Cummins employees pledged a record $2.66 million to the United Way in 2012, a 6 percent increase over the previous year.
The Cummins Foundation has matched those pledges dollar for dollar, so social service organizations in the communities where Cummins employees live and work across the United States and in Juarez, Mexico, will receive a total of $5.32 million.
“Many of these contributions have been or will be designated to not-for-profit organizations about which our employees are passionate and spend time with volunteering outside of the United Way campaign,” said Brian Hardy, Corporate Responsibility Program manager.
“Corporate Responsibility is one of Cummins’ core values and can be demonstrated in so many ways, including making contributions to the United Way,” Hardy added.
More than 9,000 employees participated in this year’s campaign. The United Way allows contributors to designate their funds to specific qualifying programs. Cummins has an extensive community involvement initiative so in many cases employees were able to earmark their donations to activities they worked on through the Company’s Every Employee Every Community Program.
The previous United Way record at Cummins was set last year when employees gave $2.51 million. In 2011, employees increased their pledges by nearly 20 percent compared to the $2.1 million pledged in 2010.
The most money in 2012 was raised from Cummins employees living in Bartholomew County, Ind.; Fridley, Minn. and Rocky Mount, N.C. The Company has large operations in all three locations.
Participation, however, was high across almost every Cummins site, regardless of size, with Cummins’ facilities in El Paso, Texas; Jamestown, N.Y.; Clovis, N.M.; Rocky Mount; Nashville, Tenn. and Indianapolis all recording participation rates of 70 percent or higher.
While the United Way program involves mostly the United States, Cummins has started matching gift programs outside the United States through The Cummins Foundation and the Cummins India Foundation.
In 2011 and 2012, India, China and parts of the Asia Pacific region launched matching gift programs and others will be added in the next 12 to 18 months. Through voluntary payroll deductions, Cummins employees in these regions are able to support local non-profits whose causes are meaningful to them.
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