April 26, 2017 (TYLER, TX) VME has joined the ranks of other local businesses, known as Community Pillars, to ensure that the maximum percentage of donations given to the United Way of Smith County go directly to the people served. VME employees have been participating in United Way giving since 2015. Now the company’s SHARE Team (Simply Helping Area Resources Exist) is directing corporate giving to UWSC as well.
Nan Moore, Executive Director, underlined the importance of VME’s corporate giving, saying “our Community Pillar businesses underwrite our operating expenses so that the great majority of money given by the average donor goes directly to people who receive help from our local agencies. During our 2016 campaign, over 94 cents of every dollar donated went straight to those in need.”
UWSC Development Director John Berry said, “many of VME’s employees are already among our ‘Everyday Philanthropists’ – good working men and women who give from their own paychecks regularly to those who truly need assistance.”
When first presented with the opportunity to give individually, VME employees responded enthusiastically. Janis Levels, Global Human Resources Director and member of the VME SHARE Team said, “our employees are very generous, so it was no surprise that many have signed on to make a difference in the lives of fellow East Texans. Our company is proud to partner with our employees to help everyone’s gifts go even farther.”