Lancaster, Pa.—More than 220 Armstrong Flooring employees and their family members volunteered for service projects during the annual Day of Caring sponsored by United Way of Lancaster County. The Armstrong Flooring team was the largest group of volunteers from a single business at the event on Sept. 8 and 9.
The Armstrong Flooring group volunteered at 11 nonprofit organizations, including a children’s museum, a school, an animal shelter, parks and service agencies. Projects included replacing flooring, cleaning, landscaping and painting. In addition, employees at company’s corporate headquarters in Lancaster recently pledged more than $130,000 to the annual United Way campaign. Contributions fund initiatives designed to provide education, preparation for employment, and access to medical care.
“One of our corporate values centers on support of the community, and our employees certainly demonstrated that in their generous response to United Way this year,” said Don Maier, Armstrong Flooring CEO and a member of United Way of Lancaster County’s board of directors. “I would like to congratulate our team and thank them for supporting United Way both through the campaign and their volunteer efforts.”
Employees at Armstrong Flooring plants around the country also conduct United Way campaigns and participate in volunteer service days throughout the year.
Dalton — Shaw Industries Group Inc. (Shaw) and approximately 900 of its associates in northwest Georgia completed 59 projects for United Way as part of its annual Live United Week of Service.
Supporting 41 agencies and schools in northwest Georgia, Shaw associates helped at food pantries, daycares and classrooms by planting trees, cleaning up debris, painting, and stocking shelves among other activities that support United Way’s mission to improve lives by mobilizing the caring power of communities to advance the common good.
“Shaw’s headquarters and more than half of our associates are based in northwest Georgia. We are one of the largest employers in the area, and local community and civic involvement are particularly important to us. This is where we live, work and play,” said Joel Hughes, director of Supply Chain Business Solutions and Shaw’s 2014 United Way campaign chair. “United Way is uniquely positioned to identify and respond to needs in our local community, and we’re proud to support them and to provide Shaw associates with an opportunity to support causes they are passionate about.”
Shaw has worked closely with local United Ways, particularly in Northwest Georgia, since 1968. The company’s efforts have supported the community priorities identified by United Ways of Northwest Georgia:
- Education: helping children and youth achieve their potential through education
- Basic Needs: stabilizing families in crisis by supporting basic needs
- Health: providing independence for the elderly and people with special needs
In 2013, Shaw and Shaw associates donated more than $2.1 million to United Way, including more than $1.5 million from associates. Shaw associates are central to local United Way operations, holding dozens of board seats and other volunteer positions. Brenda Knowles, vice president of marketing and product development for Shaw’s commercial division, serves as the 2014 United Way of Northwest Georgia Board Chairperson. Amanda Burt, president of United Way of Northwest Georgia, commended the company’s continued efforts, noting, “Shaw Industries embodies the spirit of corporate philanthropy and social responsibility.”
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