COM­MU­NITY BOOST­ERS

Pace­set­ter pledge of $200,000 an­nounced

The Chatham Daily News - - FRONT PAGE - DAILY NEWS STAFF

These Union Gas em­ploy­ees showed Capt. Pos­i­tive how their fel­low em­ploy­ees and the com­pany like to help lift up the com­mu­nity dur­ing a kick-off event in Chatham on Tues­day to meet a $200,000 pace­set­ter pledge Union Gas has set for 2017 United Way of Chatham-Kent cam­paign.

The United Way of ChathamKent has al­ways counted on Union Gas to help get its an­nual cam­paign off to a fly­ing start – and one of Chatham-Kent’s largest and most gen­er­ous em­ploy­ers has come through again.

Union Gas held a kick-off event on Tues­day to get the ball rolling on meet­ing the $200,000 pace­set­ter pledge through the com­pany’s an­nual em­ployee-led cam­paign.

The 2017 United Way cam­paign re­cently an­nounced its fundrais­ing goal of $1,725,000.

“Union Gas is an en­thu­si­as­tic sup­porter of United Way of Chatham-Kent and the work they do to strengthen our com­mu­nity,” said Ian Ross, United Way cam­paign chair for Union Gas in a writ­ten re­lease.

“Ev­ery year our em­ploy­ees, re­tirees and vol­un­teers give of them­selves to raise money to help sup­port those in need,” he added.

“When it comes to launch­ing the an­nual fundrais­ing cam­paign, it’s com­fort­ing to know that Union Gas and it’s em­ploy­ees will be right there be­side us,” said Karen Kirk­wood-Whyte, CEO of United Way ChathamKent in a writ­ten re­lease.

“Thanks to a ro­bust em­ployee work­place cam­paign, boosted by vol­un­teer sup­port for Op­er­a­tion Back­Packs, fundrais­ing events like a golf tour­na­ment for United Way, a Dawn Plant fish fry . . . and so much more, Union Gas sets a great ex­am­ple for lo­cal cor­po­ra­tions by step­ping up to help United Way en­sure that one in three Chatham-Kent res­i­dents con­tinue to find hope, joy, strength and be­long­ing,” Kirk­wood-Whyte said.

The kick-off also took place dur­ing the 12 Days of Pos­i­tiv­ity in C-K cur­rently go­ing, which in­cluded a visit from Capt. Pos­i­tive to con­grat­u­late em­ploy­ees and com­pany of­fi­cials on their ef­forts.

“Union Gas has long been a shin­ing ex­am­ple of the kind of pos­i­tive im­pact a great cor­po­rate ci­ti­zen can have on a com­mu­nity,” said Ja­son King, co-chair of Pos­i­tiv­ity Day in C-K.

Last year, Union Gas, which serves more than 400 On­tario com­mu­ni­ties, con­tributed more than $3.1 mil­lion to com­mu­nity and char­i­ta­ble or­ga­ni­za­tions across the prov­ince, in­clud­ing $978,000 to United Way.

Union Gas em­ploy­ees, re­tirees, fam­ily and friends also pro­vided more than 19,500 vol­un­teer hours to help strengthen com­mu­ni­ties where they live and work.

ELL­WOOD SHREVE/THE DAILY NEWS

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