Ford and Unifor dig deep for United Way
Published on: January 18, 2016 | Last Updated: January 18, 2016 7:28 PM EST
A grand total of $560,022 is announced by United Way during a press conference at the Windsor Star News Cafe in Windsor, Ont. on Jan. 16, 2016. Jason Kryk / Windsor Star
At a time when most people are facing tough economic hardships, Ford and its employees are digging a little deeper in their pockets to help the community. Ford and employees with Unifor Locals 200 and 240 have donated $560,022 to United Way/Centraide Windsor-Essex. The money was raised from employees and retirees at the Unifor locals, Voith Industrial Services and Penske Logistics Canada. Ford employees also volunteer at United Way Days of Caring, and toy, food and coat drives.
Our tradition of giving to United Way goes way back and we ve donated over $50 million, said Mark Renaud, vice-president of Unifor 200. I m extremely proud of our employees for giving. We asked them this year to give a dollar more per week and a lot of them agreed. United Way CEO Lorraine Goddard said the money will help support 6,000 people in the community through food programs, counselling and after school programs. United Way support 32 local programs to address poverty, support kids and families and build strong neighbourhoods.
We have one of the highest levels of poverty in our community, Goddard said. Without that money, 6,000 in our community would go without.
Windsor site operations manager Shaun Whitehead said employees have been involved in the United Way over the years not only through donations but also actively through volunteering and with people serving on the board.
We are not just passively giving money but we are actively engaging in the community, Whitehead said. It s wonderful to partner with an organization such as United Way that can have an impact in the community.