During the 2017 United Way of Berks County Campaign, over $10.5 million was raised to address our county’s critical issues and to make our community a better place for everyone. UWBC is able to achieve success due to the hard work and generosity of our community and their passion to Live United, not only during Campaign season, but throughout the entire year.
WorleyParsons is a company that has adopted the Live United spirit throughout the year and the results are evident. During the 2017 Campaign WorleyParsons contributed close to $84,000. Behind the successful campaign, there are four members of the United Way committee who lead the charge. One of the ways the Committee shares the Live United spirit is by distributing a calendar which is filled with volunteer opportunities each month. A few of the opportunities include collections of items for Opportunity House and school supplies for children in need, participating in Big Brothers Big Sisters Bowl for Kids’ Sake, and participating in Salvation Army’s Christmas Angel program. Along with monthly events they also offer recurring opportunities such as, Miller-Keystone Blood Drives and delivering meals for Meals on Wheels.
One of the highlights of WorleyParsons’ calendar is their CANstruction event. CANstruction is an event where people come together and create structures with canned foods. At the end of the event cans are donated to local food banks. In February, the WorleyParsons committee hosted six teams, each consisting of six staff members. Through this event WorleyParsons was able to collect over 2,300 cans which were then donated to Helping Harvest (formerly known as the Greater Berks Food Bank). Cindy Manning, a member of the Committee, believed this event would be a great way to celebrate Engineering Week. She shared, ”I thought an event like this would be a great idea. Since there was not a local CANstruction event we decided to host our own.” Though events like this are a great way to get employees involved, Manning shared the Committee hosts events like this for another purpose. “The more people are exposed to these events the more they see the need and why the work of United Way is necessary.”
The members of the WorleyParsons committee are passionate about the work they do. Manning says, "I like helping people, it’s just that simple.” Deanna Witzel, another member of the Committee, shared, “I have a passion about helping our community, and I enjoy coming up with new ideas for the upcoming United Way Campaign.”
The WorleyParsons committee had the opportunity to begin to plan for the 2018 Campaign during the June 6 Campaign Planning Workshop (CPW), which was hosted by United Way. Due to attending the 2017 CPW they left with strategies on how to spread gratitude to their employees throughout the year, and they have seen that it truly makes a difference. This year, they left with strategies on how to increase their Leadership Givers and they are also planning to continue to add more volunteer opportunities to their calendar.