Three Central Indiana companies whose establishments range from selling faucets, business furnishings and providing wastewater treatment and collection services were honored on June 2nd with United Way of Central Indiana’s (UWCI) prestigious Spirit United award at the organization’s annual meeting celebration.
Delta Faucet Company, RJE business interiors and United Water Indianapolis won the award that recognizes exemplary and consistent volunteer and financial engagement in UWCI’s mission: helping people learn more, earn more and lead safe and healthy lives. This is the seventh year in which the award has been given.
The three join 24 other previous winners in helping accelerate community change through United Way of Central Indiana.
Honorees and their United Way engagement are:
Delta Faucet Company
Headquartered in Indianapolis with manufacturing plants in five locations around the world, Delta Faucet Company has earned United Way’s coveted Company that Cares distinction for six consecutive years. Both the company and its more than 400 employees in Indianapolis have increased their investment in the community each year over the past four years.
Employees also volunteer their time by serving as agency evaluators, members of United Way committees and more. The company follows a best practice of allowing time for employees to learn about community needs. And it pays dividends beyond financial. Last year, for example, after learning about United Way’s Education priority Delta Faucet Company employees decided to donate hundreds of books to benefit United Way’s ReadUP tutoring program. Many also seek volunteer opportunities throughout the year.
RJE business interiors
The first company to ever earn United Way’s Spirit United recognition a second time, (2009 was the first) RJE stands out not only for its 100 percent giving but also for providing year-round leadership in United Way’s governance, fundraising and visibility efforts. On the company’s website, they describe not wanting to let their customers down.
When it comes to helping United Way drive community change to improve lives, they hold themselves to the same standard by consistently raising and exceeding their own goals. That mindset of RJE’s 50 some employees resulted in their achieving United Way’s Company that Cares honor for 15 years, every year since the award was established.
United Water Indianapolis
As contract operators for Citizens Energy Group, United Water provides wastewater collection and treatment services for Indianapolis citizens. The company has turned its community engagement through United Way into an “event” employees highly anticipate. The result? A 62 percent fundraising increase in 2014, due in part to a new employee matching gift along with a corporate gift.
Named a United Way Company that Cares for the past three years, United Water employees recognize the importance of giving back. Their consistent giving puts them in the league of businesses that recognize improving education, income stability, health and basic needs, in partnership with others, is a key aspect of doing business in Central Indiana.
To be eligible for Spirit United, a company has to have won United Way's Company that Cares award for the past three years and provided significant volunteer, financial support and other resources above and beyond a successful workplace campaign in support of United Way of Central Indiana’s mission.
Recipients were chosen by a volunteer task force of previous winners. Each Spirit United honoree receives a custom-designed award created by Herff Jones, Inc.
Past Spirit United honorees
2014: August Mack Environmental, Covance Greenfield, Faegre Baker Daniels and Dow AgroSciences
2013: Duke Realty, Ice Miller, Indianapolis Power & Light Company and Roche Diagnostics
2012: Allison Transmission Inc. and UAW Local #933, BKD LLP, CNO Financial Group Inc. and Community Health Network
2011: Barnes & Thornburg LLP, LDI, Ltd, LLC, OneAmerica and St. Vincent Health
2010: Herff Jones Inc., ProLiance Energy LLC, State Bank of Lizton and UPS
2009: Citizens Energy Group, Eli Lilly and Company, RJE business interiors and Walker