MeadWestvaco (MWV) announced today that its 2011 annual fundraising campaign for Trident United Way (TUW) has raised more than $700,000 - the largest this year for TUW. The effort is a result of the sizeable campaign driven by MWV employees as well as a corporate donation delivered from the MWV Foundation.
In total, 330 MWV employees made personal donations to the TUW campaign, raising more than $350,000 that was then matched by MWV. Beyond monetary donations to the campaign, throughout the course of the year MWV employees logged more than 700 volunteer hours with Trident United Way.
“Our company culture at MeadWestvaco has always been rooted in the spirit of giving,” said Ed Rose, President, MWV Specialty Chemicals Division. “Trident United Way has been an organization we’ve remained committed to for more than 40 years, and I’ve never been more proud to see our current salaried and hourly employees band together, and with support from our four unions, again show tremendous generosity and solidarity to help improve the lives of residents living in the tri-county area.”
Central to the mission at TUW is to support those organizations in the community that deliver opportunities for continued education, financial stability and health. Funds generated by MWV will benefit area organizations that include Metanoia, Communities in Schools, and Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure. Specifically, MWV has a strong partnership with Metanoia, a United Way-funded agency, where employees volunteer their time at Trident United Way’s annual Day of Caring. And MWV funds have helped to refurbish the organization’s youth entrepreneurship and volunteer community center—a $150,000 project.
“MeadWestvaco remains especially committed to those organizations that deliver quality of life, education and environmental stewardship opportunities in communities here in our own backyard,” said Kenneth T. Seeger
President, MWV Community Development and Land Management. “Our company’s longstanding partnership with Trident United Way is a strong example of the type of organization we are proud to partner with.”
On Monday, December 19, leaders of MWV presented a check to TUW for the company’s 2011 charitable giving campaign. The event took place at the MWV Specialty Chemicals division in North Charleston, SC.
“MWV continues to be a leader in its support of the community, and this year is no exception. We applaud and appreciate the remarkable generosity of the employees and the company,” said Christopher Kerrigan, president and CEO of Trident United Way.
MeadWestvaco Corporation (NYSE: MWV), provides packaging solutions to many of the world’s most-admired brands in the healthcare, beauty and personal care, food, beverage, media and entertainment, home and garden, tobacco, and commercial print industries.
The company's businesses also include Consumer & Office Products, Specialty Chemicals, and the Community Development and Land Management Group, which sustainably manages the company’s land holdings to support its operations, and to provide for conservation, recreation and development opportunities. With 20,000 employees worldwide, MWV operates in 30 countries and serves customers in more than 100 nations. MWV manages all of its forestlands in accordance with internationally recognized forest certification standards, and has been named to the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index for the sixth consecutive year. For more information, please visit www.mwv.com.
Trident United Way (TUW) works to strengthen our Lowcountry community by focusing on the building blocks of a good life—education, financial stability and health. TUW channels all its efforts to achieve three community goals by 2020—88% of students graduate high school; 30% more local residents are financially stable; and 25% more residents adopt a healthy lifestyle.
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