For over 100 years workplace giving campaigns have been a staple of what has made United Way special. Giving campaigns have evolved so much since they first launched in 1888, when the Denver United Way raised $21,000. Fast forward to 1981, United Way's across the nation raised over $1.6 billion to improve local communities.
The United Way workplace campaign unites employees in all offices or branches of a company, and gives them an opportunity to donate, volunteer and speak out for causes that matter to them. It allows employees to focus on solutions in their community, and support local organizations to help fulfill their mission. This work however, is not possible without a leader in the workplace. We call them United Way Ambassadors! Ambassadors are volunteers who are tasked with mobilizing their peers to raise funds, but more importantly are seen as an extension of United Way. We know that without Ambassadors workplace campaigns would not be what they are. In an effort to better support workplace Ambassadors and maximize workplace campaigns, we developed our very own Ambassador training program. The goal is to bring Ambassadors together to share best practices, learn about United Way and inform them of all the resources they have at their disposal. We have had great success with this program and we hope to bring this to all of our business partners to continue making a positive impact in our community.
Locally, We are proud to have some of the most incredible partners who embrace what it means to #LiveUnited. Last year alone, United Way of San Joaquin County raised $1.5 million that went right back into the local community. Some of the top businesses to participate in our annual campaign include, Farmers & Merchants Bank, UPS, C&S Wholesale Grocers, University of the Pacific, City of Stockton, San Joaquin RTD, and Bank of Stockton.
Workplace giving campaigns strengthen connections between employees and their community, and it also brings a sense of purpose to the workplace. Most importantly, it empowers our local organizations to come together and build a stronger San Joaquin County.
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