HanesBrands and Its Employees Raise More than $2.2 Million for United Way of Forsyth County, N.C.
On March 4, 2014, HanesBrands, Winston-Salem, N.C., announced that the company and its employees raised $2.2 million for the United Way of Forsyth County as part of another award-winning employee campaign in 2013.
Hanes and its employees represent the largest corporate giver to the United Way chapter and have given more than $34 million since 1999 to help fund an array of social services to families and individuals in need in Forsyth County. "Our employees are truly amazing, and are incredibly unselfish with their time and donations to help the United Way," said Rick Elmore, HanesBrands vice president, global supply chain support, and 2013 company campaign chairperson. "More than half of our headquarters employees pledged to support the campaign, and as a result of their generosity United Way of Forsyth County will continue to be able to achieve its mission of effectively addressing our community's most vital human needs."
As part of the company's campaign, employees also donated 140,000 meals to Crisis Control and Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest, N.C., one of United Way's 32 partner agencies, and Hanes granted paid time off to more than 400 headquarters employees to volunteer for a Day of Caring at 10 local community agencies. This record-number of employee volunteers contributed thousands of volunteer hours performing various tasks at the agencies including landscaping, painting, administrative duties, and more.
During the weeklong campaign, activities held on campus included a kickoff celebration, silent auctions and an agency fair that provided employees an opportunity to learn about the various local nonprofit agencies in attendance.
Hanes executives also served as the campaign leaders for the overall 2013 community campaign of the United Way of Forsyth County. Co-chairs Richard A. Noll, chairman and chief executive officer of Hanes, and Mike Ernst, retiring president of Hanes' direct-to-consumer business segment, led the campaign that generated $17.35 million, beating its goal by $25,000.