The staff at Neptune Terminals set a lofty goal for this year’s United Way campaign at work - $45,000 in donations by employees which would be matched dollar for dollar by the company. The theme was food security, and employees supported the campaign through direct payroll donations as they have for more than 25 years now.
"I joined the committee because I’ve always loved to volunteer; it provides me with an opportunity to give back to the community. At Neptune specifically, it allows me to reach out to other employees and let them know how they can impact the community, whether it’s through donations or participation!" Savannah Nasim, Finance & Administration Team
This year’s effort was led by a group of employees representing every department at Neptune, and they helped create tremendous energy and engagement company-wide. Over a two-week period, the Neptune United Way Committee held fantastic fundraising activities like Donut Day and Instant Prize Draws. They hosted a youth impact speaker who received United Way support for their living expenses while attending post-secondary education, something that can be very challenging for youth in the foster care system when they age out of care at 19. The impact of United Way giving wasn’t lost on our dedicated team. Donations from our staff and contractors were up 38% over last year, and we managed to exceed our target, raising a total of $114,862.40 for the United Way.
"Before joining Neptune, I was enticed by the company’s high level of community involvement. My involvement this year has further strengthened my relationship with my peers at Neptune, as well as given me an elevated platform to give back to my local community. I believe the campaign pitch sums it up nicely 'United, we are Stronger'" Steve Lloyd, Logistics Team
This set the stage and built momentum for other fundraising and giving back. Neptune employees are currently involved in raising donations for both Movember and the Family Services of the North Shore Christmas Bureau.