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Living United … and Living Our Values

What happens when you challenge 700+ ESL employees to “live united” in support of the United Way of Greater Rochester?

Great things, as evidenced by the success of this year’s United Way campaign at ESL! 

May 2016

This spring, hundreds of ESL employees raised more than $116,000 for the 2016 United Way campaign through individual contributions, tremendous raffles, and a series of fun fundraising events in the workplace. The dollars raised for this important campaign support the United Way’s efforts to help the Rochester community in a variety of ways – from giving babies the best start, to preparing kids for success, to supporting elders and their caregivers, to helping to reduce poverty.

What’s more, some 30 employees participated in the United Way’s annual Day of Caring on a glorious May day, helping to clean up and beautify the grounds at Memorial Park in Gates and Camp Arrowhead in Pittsford. ESL has proudly participated in this community-wide day of service for more than a decade now.

“We put a lot of time and effort into our United Way campaign,” explains Employee Communications Specialist Jeffrey T. Smith, who leads the three-week ESL campaign each year and mobilizes 75-100 employee volunteers. “Not only is it a great way for us to live the ESL core values and show how much we care about people and the community, the events we plan give us a great opportunity to have some fun in the workplace and reinforce our commitment to being a great place to work.”

This year, those fun events – many created and arranged by different departments within ESL – included a “Bingo Blast,” a “Sundae Spectacular,” and “Pizzapalooza,” among several others.

We remain grateful to our employees for once again supporting our annual United Way campaign – and showing that we are truly “united” in living our values and helping to make Rochester an even better place to live, work, and play.

Hundreds of ESL employees raised more than $116,000 for this year's United Way Campaign.

More than 30 employees participated in the United Way’s annual Day of Caring in May.

ESL’s three-week campaign each year mobilizes 75-100 employee volunteers.

Fundraising events included a “Bingo Blast,” a “Sundae Spectacular,” and “Pizzapalooza,” among several others.