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The United Way of York County honored a few of its hundreds of volunteers Monday night.

At a dinner at the First Post restaurant in Springettsbury Township, the organization handed out four awards to longtime volunteers, according to Nicole Shaffer, the group's communications director.

She said hundreds of people volunteer with the organization, which helps an additional 1,500 or so people a year do the same with other organizations around the county, she said.

"Our volunteers are what makes everything happen," she said.

She said the United Way focuses on education, health and income. Lately, there's been a push for pre-K programs and ones that give kids experience reading and writing.

"We want all kids to have access to early education," she said.

Anyone interested in volunteering with United Way or another organization around the region can go to unitedway-york.org and click the "volunteer" button on the right.

The awards given out at the dinner went to the following volunteers:

Volunteer of the Year: Dr. Jefrey Woodall, who's been an active volunteer with the organization since 1995.

Distinguished Service Award: Timothy Debes, who's been chairing a panel for the organization for the past 11 years.

Community Building Award: Carolyn Warman, who's the executive director of Leadership York.

Labor Participation Award: Charles Fleegle Jr., a member of the local United Way board of directors who serves as the connection between the organization and the AFL-CIO.

— Reach Sean Cotter at scotter@yorkdispatch.com or on Twitter at @SPCotterYD.

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