfort the first recipient. From Stow’s career as a prominent attorney to Maggie’s profession as an interlibrary loan and reference librarian, resource consultant and IT manager in the High Plains Regional Library Service System and Weld Library District, the Witwers have also volunteered countless hours of their time and talents to the community.
Stow says receiving the humanitarian award is quite humbling.“I think it’s wonderful primarily because of knowing so many of the people who have received it in the past and how deserving they were, and it’s kind of humbling for us to be part of that group,” Stow says. “I think it is inherent if someone looks at their life and doesn’t choose to provide for others, I think that’s a real absence in their lives. In my experiences, I’ve received many times over what I have given, not just financially. I’m mostly talking about my time, and I don’t say that casually.”
Jeannine Truswell, president and CEO of United Way of Weld County, says the Witwers have dedicated a lifetime of caring for others in the community. “Stow and Maggie are true humanitarians whose passion in helping others has made our community a better place to live,” Truswell says. “The list of their achievements and volunteer work is long. One of the best things about my job is I get to meet and walk alongside so many wonderful people. I get to experience the very best in people. Stow and Maggie are quiet giants amongst us. They provide our community with their time, caring, wisdom and support without fanfare. They have more integrity in their right thumb than most in the world will ever have.”