Illinois American Water has completed its 2009 United Way employee-giving campaign, raising over $76,400 for United Way agencies across the state. Employee pledges and corporate donations increased by $3,500 over the company's 2008 United Way campaign.
Illinois American Water employees volunteered to coordinate the local United Way campaigns in their communities, which ran through the month of October in every Illinois American Water district, from as far south as Cairo to as far north as South Beloit. Volunteers hosted informational meetings, offered bake sales and organized casual days and other events to raise funds and complete the successful campaign. "Illinois American Water has supported United Way for over 75 years," said Karla Olson Teasley, president of Illinois American Water.
"Each year I am impressed by the generosity of our employees. Through United Way, we are able to touch the lives of individuals in the communities we serve everyday." United Way is an Illinois American Water "charity of choice? because the organization helps to address critical community needs, such as investing in youth; overcoming disease and disabilities; caring for families and seniors; providing emergency food and shelter for families in need; and building stronger and safer communities.