Publix associates embody a genuine spirit of giving to carry out the legacy of community commitment that our founder, George Jenkins, began. To continue his legacy, Publix sponsors an annual United Way campaign to educate associates about the United Way and to provide Publix associates with an opportunity to be involved in helping meet needs in their communities. During the 2016 Publix United Way Campaign, associates raised $35.5 million! With a Publix Charities match of $26.5 million, the total giving for the 2016 campaign is $62 million.
To thank Publix associates for our support and generous giving, Alan H. Turner II, CEO of The United Way of Central Florida (UWCF) visited the Publix corporate offices last week, joined by other United Way staff members and individuals representing United Way partner agencies and other volunteers. All were here to express the organization’s appreciation during “Publix Appreciation Week” commemorated with similar visits held at stores, distribution and manufacturing facilities and other Publix locations throughout our six-state operating area.
They held signs and enthusiastically greeted associates as we entered the corporate building to begin our workday. In addition to the warm morning greeting, the non-profit community organization provided tasty treats to associates in each of our stores, and throughout our corporate and other support areas. Now that’s gratitude! It’s not necessary though, because it warms our hearts as associates to donate our time, money and effort to such a worthwhile cause.
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