The United Way of Coastal Fairfield County has honored Laura Lee Simon of Westport for lifetime achievement in community engagement, the organization announced.

Simon was presented the United Way's August F. Serra Community Engagement Award during an awards breakfast June 4 at Fairfield University.

The organization said Simon was a "lifelong advocate for children in Connecticut," and has been active in effecting social change in education, health, child care, child welfare, and intercommunity relations.

Among her many positions, she was a founding member of the Connecticut Commission on Children and its chairman for 10 years; founder of the Bridgeport Child Advocacy Coalition; first woman chairman of the Connecticut Public Broadcasting Network; and organizer of Project Concern, which bused 25 Bridgeport students to Westport schools in the 1970s; and vice president of the Connecticut Child Welfare Association.