On December 5, 2012 GH Manufacturing Inc. wrapped up their annual United Way campaign. The President and Owner, Günther Huettlin presented Judi Gilbert, Executive Director of the United Way of Quinte with a cheque for $20,000. This amount represented payroll deductions from employees of $5,421 matched by a corporate donation. There were 19 new contributors to the payroll deductions in this campaign representing an increase of 61% over the previous year. Further funds were raised by special events throughout the year and a generous top-up by the company to round the donation to $20,000.
At the kick-off in September 2012 Günther committed to raising 1% of the annual campaign goal of $1.925 million. This year’s campaign was dedicated to a former employee, Suzanne Bell, who passed away in September 2012 at the age of 61. Suzanne in her last year of illness unselfishly shared her thoughts by writing about smoking and the deadly outcome that it had on her. The United Way Committee at GH, headed up by the Employee Campaign Coordinator Karen MacDonald, worked hard to engage everyone to participate in this year’s campaign.
Addressing the employees at the wrap up Günther stated “I am very proud of all of you – and how you embraced the effort and contributed in your own way throughout the campaign. The United Way is very important in our own community and I am grateful that we are able to give our full support to the organization again this year. With a very low cost of fundraising and administration of only 13.5%, it is a very responsible organization working directly for the people in our community. None of us knows when we may need to use one of the many programs offered through the United Way.”
Missing from this year’s wrap up was Dave Carberry, Plant Manager at Procter & Gamble. Dave was for the second year head of the Industrial Campaign Cabinet for the United Way. Günther spoke highly of his support over the past two years in GH’s United Way campaign. “Dave is a tremendous leader in our community and we are grateful for his work to engage other companies in our sector. Dave and his team generously provided P&G products for a workplace sale at GH that helped us to achieve our results.”
Judi Gilbert gratefully accepted the cheque and thanked all of the employees for again exceeding expectations and showing others what is possible. She referred to GH Manufacturing as “The Little Engine that Could”.