Longtime public servant Cathy Wolfe will receive the United Way of Thurston County’s Gladys Burns Human Service Award, a lifetime service award celebrating philanthropic and volunteer spirit.

The award is named after the late Gladys Burns, United Way’s first professional staff person. It recognizes an outstanding volunteer or professional from the human services community who embodies “Gladys’ example of caring, commitment, and dedication.”

“Cathy Wolfe was among several outstanding nominations this year, and the committee selected her for her lifelong commitment to Thurston County, her reputation for achieving positive results with a community-wide focus and her outstanding leadership on important community issues,” said Paul Knox, United Way of Thurston County's executive director.

Cathy Wolfe was first elected to the Thurston County Board of County Commissioners in 2000 after serving eight years as a state legislator. During her 14 years on the board, Wolfe helped reform and improve a number of programs related to criminal justice, mental health, housing, and environmental protection.

Wolfe retired from the Board of County Commissioners at the end of her term in December 2016.

The United Way will present Wolfe with The Gladys Burns Human Service Award at the United Way of Thurston County's Spirit of Giving Celebration Wednesday, Aug. 16 at the Lacey Community Center.