Giving back is part of our culture. It’s who we are and it’s what we do — and it has been for much of our company’s 113-year existence. Today we’re kicking off our annual United Way campaign— something that began even before we became an employee-owned firm in 1986.
Why United Way?
United Way touches so many lives in so many ways. It is a network of nearly 1,800 programs focused on improving our communities through education, income stability and healthy living. One donation can support several programs, and the contributions stay in each donor’s community.
More people than ever are relying on services funded by United Way. Our campaign provides an opportunity for us to share our fortune with those who need it. It is especially important in times like these, when so many good people are unemployed and reaching out for help — many for the very first time and many who thought they’d never need help.
Our campaign slogan is “Give a Little, Change a Lot … Live United” because we truly believe that every little bit counts.
In 2010, our employee-owners raised more than $920,000 companywide — the most successful campaign in our firm’s history. And this year, we hope to raise even more.
“Our employee-owners have always been generous during our United Way campaigns, and we don’t expect this year to be any different,” says Paula Infranca, senior HR generalist and United Way co-chair. “Giving back is a core component of Burns & McDonnell’s culture, not just at the world headquarters, but among all employee-owners no matter where they reside.”
The campaign begins today and runs through September 30. Each of our offices will participate, conducting their own events and raising funds that will stay in their respective communities.