Aviva USA received United Way of Central Iowa's 2013 Spirit Award, the organization's highest honor. The award is given to one organization each year for excellence in the three categories of Give, Advocate and Volunteer.
Aviva contributed more than $1.5 million to the 2012 campaign, an 8 percent increase from 2011 with almost 80 percent of employees donating to the campaign. The company also led its corporation's global challenge to bring teenagers off the streets and encourage them to graduate on time, by dedicating company efforts to a year-round campaign that focuses on this issue.
Aviva volunteers led in the annual Reach Out to Dropouts event, as well as year-round leadership in the Stuff the Bus children's book drive, Habitat for Humanity builds, and children's literacy service during the annual Day of Action.
United Way of Central Iowa also honored nine other organizations and individuals Tuesday:
Give: Ruan Transportation Management Systems, ITAGroup and John Deere Co.
Advocate: Des Moines Area Religious Council, Meredith Corp. and Debbie Hubbell, a national leader in advocating for women's philanthropy on behalf of improving the quality of care and learning for preschool children.
Volunteer: Sammons Financial Group, Wells Fargo & Co. and Teresa Choi of Dress for Success Des Moines, which promotes the economic independence of disadvantaged women by providing professional attire.