Caradigm Helps Change the Odds for Kids at Lincoln Elementary!

timby Tim Harrison
Community Investment Advisor

Last week, Caradigm employees wrapped up a nationwide campaign to help local United Ways.  Our small but passionate group of Caradigm supporters (located in Draper, Utah) jumped at the opportunity to get its team engaged in the work.

Caradigm employees wanted to volunteer to help our Neighborhood Centers, but they have a busy schedule and many folks working hard on the phones, which makes it difficult to get away from the office. Rather than making that an easy excuse not to volunteer, they asked if we could bring the project to them.

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We were able to find an opportunity that was perfect for them. Lincoln Elementary Community School needed hundreds of “science readers” to distribute and use with each student in its school. With such a focus on literacy and numeracy, it is difficult for teachers to fit science into their curriculum, especially when reading and math skills are low. These readers are catered to the student’s reading level, so they can excel in science without falling behind or getting frustrated by advanced vocabulary and syntax. And by receiving their own paper readers, the students are able to mark up their reading, which increases their ability to retain information.

We brought them over 11,000 sheets of paper, and in only a few days, we had hundreds of perfectly folded and stapled science readers ready to move the needle on science and reading scores at Lincoln Elementary. The Lincoln staff was thrilled to see the final product, which is evident from the thank you card below!

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It was successful campaign full of volunteering and fun activities (popcorn and root beer floats!), we appreciate the enthusiasm and generosity Caradigm employees showed this month! Thank you for LIVING UNITED!

Celebration of Service Honoree, Corporate Partner of the Year: Workers Compensation Fund

Chelsea Nelsonby Chelsea Nelson
Digital Marketing Director

This month on The Hub, we are excited to do a weekly feature on the honorees for the upcoming Celebration of Service event on Tuesday, May 20! This yearly event is when United Way of Salt Lake has the great privilege to honor outstanding individuals and organizations in our neighborhoods and communities. These people and organizations are truly making a difference, proving every day what it means to LIVE UNITED. We hope you will join us in celebration of their contributions at this fun and inspiring event (to RSVP and find out more info, click the link above).

This week, we are thrilled to announce our Corporate Partner of the Year: Workers Compensation Fund

Some organizations seem to stand out in the community. Not only do they provide great products or services, they are also actively involved in making Utah a better place to live. This award is United Way of Salt Lake’s highest tribute to a corporation that demonstrates strong community involvement through its support of United Way of Salt Lake.

Workers Compensation Fund continually goes above and beyond in its support of United Way of Salt Lake. The organization has embraced a year-round engagement strategy that includes: site visits, a successful workplace campaign, volunteer events, and recently, has been encouraging employees to participate in United Way’s advocacy efforts. Workers Compensation Fund made a significant investment in the Changing the Odds Campaign last year to help UWSL expand work in neighborhoods and schools. As a sponsor of both advertising and social media promotions, Workers Compensation Fund has also been vital in expanding United Way’s reach and visibility in the community. WCF employees, Greg Summerhays and Ray Pickup are heavily involved in our work both individually and with the organization. Greg and Ray both sit on the Board of Directors and provide a great example to other WCF employees, getting them involved with UWSL’s mission and goals. Additionally, WCF invests $75,000 annually as a cornerstone gift, which goes directly to the cost of doing business.

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Because of its example and commitment to our community, United Way of Salt Lake is pleased to recognize Workers Compensation Fund as our 2014 Corporate Partner of the Year.

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MHTN Architects LIVES UNITED!

mikeby Mike Watts
Community Investment Advisor

MHTN Architects is wrapping up a marvelous giving campaign! MHTN employees are applying what they do best — building — to make our community brighter. Not only do they love designing stunning structures, they also love building a better future for our community by changing the odds for all kids and families.

MHTN understands that as an integral part of the quality of life in our community, it is vital to be an active participant in making our community a better place to live. Whether it is through the funds raised during the workplace giving campaign, or participating in United Way Day of Caring, community service at all levels of MHTN is encouraged and promoted.

And, encouragement comes from the very top! At the campaign kickoff, Peggy McDonough, AIA, LEED AP President, expressed the importance of giving back to the community!

The closeout luncheon was a success with a full buffet and a beautiful car! Thanks to BMW of Murray for agreeing to bring a BMW 3 Series out to the event for the entire morning! We also give a special thank you to Robert Pinon and Kerrie Kounalis for overseeing the luncheon and campaign this year.

United Way of Salt Lake would like to extend a huge thank you to MHTN for helping change the odds for the kids and families in our community and LIVING UNITED!

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Comcast LIVES UNITED

mikeby Mike Watts
Community Investment Advisor

You may know Comcast as one of the nation’s leading providers of entertainment, information, and communication products and services. But did you know it is also actively involved in making Utah a better place to live?

Locally, Comcast has been a longtime supporter of United Way of Salt Lake. They continue to be a model of how to run a successful workplace giving campaign and how to LIVE UNITED. Comcast’s employee contributions continue to increase each year and this year’s corporate contribution from the Comcast Foundation more than doubled last year’s corporate gift! The Comcast Foundation calculates its grants to local United Ways with the percentage of employee participation at Comcast work locations across the country. This increase is a testament to the dedication of Comcast and its employees here in Utah.

Beyond its financial support, employees also put their hard work into the community. Comcast employees have not only committed to join us at United Way’s Day of Caring this coming September, but will also be volunteering through Comcast Cares Day. On April 26, Comcast will hold Comcast Cares Day, where employees and other volunteers will be at 11 different project sites across Utah — lending a hand at schools, community centers, parks, and other locations. Comcast hopes to have another record-breaking year with over 7,000 volunteers!

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Additionally, Comcast shows extraordinary support for United Way of Salt Lake’s advertising campaigns. With its substantial advertising sponsorship, Comcast has contributed to the overall success and broad visibility of our Changing the Odds campaign here in our community.

Comcast’s employees and leadership truly represent the type of engagement that United Way of Salt Lake relies on to change the odds for kids and families. Comcast’s extraordinary involvement will not only make a difference today, but for years to come!

Thank you, Comcast, for LIVING UNITED!

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Zions Bank LIVES UNITED!

tiffany_pranoby Tiffany Pranno
Community Investment Advisor

Zions Bank truly knows what it means to LIVE UNITED!

As its employee giving campaign approaches, Zions is working extra hard to ensure that the campaign is as successful as possible!

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Zions is doing some great things to get everyone on board! First, it will be holding committee meetings prior to the campaign, in order to gather all information about the silent auction items and get everyone updated with the details. Zions is also putting on a leadership luncheon on March 28, prior to the campaign, to educate all leadership level employees on how their gift will help support the community. We know that getting leadership involved is key to a great campaign, so we are excited that Zions is up for the challenge! Lastly, Zions Bank will be holding a tour for all of the team captains to visit a UWSL community school, Woodrow Wilson Elementary School, before the campaign kickoff! Being able to see, first-hand, how employees can make a difference in our schools is a great way to get employees excited about investing in United Way of Salt Lake.

Way to go Zions Bank!

Thank you for all of your hard work and we are so excited to see employees get involved with changing the odds for kids and families in our community!

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