Unilin makes donation to United Way

More than $40,000 contributed at holiday luncheon
Dec. 23, 2013 @ 10:04 AM

The United Way of Davidson County received a total of more than $40,000 during the annual Unilin Flooring holiday luncheon Dec. 17.
In celebration of another successful campaign, officials gathered in the company showroom as Stephanie Watson, master data specialist at Unilin Flooring, presented a corporate match check from Mohawk Carpet Foundation to Lee Jessup, president of United Way of Davidson County. The corporate match check mirrors the $20,000 raised by Unilin employees.
"Unilin Flooring has become one of the great companies in Davidson County in terms of its charitable commitment," Jessup said. He spoke briefly with Unilin employees, thanking them for their support of the organization. "This is a huge gift to us. The company certainly has one of the fastest-growing campaigns, and it feels great here at Christmas for this terrific company to touch so many boys, girls, men and women who need help throughout the year. We're extremely proud at the United Way to partner with Unilin Flooring."
Watson said the check casts a spotlight on the hard work and dedication of Unilin employees to help build a stronger community. The campaign saw a 16 percent increase over last year.
"This year, we were very lucky to get $5,000 more than we got last year. I am promised we will have $5,000 more next year. This year, we raised over $42,000 for the United Way, including our company match from Mohawk. We try to work a lot of different avenues in the community, between the United Way and our local school systems."
One of Thomasville's largest employers, Unilin has parlayed its corporate success into contributions to the community.
"This year has actually been different than in past years, simply because we have been growing so much this year," Watson said. "We have hired about 60 new employees and have had to change our strategies. Instead of just having a campaign that ran the month of August, we started working that into our new employee orientation so that we could get people acclimated to our company culture — that we give back to our community. Our community matters. We can't do that unless our employees help us do that."
United Way of Davidson County is still accepting donations and is just shy of reaching its $1.8 million campaign goal. Thus far, unofficial tallies indicate the campaign has raised more than $1.6 million.

Staff Writer Daniel Kennedy can be reached at 888-3575, or kennedy@tvilletimes.com.