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MARTIN COUNTY -- United Way staff and volunteers visited all 11 Publix locations in Martin County in February to personally thank employees for their contributions to United Way's annual campaign.
Publix Super Markets and its employees take great pride in supporting their local community, and United Way helps turn their hard-earned dollars into positive change by funding local programs that focus on six key priority areas of ending hunger, strengthening families, health education, jobs and ensuring safety.
This year, Publix and its employees raised $421,141 for United Way's annual campaign, the largest corporate contribution. It was enough to provide 20 hours of counseling for 100 abused or neglected children, 30 days of food and emergency shelter for 40 families, 100,000 pounds of food for local feeding kitchens and emergency food pantries, six weeks of shelter and transportation for job interviews for 20 women living in a domestic violence center, 1,500 hours of tutoring for 20 at-risk students and eight weeks of care for 10 elderly clients at an adult day program.
"This is a community that we all live and work in and the people who benefit from our donations are our friends and neighbors," said Rick Grinnan, manager at Publix Store No. 1014 in Palm City. "I our contributions benefit all of us and help build a stronger foundation for the community."
To thank Publix and its employees for their generous contribution, United Way led a county-wide round of positive picketing with donors, volunteers, agencies representatives and clients at each Publix location in Martin County.
"The parade through the store was a great touch and a lot of fun," said Mr. Grinnan. "Our associates really enjoyed it and the commotion generated a lot of interest from our customers who had no idea what was going on."
With continued support from local businesses like Publix, United Way is closing in on its 2012-13 fundraising campaign goal of raising $2.4 million. To make a contribution to this year's campaign or for more information about United Way of Martin County, visit LIVEUNITEDmc.org or call (772) 283-4800.