LOUISVILLE, KY (12/28/11) – United Way of the Coalfield, located in Madisonville, is one of 27 non-profit organizations across the state that will start the New Year with added financial security and the ability to assist more Kentucky families, thanks to the continued support from employees of Kentucky Utilities and Louisville Gas and Electric.
In total, the companies’ annual charitable giving campaign will pledge more than $1.6 million in 2012, making it the fifth year in a row employees have raised more than $1 million in support of the communities in which they live and work.
United Way of the Coalfield and its more than 10 affiliate organizations serve Hopkins and Muhlenberg Counties.
Nearly 70 percent of KU and LG&E employees now participate in the companies' annual giving campaign through payroll deduction, more than twice the national average for employee participation in charitable giving.
“As non-profit organizations face a sluggish economy that has hampered fundraising efforts, our employees continue to rally in support of charitable agencies that provide critical programs and services on which so many underserved Kentuckians rely,” said Chip Keeling, Vice President of Communications for KU and LG&E , and co-chair of the companies’ 2011 charitable giving campaign. “Just in time for the holiday season, our employees demonstrated the power of their giving spirit by producing another record-setting campaign.”
Other United Ways across the KU service territory – from Paducah to Harlan – also will benefit. In Louisville, non-profit organizations Fund for the Arts, Metro United Way and WHAS Crusade for Children will receive donations.
Since 2005, KU and LG&E's employee giving campaign has raised nearly $11 million through payroll deductions, event fundraisers, direct-to-charity donations and Foundation support.
Visit the KU and LG&E website for more information on the company's corporate responsibility efforts.
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