An Unexpected Gift


It’s not every day that someone drops off a ten thousand dollar check at Neighborhood House. Sherrie Williams of Johnson Controls had the opportunity to do just that last week.

Sherrie’s team won the Johnson Controls Chairman’s Award for their Building Efficiency design, and as winners they received $10,000 to donate to the charity of their choice.  Sherrie & her team chose to make Neighborhood House the donation recipient.  Both she and team-mate Jason Strom are long-standing volunteers who connected with us through United Way Days of Caring, and they continue to give their time and energy to Neighborhood House programs.

University Kids Club visited Johnson Controls Global Technology Center to accept the check on behalf of Neighborhood House. They were treated to a very special hands-on introduction to the touch-screen building control technology that Sherrie’s team helped develop. It was a glimpse of a future when people will be able to raise a thermostat or close curtains with a just light tap on a handheld device or screen. The experience highlights how your support helps kids envision a future of their own design.

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