Statewide food drive brings in more than 2,000 pounds of food for hungry Alaskans
ANCHORAGE, Nov. 17, 2014 – Wells Fargo team members donated a record $411,000 to nonprofit organizations and schools in Alaska as part of the company’s annual Community Support and United Way Campaign in September. This is the highest Community Support Campaign contribution ever by team members in Alaska.
Wells Fargo team members and customers in Alaska also donated more than 2,000 pounds of food to local food banks as part of Hunger Action Month in September. Canned and boxed food donations were collected at Wells Fargo’s 49 banking stores in Alaska. On Oct. 18, Wells Fargo team members volunteered at Food Bank of Alaska to help assemble 900 food boxes for seniors.
“We could not achieve our mission without caring community members like Wells Fargo employees giving time, food, and funds so their neighbors in need have enough to eat,” says Food Bank of Alaska Executive Director Michael Miller.
In addition to personal donations, Wells Fargo team members raised funds for local United Way agencies and other charities through silent auctions, casual days, luncheons and other activities. Alaska team members also volunteered during the United Way’s “Day of Caring” with organizations such as the AWARE shelter in Juneau, Food Bank of Alaska, Kenai Peninsula Food Bank, and The Children’s Place in Wasilla.
In 2013, Wells Fargo invested $1.5 million in 200 nonprofits and schools in Alaska. Wells Fargo’s Alaska team members logged 10,250 volunteer hours in 2013.
The annual Community Support and United Way Campaign encourages team members to give in ways that mean the most to them, whether by going out into the community to volunteer for their favorite nonprofit, or through financial contributions to any nonprofit, school, or religious institution of their choice. One hundred percent of team member donations go to the organizations they choose. Wells Fargo pays all processing costs and matches gifts, up to $5,000 per team member, to qualifying schools.
Nationally, team members pledged a record $70.5 million to community nonprofits and schools. To date, including the Campaign, team members have donated $97.7 million of their own dollars to nonprofits, a nearly 10 percent increase over 2013, and the twelfth straight year-over-year double-digit increases in pledge totals. Wells Fargo has been named United Way’s N0. 1 workplace giving campaign in the U.S. for five years in a row (2009-2013).
David J. Kennedy, APR
Alaska Regional Communications Officer