EAST GREENWICH—United Way, a national nonprofit that organizes 1,200 charitable organizations across the country, has recognized two East Greenwich residents with one of its highest honors, the Tocqueville Society Award.

United Way of Rhode Island (UWRI) presented long-time philanthropists and volunteers Margaret and Thomas Lamb with the prestigious award at their annual thank you celebration at Isle Brewers Guild in Pawtucket in recognition of the couple’s dedication to giving back to the community with both their time and efforts.

“There is no question that our communities and the lives of many of our neighbors have been made stronger thanks to Peggy and Tom’s commitment to giving back,” said Cortney Nicolato, UWRI president and CEO, in a press release last week.

Founded in 1984, United Way’s Tocqueville Society is an affinity program for leadership donors at United Way organizations across the country. Its name honors Alexis de Tocqueville, a political thinker and historian whose work focused on creating social equality. The Tocqueville Society Award is the highest annual honor presented by United Way. In Rhode Island, Tocqueville Society members contribute more than $3.5 million to UWRI each year.

Recently retired from Bank of America, Peggy led a national team responsible for developing mortgage solutions for customers, with a special focus on ensuring sustainable homeownership for low-to-moderate-income buyers. In the community, she serves on the Executive Committee of Women United – a group of professional women working through UWRI to improve childhood education and early childhood literacy in the Ocean State. With Women United, Peggy helped design and implement Young Minds in Motion, a volunteer-led initiative to enhance STEM learning opportunities for local elementary and middle school students. 

Tom is the retired CEO and chairman of the Board of Centreville Bank. During his time at the helm, he reinvigorated the bank through its rebranding, expansion of products, and the revitalization of the Centreville Charitable Foundation and employee gift match program. Among Tom’s volunteer work, he served on the boards of the Rhode Island Bankers Association, Kent Hospital Foundation, and the Arctic Village Association.

“With everything they do, the Lambs’ values and dedication to helping others embody the United Way mission and our belief that anything is possible when we work together,” said Nicolato.

The prestigious award is sure to help solidify the reputation of the couple and, by proxy, East Greenwich, as a recognized force for good in the world and meaningful change in the community.

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