I might be biased, but I think UCT employees are pretty special people! While there are less than 100 of us who work at the home office in Columbus, Ohio, we (in my opinion) give back to our local community as much, if not more, than many organizations twice our size. Every single employee is a member of UCT, and we take to heart that our organization is THE place where community and compassion unite! So, for my final blog post of 2013 I want to brag a little about our efforts this year to support causes that mean a lot to us – and our community.
UCT employees have spirit when it comes to community service, and we proved it in June through our annual Operation Feed campaign, which raised over 7,400 meals for hungry individuals in our area! UCT has been collecting food and raising funds for the Mid-Ohio Foodbank’s Operation Feed for 17 years, and this year we outdid ourselves.
In addition to the satisfaction gained from helping those in need, our energy and enthusiasm was recognized by the Mid-Ohio Foodbank when we were presented with the organization’s 2013 Spirit Award for best practices and campaign engagement. Our campaign also received a Benchmark designation for successfully reaching goals suggested by program staff based on average Operation Feed campaign meals per capita.
Keeping in the spirit of giving back, employees moved into back to school mode in August and collected $150 and two boxes of school supplies for the Tom Hennessey/Mike Harden Back to School Project. This valuable program helps distribute backpacks filled with school supplies to disadvantaged children in Central Ohio.
September saw employees heading to nearby Mt. Gilead to spend a day volunteering for United Way of Central Ohio’s annual Community Care Day. Our crew put some muscle into sprucing up cabins and the surrounding grounds at Flying Horse Farms, a non-profit camp for kids with serious illnesses like arthritis, asthma, cancer, gastrointestinal disease, and heart and kidney disease. UCT employees have been volunteering for Community Care Day for over 15 years. This day of service is the largest effort in central Ohio that mobilizes thousands of volunteers each year to give back to United Way member agencies, charities, neighborhood groups and schools.
In October, employees, along with family and friends, stepped up – and stepped out – for the 11th consecutive year to support the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Light the Night Walk, raising more than $1,750 to help battle blood cancers. And after 10 years of trying, we finally won the Best Corporate Banner contest! We’ve raised nearly $23,000 for this great cause over the years – and we look forward to increasing that figure in the future.
November was devoted to a number of “fun-raising” events for United Way of Central Ohio that resulted in over $7,600 raised for the organization’s important community programs. And, with the help of our Board of Governors, we’re wrapping up the year by collecting toys and donations – more than $700 so far – for Toys for Tots.
As if this weren’t enough, UCT employees donated blood year ’round to the American Red Cross and contributed countless dollars in 2013 to such terrific causes as the American Heart Association, Faith Mission, Ronald McDonald House, Pelotonia, The Salvation Army, the Multiple Sclerosis Society and the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Not bad for a staff of less than 100!
We’re proud of our many efforts to make our community a better place to live for everyone, and we’re planning to give back even more in 2014. Keep checking back, and you’ll see!