(Seguin) -- Employees at a local manufacturing have done it again. Thanks to hours of fundraising and employee payroll deductions, Minigrip has presented the Guadalupe County United Way with a check for more than $90,0000.
Minigrip employees recently presented the Guadalupe County United Way with a check for $90,646.32. The money is the plant's 2014 gift. Helping to present the check are members of Minigrip's United Way Committee. The group of employees is responsible for spearheading fundraising activities throughout the year. They include, left to right, Whitney Grant, Deborah Eckols (United Way Director), Lupe Quintanilla, Esther Campos, Mike Zukerman, Guillermo Herrera and Nadine Schmeltekopf. Courtesy photo.
Human Resources Specialist Whitney Grant says the Minigrip team, no doubt, had another great and successful United Way campaign.
“This is a little bit smaller than last year but it was definitely a large donation. The previous year we were able to do $98,000 total. That was for the 2013-2014 year and this year, we were able to do $90,000 total still for the 2014-2015 campaign,” said Grant.
Grant says capped off with a corporate match, the funds are raised through various ways of giving.
“It’s definitely attributed to our United Way Committee. We have a committee full of about 10 or so employees that help with fundraisers and with the garage sales and also with the employee deductions. So how we are able to raise money – one, is by having just employee only raffles were we raffle off prizes that are ideally donated and employees in our plant are able to buy raffle tickets and with those, we were able to raise money that way. Our largest success definitely would be the United Way garage sales were we had two of those last year. The first one was in April and that one brought in over $11,000. Then in November, not too much later, we actually brought in $9,000. So the garage sales definitely played a huge role,” said Grant.
When it's all said and done, Grant says it's the employees that make all this happen.
“We definitely have a great group of employees overall. The actual employees from the United Way Committee, they take a lot of time helping to plan the garage sales, getting out there on the plant floor to help sell some of the raffle tickets. It’s a lot of work organizing the garage sales. So the employees do a great job. Even employees that aren’t actually in the committee, we have it set up so employees can donate like a $1 a paycheck and that goes toward United Way. So even if an employee donates $1, it ends up being over $50 a year. So, our employees are very dedicated. That’s definitely were most of our success comes from and the community as well just helping to support our garage sales,” said Grant.
The Guadalupe County United Way helps to fund over 30 non-profit groups throughout Seguin and Guadalupe County.