The Greater United Way of Metropolitan Dallas is honoring EFH General Counsel Stacey Doré, as well as TXU Energy Performance Excellence Manager Allison Shelton for their volunteer work.
Doré is being recognized with the organization's Advocate Volunteer Award. Shelton is receiving the Rookie Volunteer Award.
Shelton said she is honored by the recognition and happy to have found a way to combine professional networking with volunteering. Among other things, Shelton recently served on the United Way's grant panel for substance abuse programs.
Shelton also is on the steering committee of the United Way's Women's Leadership Council, which encourages other people to get involved in meaningful philanthropic activities.
Shelton, who has been a United Way Leadership Giver for several years, said she really got involved around Christmas after attending an appreciation luncheon.
"I felt like I was going to appreciation lunches, but not doing anything other than giving money," she said.
Shelton said she was most focused on volunteer activities that could help her connect with other professionals.
While she also does more task-oriented things, like staffing events, she finds the leadership and networking opportunities as great rewards for her volunteer time.
"I am very proud of the work Allison does," said TXU Energy COO Scott Hudson. "She illustrates the importance of giving not only financially, but also with time and talent."
Doré said volunteering for her has been a way to help an organization that she supports to accomplish its goals.
Doré is a member of the Women of Toqueville steering committee and recently wrapped up her work as chair of the steering committee's subcommittee on advocacy.
"For me, it is just an opportunity to really be involved in making change through the United Way. If you are a United Way donor, as many people in our company are, you are investing your own personal money. For me, if I am going to invest my money, I want to invest some of my time."
Doré added that there are volunteer opportunities that don't require roles in planning or leading committees.
"There are a lot of ways to get involved that are not as time consuming," she said.
Hudson lauded the wide range of volunteering around the company.
"There are great examples all around TXU Energy of outstanding efforts to contribute to our communities through our own efforts and the efforts of organizations like the United Way of Metropolitan Dallas. We know as a company that giving back to our communities is one way we power positive experiences, and I am proud to be a part of that."