The 2016 United Way campaign at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory raised $900,000—an increase of $30,000 over the 2015 campaign.
“This is a fantastic and generous offer of support from our employees, management, volunteers, and everyone who has been associated in one way or another with this year’s United Way effort,” said campaign chair Sharon Kohler.
The $900,000 total included a corporate contribution from UT-Battelle. Kohler credited the lab’s Leadership Givers, who contribute a certain percentage of their salary per pay period, for providing 65 percent of the total designated by staff through payroll deduction. There were 22 new Leadership Givers joining this year.
“Since June 1 when this campaign started, there has been a lot of hard work from many people in helping to make this happen,” Kohler said. “During the campaign, we have talked to many people about what United Way does in our communities. We have had several events throughout the summer to raise awareness about United Way and encourage the spirit of giving.”
ORNL is one of the largest corporate contributors in East Tennessee to United Way.
UT-Battelle manages ORNL for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science.