Haywood EMC (HEMC) employees recently completed their 2017 United Way contribution campaign with 39 participating employees giving a total $12,657 to benefit local community members in need. The co-op is a “Pacesetter” organization for the United Way, helping to jump-start annual fundraising campaigns.
“Our employees often see the hardships of those we serve because many are our family, friends and neighbors,” said Ken Thomas, HEMC manager of marketing and communications, and this year’s United Way chairperson for the co-op.
In addition to making donations, many employees volunteered for the United Way’s Day-of-Caring, which is designed to improve quality of life for elderly and disabled residents by improving safety and living conditions in and around their homes. This year, Haywood EMC volunteers helped a family in the Jonathan Creek community by doing yard work, trimming trees, chipping and hauling off brush.