With Valero St. Charles Refinery as this year’s biggest contributor, the United Way of St. Charles marked still another record-setting campaign with this year’s $3.4 million raised.
John Dias, UWSC executive director, said funds will be used to add additional job training and educational opportunities to the parish, but could not detail the plan at this time.
“United Way of St. Charles would like to thank all the local industries, businesses, and individuals for their hard work in making this campaign a success,” Dias said.
Dias also praised those who helped make the campaign a success.
“I could not be more proud of the Valero St. Charles employees for beating their goal and raising over $1.17 million for United Way. We achieved 100 percent participation, which means that each and every employee at the site contributed to positively impact our community and meet the most critical needs in our society,” said Jerry Stumbo, Valero VP and general manager, and UWSC Campaign co-chair for 2018-19. “The St. Charles employees are some of the most hard-working, generous people I have ever met and I’m pleased to work with them day in and day out.”
Stumbo headed the campaign along with co-chairs include Rodney Madere, chief deputy of St. Charles Parish Sheriff’s Office; Teddi Touchard Roberts, community outreach for St. Charles Parish Hospital/Ochsner, and Laurie Guichard, UW volunteer.
Touchard said being the largest campaign in the UW’s history “is a testament to the support and commitment by our local residents, industries and businesses to the services provided to our community by this organization.”
The Victory Celebration, held March 21 at Cypress Lakes Country Club in Destrehan, announced the accomplishments of the campaign and recognized companies with success in their workplace campaigns.
Companies such as Valero St. Charles Refinery, Shell Norco Manufacturing Complex, Dow St. Charles Operations, Bayer, OxyChem, Entergy Waterford 3, Zachry Group, and Cornerstone Chemical Company, received top honors for success in campaign improvement, employee per capita giving, corporate giving, percent participation, and leadership giving.
Also recognized at the Victory Celebration were the non-industry campaigns of St. Charles Parish Public Schools, Beaed of Louisiana, St. Charles Community Health Center, AM/PM Staffing Services, St. Charles Parish Hospital, First National Bank USA, Arc of St. Charles, St. Charles Parish Government, United Way of St. Charles, and St. Charles Parish Sheriff’s Office.
The Excellence in Partnership Award was presented to Arc of St. Charles, A Safe Space of St. Charles Domestic Violence Program, Boy Scouts, CADA, Creative Family Solutions, Crisis Assistance Program-St. Charles Parish Sheriff’s Office, Epilepsy Alliance Louisiana, Metro Centers for Community Advocacy, Retired & Senior Volunteer Program, River Region Drama Guild, Second Harvest, St. Charles Parish 4-H Clubs, St. Charles Community Health Center, St. Charles Parish Council on Aging, St. Charles Parish Hospital Auxiliary, TRIAD-St. Charles Parish Sheriff’s Office, VIA Link 2-1-1, and Youth Empowerment Project, in celebration of United Way of St. Charles partner agencies who conduct a campaign.
Several St. Charles Parish Public School sites were honored as well, including Landry Alternative School, The Satellite Center, Central Office, Allemands Elementary School, R.K. Smith Middle School, Luling Elementary School, New Sarpy Elementary School, Ethel Schoeffner Elementary School, Harry Hurst Middle School, Albert Cammon Middle School, Destrehan High School, St. Rose Elementary School, and Pupil Appraisal.