UNION COUNTY — Jonesville’s Dollar General Distribution Center is projected to donate over $40,000 to United Way of the Piedmont this year.
On Tuesday, Dollar General Senior Human Resources Manager Niki Stinespring presented a corporate sponsorship check for $5,000 to United Way of the Piedmont Community Relationship Manager Missy Wilkes.
Stinespring said the corporate donation will be followed by another donation of funds raised by employee donations during its two-week Community Giving Campaign which ended last week.
“Our company mission is serving others, and our employees live our mission,” Stinespring said.
Each year, the Dollar General Distribution Center donates funds raised during the Community Giving Campaign to three organizations — United Way of the Piedmont and two company-sponsored organizations (one for employee assistance and another for employee literacy).
During the campaign, employees are shown videos about the United Way and are given information about the programs. Most of the funds raised come from payroll deductions offered by employees. The Jonesville distribution center has 650 employees, of which 87 percent — and 100 percent of the management team — donated to the cause.
Last year, the campaign as a whole raised around $175,000, and Stinespring said she anticipates the final total to be around $200,000 this year. She explained that last year’s donation to United Way of the Piedmont was $41,000, which means a higher overall fundraising total this year would result in an even larger donation amount this year.
Stinespring said the numbers have gone up each year.
“It seems that our employees become more generous every year,” she said.
Wilkes — who began working with United Way of the Piedmont within the past two weeks — said she is excited about Dollar General’s generous donation, which will assist United Way of the Piedmont in serving its mission of connecting, engaging and inspiring people to transform their community.
The United Way of the Piedmont’s vision is to live united as an educated, financially stable, and healthy community. The organization’s strategies are to give, advocate and volunteer, and its values are as follows:
• Excellence — Leverage resources to efficiently and effectively serve our community. Motivate and enable partners to maximize measurable impact on our community.
• Inclusion — Connect, convene, and collaborate within our community.
• Innovation — Proactive, bold, and responsive to issues and challenges in our community.
• Integrity — Maintain trust and respect through transparency and accountability to stakeholders.
• Leadership — Inspire and empower transformative change in our community.
United Way of the Piedmont is a private, not-for-profit organization governed by a local board of volunteers. Its services cover three counties: Cherokee, Spartanburg and Union. To learn more, visit www.uwpiedmont.org.
Derik Vanderford can be reached at 864-762-4128 or email@example.com.