We had a nice visit today from the United Way of Central Indiana. Diane Johnson and Dudley Green, both UWCI Loaned Executives stopped by to present our Executive Director Carolyn Dederer with Day Nursery’s 2007 “Company That Cares” Award. UWCI presents Company That Cares awards to organizations that display exceptional commitment during the annual United Way campaign. Day Nursery has been associated with United Way since the very beginning. In fact, we were around before the name was changed to United Way. Day Nursery was first funded in 1918 when United Way was known as the War Chest. In 1920 after WWI the organization was renamed The Community Chest. I am not sure how many agencies were in the original group, but Day Nursery and a few remain today: Alpha Home, Volunteers of America, Boy Scouts, Salvation Army, and Red Cross. As a United Way member agency, Day Nursery employees know the importance of a successful United Way campaign. Your donation goes to support more than 100 certified agencies, while also helping children get a great start in school through United Way’s Ready to Learn, Ready to Earn programs.
To be eligible for the award a company must have participation from at least 70% of employees–I am proud to say that 88% of our employees participated in the campaign last year.
We are also grateful that Indianapolis has many strong companies who support the United Way financially and by loaning their executives to United Way to help carry out the campaign in our community. Thanks to Citizens Gas & Coke Utility for their loan of Diane Johnson and to FedEx for their loan of Dudley Green. We enjoyed meeting them today!