Every day, Canada’s United Ways – Centraides (UW-Cs) work locally to change living conditions for the better. The issues they face may vary, but the values and purpose that drive them are the same: to strengthen their communities and improve quality of life for Canadians. And when it comes to helping their respective community’s United Way chapter help people in need, Steelcraft employees are there to provide a much needed helping hand.
This year, staff from the company’s Waterloo, Stratford, Woodstock and Cambridge, Ontario locations pulled out all the stops on the company’s annual United Way campaign, raising a total company-wide contribution of $103,371 – a remarkable achievement in challenging economic times.
Steelcraft’s Engineered Products Division, along with the QCI Division based in Stratford, raised $37,355 for United Way Perth-Huron through events such as a plant fun day . The Woodstock, and Cambridge Divisions of Steelcraft’s QCI Division collectively raised $44,040
through a variety of activities including a silent auction, benefitting the United Way Oxford, and United Way Cambridge North Dumfries’ chapters.
As a result of the effort of Steelcraft’s Stratford employees (across all divisions), Steelcraft was recognized at the United Way Perth-Huron’s Awards Dinner with three awards:
Steecraft’s QCI Woodstock plant was also awarded the United Way’s Quantum Leap award for 2011 recognizing its significant increases in dollars raised and numbers of employees contributing. A total of 46 staff participated in the campaign, and 28 individuals each donated more than $500.
Not to be outdone by its Divisional counterparts, Waterloo’s Clemmer Containment Division raised $21,976 through a series of company fundraising events, including highly successful pancake and hot dog lunches, lunchroom skill-testing games and a silent auction.
“Steelcraft’s contribution to the community goes far beyond the dollars that they raise. In Cambridge, Keith Zehr stepped up as a volunteer serving on the 2011 United Way Cabinet. He proved to be a dedicated and passionate volunteer, supporting the entire Community Campaign, in addition to the internally run campaign at Steelcraft. Keith is one of many Steelcraft supporters who passionately believe in the work that United Ways is doing. Steelcraft’s people take the time to give back to the communities that they live and work in to make positive change happen. The Employee Campaign Coordinators within each Steelcraft location put in extra hours beyond their day’s work to lead their workplace campaigns and should be congratulated for all of their hard work and success,” says Janet Willard, Manager, Major Gifts and Planned Living, United Way Cambridge North Dumfries.
“I would like to extend my congratulations to each and every employee for their participation and to our United Way committees in each location for running such an extraordinarily successful campaign. In each of our communities, the United Way is at work strengthening our families, helping children and youth reach their potential, welcoming and supporting newcomers among other essential initiatives. I am incredibly proud of our Steelcraft team, who are there to extend their hand and to support this important work,” says Steelcraft President and COO, Keith Zehr.
Not to rest on their laurels for long, Steelcraft’s United Way campaign teams are already hard at work planning for the 2012 campaign. In fact, the QCI Division’s Woodstock plant has just completed its first fundraising event. The Show & Shine car show — attracting more than 200 vehicles — took place May 27th on the plant lawn with all proceeds going to the 2012 United Way Oxford campaign.