Holland & Hart – Community Champions!

allison-tby Allsion Temnick
Community Investment Advisor

If you’re anything like me, I’m sure you have heard your share of lawyer jokes in the past. While some people may live up to them, there are many lawyers here in Salt Lake City who shatter that stereotype with the way the give generously and serve diligently.

One law firm who has done an exceptionally good job of that this year is Holland & Hart.

Holland & Hart recently received the Community Champion Award from United Way of Salt Lake, which means that $100 per employee was donated to United Way of Salt Lake. In addition to its generosity, Holland & Hart partnered with UWSL to celebrate its 20th Anniversary by doing a large-scale volunteer project this past summer. Over 100 employees and family members went to Kearns Junior High Community School to complete 16 different volunteer projects including: painting, landscaping, cleaning lockers, organizing drama costumes, assembling registration packets, and much more.

Community Champion AwardHolland & Hart is not your average law firm! Join me in thanking them for changing the odds in our community in a dramatic way.

Like or share this article to thank them for LIVING UNITED!

To The Batcave, Robin!

james-brownby James Brown
Community Investment Advisor

For more than 30 years, Sorenson BioScience has specialized in making quality scientific research products used in scientific labs across the globe. More recently, however, they’re making a difference in our community — and in a big way, too!

This year’s campaign marked Sorenson’s first time participating and partnering with United Way of Salt Lake for its charitable giving. Though they may be rookies, ask any of Sorenson’s 220 employees, and they will be able to tell you what it means to LIVE UNITED. Chris Ek, an EHS and Lean Technician at Sorenson BioScience said, “We had a great time and the phrases ‘do it for the kids’ and ‘help someone in greater need than yourself’ were heard frequently and truly heartfelt by the group. We look forward to continuing our campaign throughout the year and have plans to promote future volunteer opportunities.”

To spice things up, Sorenson’s management team agreed to a challenge given them by Sorenson employees. The challenge was simple — the member of the management team who raised the most pledges in their name would have to dress up in a costume of the employee’s collective choice and wear that costume throughout the work day on Halloween — even if important meetings were on the docket. The lucky winners of that competition were none other than, Sorenson BioScience’s C.E.O West Price, and his trusty side-kick, Bill Brown.IMG_0529

A Batman and Robin themed costume seems very appropriate for this company. Even though employees aren’t out in the streets fighting crime in Salt Lake City, their support for United Way of Salt Lake, and their enthusiasm for the campaign, makes them superheroes in our book.

Thank you Sorenson BioScience for giving your employees the power to help change the odds! Thank you for being great examples of what it means to LIVE UNITED.

Following KeyBank’s Lead: 9 Ways Your Company Can Create a Successful UWSL Campaign!

temnickby Allison Temnick
Community Investment Advisor

When many employees think of United Way of Salt Lake, they think of t-shirts, chili cook-offs, and fun company events. It can be easy for the average employee to forget how much planning goes on behind the scenes of every successful campaign. To help companies be successful, United Way of Salt Lake has made a list of “best practices,” or steps that we have identified that result in great campaigns. This year, one company in particular – KeyBank – did an exceptional job of taking those suggestions and running with them. Here are just a few examples of how KeyBank incorporated “best practices” into this year’s campaign:

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  • Connect with your United Way of Salt Lake representative – KeyBank’s employee campaign manager, Pam Lechner, met with me more than a month before its campaign kicked-off. That gave us plenty of time to plan fun, engaging campaign activities for the employees.
  • Involve leadership – The District Manager of KeyBank, Jill Taylor, has been a United Way supporter for years. She spoke at the beginning of one of our employee kick-off presentations and shared why she is passionate about United Way of Salt Lake. A message from the top is always extremely helpful!
  • Recruit a planning committee – Pam identified a group of KeyBank employees who are passionate about LIVING UNITED so that they could help her with the planning process. This team shared ideas and resources in order to come up with creative campaign events, like the KeyBank employee carnival!
  • Schedule employee meetings – This year, United Way employees had the opportunity to present to nearly every KeyBank employee in the state. Managers from various locations made time for us to share stories about our work in the community and how we are changing the odds for kids and families.
  • Offer incentives – KeyBank leadership got on board with this idea, and offered to personally wash cars for the first two branches to get 100% participation in the United Way campaign. As you can imagine, those two branches filled out their pledge forms pretty quickly!
  • Encourage Neighborhood Center site visits – The KeyBank committee was invited to visit a United Way of Salt Lake Neighborhood Center, Central Park (the Police Athletic League Boxing Center in South Salt Lake). At this site visit, KeyBank employees got to meet some of the children, tour an incredible facility, and see the difference that we can make when we all LIVE UNITED!
  • Make a corporate contribution – Each year, KeyBank also gives a corporate gift to United Way of Salt Lake. Employees are motivated to give when they realize the company is “practicing what they preach” and setting a good example from a corporate level.
  • Have fun! In addition to everything else, the KeyBank committee planned and hosted a carnival for all KeyBank employees and their families. This fundraiser included a ring toss, face painting, and a cake walk – as well as food and other fun activities.
  • LIVE UNITED – In addition to all of these best practices, KeyBank has decided to involve United Way of Salt Lake in their annual spring volunteering event, Neighbors Make the Difference Day. Our volunteer team is already involved in the planning process for the May event. We can’t wait to see what the final result will be when over 100 KeyBank employees step out into the community to make a difference together!

Thank you, KeyBank, for being a great example of what it means to LIVE UNITED!

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And the Award for Best Campaign Theme Goes to…

Tim Harrisonby Tim Harrison
Senior Community Investment Advisor

DISCLAIMER: I made up that award and it doesn’t really exist.

We see many campaign themes from our corporate partners: some touching, some serious, some amusing. However, in my opinion, nothing compares to the heights that Questar Corporate has taken their theme this year.

The premise: You Have the POWER to Change the Odds. We can all be superheroes, even without the power to leap tall buildings in a single bound, as long as we care about our community and invest in ways to make it a better place.

Questar Campaign Logo 2014Questar runs a massive, sprawling campaign, so different groups have taken this in many directions, but all have been creative. My favorites: Chairman, President and CEO Ron Jibson dressing up as Batman, coordinators handing out capes for everyone to wear, and presenters ripping off pressed business shirts to reveal superhero costumes underneath. Check out the slideshow for more hijinks and smiling faces.

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Questar has now wrapped up their colossal campaign and have broken just about every record on the books – with more money raised and more donors giving than ever before!

Thank you Questar, for continuing to set an example of how corporate partners can be creative and have fun while investing in their community.

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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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