General Electric Aviation kicked off their 2018 month-long October campaign with a Cultural Day to celebrate their internal cultural diversity at both their Roosevelt and Gateway Center locations. As a part of this event, GE Aviation invited United Way Suncoast, and our partner agency PARC to enjoy the festivities and drive home the importance of corporate giving. This event highlighted both corporate and community inclusion, and had plenty of delicious food, singing and dancing.
Both GE Aviation sites officially held kickoff tailgate/BBQ events, a golf tournament, a superb talent show and a triathlon to benefit United Way Suncoast. One employee even designed a 2018 campaign T-shirt.
Credit must go to the amazing Staci Gardner and Daniel Kennedy. Staci, a Lead Procurement Specialist, is the campaign coordinator for the Roosevelt location, and Daniel, a Lead Software Engineer, is the campaign coordinator for the Gateway Center location. Both Staci and Daniel employed lots of help and enthusiasm from a team of volunteers who helped make all these events successful!
A huge thank you to the entire GE Aviation team for being hand raisers and game-changers by making a difference in our community!
The American Automobile Association (AAA) also got creative with their United Way campaign, with every part of their organization displaying enthusiasm and passion for giving back. AAA emphasized creating a pipeline of ambassadors from their staff who were chosen to champion the message and mission of United Way. They coordinated meetings and arranged for speakers such as United Way Suncoast CEO and President Suzanne McCormick and Kevin Bakewell, Senior Vice President & Chief Public Affairs Officer of AAA, to talk about the importance of giving back.
Employees participated in the WALK IN MY SHOES experience to learn what life is like for the ALICE (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed) population, took part in an electronic campaign and volunteered at Day of Caring. AAA also generously provided a 60% match on all employee pledges!
We’re thankful for AAA employees and volunteers who have always been among the first to ask, ‘How can we help?’, proving they truly know what it means to Live United.