Our “Sweet” New Partners!

Tim Harrisonby Tim Harrison
Senior Community Investment Advisor

United Way of Salt Lake is fortunate to work with many great corporate partners in a wide variety of industries: aerospace, healthcare, computing, retail, etc. However, we are now collaborating with a company unlike any other I’ve worked with before!

Screen Shot 2014-10-16 at 1.58.54 PMKroger-owned, Smith’s Layton Bakery and Smith’s Layton Dairy, have been providing sweet treats for Smith’s stores for years, and now they are providing support for the community. Kroger is currently running a nationwide campaign to support its local United Ways and partners. We’re lucky to have its support!  I recently spent time in the Layton Dairy facility talking to folks about our work, how they can give back, and how they can take advantage of some services themselves.

I also had the opportunity to peek at some of the action in the dairy, and I can definitely say I’ve never seen so many ice cream sandwiches before. Or so many quarts of ice cream of so many flavors. Or a lap-pool-sized vat of yogurt in the middle of its culture. I was thankful to chat with such an eclectic mix of generous people and hard workers. I was even more thankful when they gave me a fresh donut from the bakery.

We are looking forward to seeing how Kroger LIVES UNITED and are excited to have them working to help change the odds for kids and families!

Thanks to Kroger for your support!

Rocky Mountain Power Puts Power Behind LIVING UNITED!

temnickby Allison Temnick
Community Investment Advisor

Rocky Mountain Power has been powering the West for over 100 years — in more ways than one. United Way of Salt Lake owes Rocky Mountain Power a huge thank you, not just for keeping the lights on and office running, but for being one of our biggest supporters in both funding and volunteerism!

On September 11, Rocky Mountain Power sent 20 volunteers to Woodrow Wilson Elementary School for United Way of Salt Lake’s Day of Caring. These awesome volunteers read and played with some of the most at-risk students in the state of Utah – in fact, 90 percent of those students come from homes living at or below the poverty line. The volunteers’ cheerful presence and positive influence was felt throughout the school. One student asked volunteer Candace Turner, “Your boss is a lawyer? Well I want to be a lawyer someday so I can work with you, too!”

DSC_4045 DSC_4051Only two days later, Rocky Mountain Power hosted its 16th Annual Golf Tournament to benefit United Way of Salt Lake. The golf tournament included an incredible team of organizers, eighteen sponsors, and 110 golfers. When combined with the silent auction, upcoming United Way campaign, and the Rocky Mountain Power Foundation, they hope to raise over $150,000 this year!

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Find Out Why UPS LIVES UNITED!

Dennis Huynhby Dennis Huynh
Community Investment Advisor

UPS has been partnering with United Way for over 30 years, and is currently in the midst of another incredible campaign. I asked a few of its leaders to share with me how they felt about the campaign and what it means to LIVE UNITED! Here are a few thoughts from Bruce Heckler (Site Manager, UPS Global Business Services – Salt Lake), Neila Jordan (Operations Manager – Salt Lake City, UPS Freight Forwarding), Stefanie Olsen (Operations Manager Ups Mail Innovations), and Joe Braham (Salt Lake Division Manager UPS – Desert Mtn.):

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What part of the United Way of Salt Lake mission/message is most compelling to you and your team?

Bruce: “Changing the odds” for everyone are the words that mean the most to me. In some cases, not everyone is given the same opportunities to succeed and that is where United Way of Salt Lake helps. United Way of Salt Lake has so many different programs that can help support the people in need.

Neila: That UWSL is helping local families and that there are measurable improvements.  My office team was very impressed with the work of the Neighborhood Centers and Community Schools.

Stefanie: Helping our community!

Joe: It is easy for employees of UPS to share a “common thread” with United Way of Salt Lake, starting with the amount of years the organization has been making a positive change in the community – similar to UPS, it exceeds 100 years.

Why do you feel it is important for UPS to run a United Way campaign?

Bruce: Everyone is so busy with work and their families we sometimes forget about the other people around us; the people that are struggling to make ends meet. The single parent that has to choose between affordable day care, or clothes for their children. The people that have children with special needs or elderly parents that need daily care.
Our United Way of Salt Lake campaign reminds everyone that there are people in our local community that need help, and United Way can’t do it without our investments in their work — be it financial support or by volunteering our time.

Neila: UPS feels very strongly about being part of the community.  Our United Way campaign is a great way for UPS to make a difference in our area.

Stefanie: Because we need to give back to our community.

Joe:  Our Mission is to “Lead by example as a responsible, caring, and sustainable company making a difference in the communities we serve, so it is easy to draw the comparison,” and we fulfill this mission with our support of United Way of Salt Lake and through volunteerism. Most compelling to me and my team are the results we see when programs such as cradle to kindergarten prove to advance the education and improvement in living for the children within our community. It is always beneficial to have representatives of United Way of Salt Lake, or those members of the community who have been personally impacted, share their story with those at UPS. It’s the stories and sharing that encourages support and lends value to our United Way campaign which we hold annually. Our campaigns importance is qualified by the number of individuals whose lives improve as a results of it.

What does it mean to you to LIVE UNITED?

Bruce: We have to work together to make a difference. Yes, individuals can make small changes, but a team of people can make a huge impact. By LIVING UNITED we can help the WORLD.

Neila: To be involved with my community. GIVE. ADVOCATE. VOLUNTEER. is a great slogan and goal for all of us.

Stefanie: Helping people that are in need of assistance. As many are aware, there may be a time when we may need help.

Joe: As our Mission states, leading by example in our communities to make a difference is what we strive to do as good corporate citizens. “LIVING UNITED” is another term for our Mission, and understanding that we are part of the community that we do business in, therefore, the stronger it is….the stronger we all are.

Thank you   UPS for being such a terrific partner
and for showing us all how to LIVE UNITED!

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United Way Week at CHG Healthcare!

kpower(1)Kyle Power
CHG Healthcare
Director, Interactive Marketing

United Way Week at CHG Healthcare is always one of my favorite weeks of the year at the office. I remember my first United Way Week at CHG, three years ago, and being surprised by how involved employees were and how fun the events were, but also how much I realized I could help the community in which I live and work. So, it didn’t take long to decide that I should be an active participant in the activities during the week, but also to GIVE, ADVOCATE, and VOLUNTEER.

This year felt like the best for me. I was able to be on the United Way Week Committee and hear about all the great activities that would be happening during the week, as well as lead a committee of my own. I helped put on a beer and food event at The Annex by Epic Brewing. It was a great event to help raise funds for the United Way. The event was a great success and I look forward to more events like that to help build awareness and raise funds for the United Way.

It was also great to see Young Leaders get involved in the pizza eating contest. I won’t name names, but my favorite (last year’s champion) lost by two seconds — after I was told it was a “no brainer” for him to win! We had great executive participation in the “Wheel of Shame” at the live auction — our CFO was covered in lipstick and makeup, and our CEO had to do a duet with another senior leader!

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One of the best things that happened during the week was that we were able to combine two components of “The Heart of CHG” as one — the Employee Network Groups donated a basket of home brew, with CHG inspired names and labels for the live auction. The donation generated over $1,000 for the United Way! Who knew a little time in the kitchen making what you love and some creative names and labels could help the community?

It truly is one of the greatest weeks at CHG and I am looking forward to United Way events through the course of the year, but I can’t wait for next year!

Our United Way campaign is a great way to help change the odds for kids and families in our neighborhoods, and at CHG, we are very proud to LIVE UNITED!

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5Ks and Chili Cook-offs! Hexcel Knows How to LIVE UNITED!

Mike Wattsby Mike Watts
Community Investment Advisor

It is always so exciting to see a company who knows how to have a little fun with its employee giving campaign! This summer, Hexcel employees put on a fun-filled workplace giving campaign to help United Way of Salt Lake change the odds for kids and families. The enthusiasm and generosity that Hexcel employees showed during the campaign was greatly appreciated. I was invited to present to the hardworking employees about our work during their safety/update meetings. They even gave me my own pair of fashionable, yet functional, safety glasses and stressed the importance of safety on the job and off.

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Hexcel is a longstanding Cornerstone partner and also provides a company match to employee pledges. Hexcel even matches the money raised at events from the Hot-Dog-A-Palooza to the big Chili Cook Off and the 5K run. Did I mention they know how to have fun?

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

Thank you Hexcel for LIVING UNITED!

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Tesoro is Golfing to Change the Odds!

Megan Richardsby Megan Richards
Community Investment Advisor

This month, Tesoro joined over 300 industry professionals at Utah Petroleum Association’s annual Charity Golf Classic to raise funds for local nonprofits, and United Way of Salt Lake was Tesoro’s charity of choice for the tournament! Participants enjoyed a beautiful day of golf while learning about United Way of Salt Lake and raising funds to change the odds for kids and families!

Beyond the Golf Classic, Tesoro kindly donates a year of free gas for our BMW lease giveaway. Employees who attend an educational group meeting about the work of United Way of Salt Lake, hosted by their companies, are entered to win! By participating in this giveaway, Tesoro encourages all our partners to learn more about how to GIVE, ADVOCATE, and VOLUNTEER.

With a fun golf tournament, meaningful sponsorship, and a great campaign, Tesoro shows us what it means to LIVE UNITED!

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Pie in the Face Anyone? Scheels Gets Messy While LIVING UNITED!

Bosworth, Amyby Amy Bosworth
Corporate Relations Director

Have you ever wished you could shove a chocolate cream pie in your boss’s face? Those dreams were recently actualized by Scheels employees at the Draper store in an effort to raise some messy money for United Way of Salt Lake. From supervisors all the way up to the store manager, employees paid top dollar to stick it to their boss, literally.

Lucky for us, while scores were being settled with oozing whipped cream and goo smashed in faces, dollars were flooding in to help UWSL achieve our important goals of ensuring that children and families have the same opportunities to succeed in school and in life. Of course, who wouldn’t want to have fun, get even with your boss, and LIVE UNITED all on the same day?

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Thank you, Scheels management and staff, for being such good sports!