United Way of Midland County is honoring Angel Moore with the 2020 Charles J. Strosacker Award in memoriam.
Moore, 29, passed away unexpectedly in September 2020. As Director of Mentoring Programs at Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Great Lakes Bay Region, she was dedicated to improving the lives of our neighbors and creating lasting impact in the region and beyond.
“2020 has been a challenging year on so many levels, but losing Angel was a shock,” said Holly Miller, former BBBS president, and current president & CEO of United Way of Midland County. “In talking with the Nominations Committee and The Charles J. Strosacker Foundation, there was unanimous support to honor Angel. She truly embodies all of the qualities of a Strosacker recipient and was a bright star that left us too soon. She leaves behind a legacy of caring, compassion and heart for people.”
The Charles J. Strosacker Award recognizes an individual from a United Way partner agency for their contribution and leadership in promoting the well-being of Midland County residents. This award is historically celebrated at the annual Spirit of the Community awards, which was cancelled due to COVID-19 concerns.
“It is a privilege to honor Angel with The Charles J. Strosacker Award,” said Kim Baczewski, executive vice president of The Charles J. Strosacker Foundation. “She inspired many. Her commitment to her community, the impact of her work and her compassion toward all will not only be remembered, but will be lived out in her memory.”
To respect COVID-19 restrictions while still honoring Moore and her many contributions, a video tribute — including interviews from those who knew Moore in both professional and personal capacities — was created by local production studio ImageWorks LLC. The video can be viewed on United Way’s website—www.unitedwayofmidland.org.
In her role at Big Brothers Big Sisters, Moore developed program strategies to meet the needs of the community and grow the program to serve more children. She was a shining example of what it meant to not just talk the talk, but take actual action to improve lives, systems, strategies and processes.
Above all, Moore had a passion in her heart and fire in her spirit to constantly grow, adapt and evolve—not just for herself, but the programs she touched as part of Big Brothers Big Sisters.
“We are excited that Angel is being recognized for all her work in the community,” said Scott Litle, current executive director of Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Great Lakes Bay Region. “She was so committed to helping others, especially the youth. Angel embodied this award and it is so great to have others notice the work that we have seen from her first-hand for so long.”
Linda Lones, vice president of fund development at Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Great Lakes Bay Region, said Moore helped the organization serve more children — and in turn, change more lives — and kept children at the heart of everything the organization did. Moore streamlined processes and efficiencies and was a champion for every child, family and Big they served.
“Angel’s passion for helping others is woven throughout the fabric of all things Big Brothers Big Sisters,” Lones said. “She led with a desire to ensure our programs were at the highest quality and that they made the biggest impact in the lives of at-risk youth. She shared her passion loud and proud and that energy was contagious.”
Miller, who had also worked alongside Moore in the nonprofit arena, said that Moore’s legacy will live on through her example.
“It is people like Angel that change the world, and she changed mine,” shared Miller. “Her love and her vision live on through all of us.”
This article originally appeared in the March 8, 2021 edition of the Midland Daily News