Well, the numbers are in, and by all measures the 2015-16 United Way campaign – Changing the Game – blew away every expectation. In the long history of Holman UW involvement — since 1947! — this drive was the most successful ever, one of which all Holman employees can feel justifiably proud.
Here are a few statistics:
- Employees pledged over $1,375,000!
- 2,231 employees donated, and 547 were first-time donors.
- 294 were leadership givers (over $1,000), and 50 of those were new.
- The New Jersey Days of Caring had over 300 participants, volunteering at 29 different non-profit organizations.
It’s important to remember that no matter where our employees work, every penny we donated stayed right in our local communities. All pledges helped our own neighbors who needed that hand-up the most. Whether we work in Philadelphia or Fort Lauderdale, Toronto or Houston, San Diego or Minneapolis, our employee donations helped the folks that we see every day and live right around us.
How did this all happen? Well, from the very beginning it was an enormous team effort, involving people from all of our operations. Meetings for the September 2015 kickoffs started nine months earlier, in the very first week of January. Although the people who need to be thanked for the results are too numerous to mention – coordinators in all the operations, team leaders from Days of Caring, etc., etc., etc. — several people deserve a special shout-out:
- Campaign Chair Kim Andreola, and Co-Chair Kate Harland, created the team and the strategy for the drive, and the handled the innumerable details — and incredible headaches! — that any operation of this size can generate. They were absolutely tireless for ten long months in their pursuit of a great campaign.
- United Way liaison Trish Cashman provided important support services from UW.
- NJ Day of Caring Impresario Joe Korn created and managed the largest effort ever, with a 50% increase in the number of volunteers over an already record 2014.
Of course, some people even participated in ritual humiliation to increase the giving at their operations. There were tricycle/water balloon races at Holman Honda, and pie in the faces for managers at Pompano Ford-Lincoln. These, however, pale in comparison to the virile trio of VP’s at ARI Canada — Rick Tousaw, Jay Lim, and Charlie Guthro — who promised to cross dress if their operation reached its goal. Sadly for these guys, our northern neighbors were extraordinarily generous this year. Does anyone else think that Rick is enjoying this too much?
Of course, none of this happens without the gifts of all 2,231 employees who donated, whether it was $1 per week or $50. That’s where the rubber hits the road, and it’s that generosity that ultimately drives the campaign. To all you who gave: THANK YOU!