Publix of Lebanon recently presented a donation of $53,043 for United Way of Wilson County, associates raising $30,643 in employee pledges while the Publix corporation contributed $23,400 in matching funds.
"We are so excited and so happy to have Publix stores as a partner corporation,” said UWWC President John McMillin. “Publix employees have a history of exceeding our expectations.
“This campaign represents this year's largest corporate financial gift for UWWC," McMillin said, explaining that the total Publix campaign is just behind Custom Packaging, Inc. as the county's largest contributor.
"Publix employees have volunteered time to our agencies, they've supported UWWC with funds in these challenging economic times and their corporate staff continue to be vocal leaders for our UnitedWay," McMillin said.
"Before the first store was even built here, Publix contacted us about participating in United Way," he added.
"Their goals are set high, but interestingly enough they manage to meet those goals through being involved with local United Ways and encouraging employees to learn more about their United Way agencies. I think it's that sense of caring for the community that instills their employees to give," McMillin said, adding that Publix employees also assisted with planting trees at the Lebanon Senior Citizens' Center as part of their Day-of-Caring for the communities they serve.
United Way of Wilson County Allocations panels will meet in late April to disburse the monies collected to-date in this year's campaign; their results are slated for release early in June.