Mile High United Way Awards Local Companies for Community Work
Each year, Mile High United Way honors exceptional companies for their outstanding employee campaigns and commitment to the community. Yesterday, February 19, nine companies and one individual were awarded for their contributions through corporate and employee giving campaigns during the Campaign Victory Celebration held at the Mile High United Way Morgridge Center for Community Change.
This year, more than 800 corporations and their employees contributed nearly $34 million to Mile High United Way, to support their efforts in the community to ensure that all children should be ready for school and reading at grade level by the end of third grade, all youth graduate from high school prepared for work or college and all individuals and families have the opportunity to attain economic stability.
Mile High United Way awarded companies for going above and beyond financial contributions to the oranization with in-kind donations, volunteerism and by creating a culture of giving within their companies. The Champion of Hope Award is the highest tribute for corporate community involvement for established workplace campaigns. This year, the Champion of Hope Award was presented to Samson Natural Resources in the small business category who raised $61,500, a 403% increase from last year; CoBank from the medium business category who raised $529,000, an increase of 12%; and U.S. Bank in the large business category, who increased their giving to $353,000 by making it their personal mission to increase participation and overall engagement throughout the company.
The Emeritus Champion Award is given to a company which has won the Champion of Hope award three years in a row. This year’s Emeritus Champion Award was presented to Lockton Companies for raising nearly three quarters of a million dollars and running one of the most fun and creative campaigns Mile High United Way has ever seen, leading to a 40% increase over last year’s campaign. Other companies in this category are MillerCoors, PCL Construction, Deloitte, Lockheed Martin Space Systems, Delta Dental of Colorado, and CenturyLink.
Other awardees included: Atmos Energy and Eaton’s Cooper Lighting in the Spirit of Hope category, given to newly launched workplace campaigns; WPX Energy for best campaign event; Anadarko Petroleum Corporation for best campaign video; Brandon Prescott of Colorado Coalition for the Homeless for best campaign speaker; and National Renewable Energy Laboratory for best employee engagement.