Thanks (more than) a MILLION!
Under the current leadership of John Pham, Regional Vice President of Region II and Board member of the United Way of Long Island, GEICO raised $1,825,000. Funds will support the United Way of Long Island and many local GEICO charities of choice. This record-breaking goal was made possible by the generous contributions of the GEICO Region II associates, many of whom are leadership givers, special events held year round and a 100% matching corporate gift from the GEICO Philanthropic Foundation. GEICO is also a major sponsor of VetsBuild, YouthBuild, Project Warmth and the 2015 United Way of Long Island’s LIVE UNITED luncheon.
GEICO has been a corporate partner of the United Way of Long Island for over four decades. The GEICO associates continue to give what they can to the United Way and many other charities as it truly does make a difference in the community. The associates are extremely generous in giving and continue to “raise the bar” and demonstrate the effect GEICO can have on the community. GEICO associates who run charitable committees do some work "on the clock” but the majority of their work (attending walks, volunteering at special events) is done on their own time.
United Way of Long Island would like to recognize the 2014 campaign team from GEICO: Nicole Haner (Campaign Chair), Mike DeVivo, Tim Froehlich, James Moehringer, Nerisse Franklin and Jack Weckerle.
On May 7th, during the annual Mother’s Day plant sale, two representatives from United Way of Long Island’s YouthBuild Long Island program, Nikeya and Sydni, were on hand at GEICO in Woodbury to thank all the associates for their continued support. As young mothers themselves, this day was not only special because it was Mother’s Day, but because they were given the opportunity to give a big thank you to all GEICO employees for their continuous generosity. The contributions of GEICO Associates on Long Island go a long way to help fund programs like YouthBuild, which gives Nikeya and Sydni a realistic opportunity of obtaining goals that were once dreams.
As both young women enjoyed giving their time this day, one of the girls had a unique experience as she was reacquainted with people that she had not seen since she was seven years old. Sydni’s mother was a GEICO employee when she was growing up and she spent a lot of time there when she was a child. "Seeing people that I haven't seen since I was a child was a great experience,” Sydni shared. “It helped me see how far I have come. I was enthused because I saw so many familiar faces that day. Also, being able to say thank you to GEICO for supporting mothers like me was a great experience." At the Mother's Day plant sale thousands of “Forget –Me-Not” seed packets were given away, Mother’s Day donation cards were also available and a raffle was held for a grand prize of gardening ornaments and tools.