United Way brings people together to build strong, equitable communities where everyone can thrive. The organization’s focus is on education, income and health—the building blocks for a good quality of life.
At Astec, employees from across our United States operations joined forces to support United Way’s mission through the company’s annual giving campaign. The campaign is an important part of the company’s purpose – Built to Connect – which includes supporting programs that connect and strengthen the communities where we work and live.
This year, Astec employee donations exceeded $101,000. Paired with a corporate match, the total combined community contribution is $192,000.
“This year’s campaign success was only possible thanks to the generosity of our employees and to the hard work of site ambassadors and their teams who organized numerous fundraising activities and events to raise donations and create awareness,” said Dena Fairley, vice president of internal audit at Astec and this year’s executive sponsor. “It’s truly been a joy watching these teams thrive and achieve success.”
Examples of the special events and competitions that took place to raise funds and awareness for local United Way chapters include:
- In Parsons, Kansas, employees participated in the Toss Like a Boss cornhole tournament benefitting United Way of Southwest Missouri & Southeast Kansas.
- Astec’s Blair, Nebraska, site had a Pie in the Face challenge and Soup War to raise money for the Freemont Area United Way.
- In Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin, employees raised funds for Great Rivers United Way through raffles, bake sales, a chili cook-off, and more.
- Astec helped United Way of Greater Chattanooga celebrate 100 years of service to the Chattanooga community.
"We truly believe we are stronger when we work together,” said United Way of Greater Chattanooga CEO Lesley Scearce. “Thanks to a partnership with Astec, we can bring our united vision to life. Together we can help build a community where all people achieve their full human potential. From volunteerism to advocacy, we are grateful for our community partners that allow us to support our neighbors in need. Astec plays an integral part in living UNITED."
The company’s United Way campaign was held at U.S. locations only this year, but Astec sites around the world are involved in their local communities, too. Astec do Brazil´s partnership with Espaço Transformar Social Project assists children and teenagers with activities such as ballet, literacy, computer classes, and more.
CFO Becky Weyenberg, took the opportunity to see the good work firsthand on a recent visit to the site. “It was great to see how Astec do Brazil is helping their community through this partnership. Programs like Espaço Transformar can really make a difference in the lives of the children and I’m proud we can be a part of that.”
If you’re interested in doing more in your communities, contact your local United Way to learn where you can volunteer your time or raise awareness for a cause that matters to you.