Every year, organizations ranging from small to large partner with Greater Twin Cities United Way to create positive change in our community. Our corporate partners are a highly valued and critical part of our mission, investing their time through rewarding team-building volunteer projects and their dollars through United Way workplace campaigns and corporate sponsorships.
One of those key corporate partners is CHS. A global agribusiness owned by farmers, ranchers and cooperatives, CHS has a history of giving and has been a Greater Twin Cities United Way partner for more than 18 years.
To continue supporting the local community in 2019, CHS and their employees invested more than $950,000 in the community through Greater Twin Cities United Way. This gift will support nearly 15,500 individuals in several ways:
As part of its CHS Community Giving efforts, CHS provides funding to boost Greater Twin Cities United Way’s work in household stability, which includes housing and food security initiatives. CHS employees at more than 10 locations in rural communities also donate to their local United Way chapters.
Supporting United Way is just one way CHS makes a difference for others. By 2020, CHS Community Giving will invest $5.5 million to strengthen hometown communities across the country through employee giving programs, local cooperative matching grants and funding for ag safety projects.
Another consistent characteristic of CHS involvement with United Way over the years has been employee engagement. This year, more than 400 CHS employees demonstrated the cooperative spirit by pledging and participating in campaign fundraising events, including a kickball tournament at CHS Field in St. Paul, a Topgolf tournament and an employee kickoff event with speakers from the Minnesota Lynx, Minnesota Wild and United Way’s Gigi Bisong.
That employee engagement extends beyond campaign week. In 2018, CHS volunteers got involved in many United Way projects including:
At a leadership level, CHS is extremely committed to United Way. Jim Zappa, CHS executive vice president and general counsel, is a member of Greater Twin Cities United Way’s board of directors.
“At CHS, we create connections to empower agriculture,” says Jim Zappa, CHS executive vice president and general counsel. “Supporting United Way is just one example of how CHS employees live out that purpose and exemplify our value of cooperative spirit. By embracing collaboration and shared goals, we’re doing better – together.”
In partnership with United Way, CHS is building a stronger nonprofit sector and a more vibrant Twin Cities community.
Inspired? Your company can volunteer, partner and fundraise. Our team is ready to help you set up a successful workplace campaign. We know every company is different and will help customize your messaging and activities to keep everyone engaged and excited about contributing to our community! To get involved, visit our Partners page.