We’ve found other new ways to support United Way as well.
When we discovered a trove of office art that had been put in storage, we auctioned it off among our employees and donated the more than $10,000 in proceeds to United Way of Greater Los Angeles. Similarly, when we sold some corporate assets, we earmarked funds—some $20,000—for United Way.
Another way we give is to routinely donate our corporate suite at Staples Center to United Way of Greater Los Angeles and the agencies it funds. It’s gratifying to play a small part in boosting morale at nonprofits, where hours can be long and perks can be sparse.
Of course, many Avery Dennison employees still give enthusiastically through payroll deductions. We encourage every employee to join our United Way Leadership Circle by giving at least $1,000 annually.
Also, our corporate leaders continue to be involved with United Way of Greater Los Angeles’ board of directors, as they have been for many years. Currently, Lori Bondar, our controller and chief accounting officer, is a member of the board and its strategic planning cabinet.
We’re glad to maintain our long tradition of giving to United Way because we believe in United Way’s work and its record of results. Its objectives align with our own corporate social responsibility strategy, so lending our support is a natural fit. For example this fall, as in many prior, Avery Dennison will march with thousands of their fellow Angelenos as part of Homewalk, a march to raise money to end homelessness.