At Lilly, we recently completed our 2013 United Way fund-raising campaign. This fund-raiser is an annual opportunity for Lilly employees and retirees across the U.S. and Puerto Rico to support the communities in which we operate.
We’re very proud of our 2013 result. For the third year in a row, we set a record, raising $12.6 million! This amount exceeds our 2013 goal, and it’s the most we’ve ever collected for United Way. Our Chairman, President, and CEO, John Lechleiter, Ph.D., presented a check to United Way at a special ceremony today.
It’s a privilege to give to our communities and see them thrive, and there’s no better partner to help us do that than United Way. United Way provides a simple and efficient way to help build our communities by empowering children, individuals, and families to succeed.
Lilly employees also provide support by advocating on behalf of United Way agencies and volunteering hands-on service. Many offer time through the Lilly Global Day of Service, the Lilly/United Way Day of Caring, and year-round Lilly Hands and Hearts volunteer opportunities. In 2013, we volunteered more than 171,000 hours--all supporting United Way agencies in our communities.
Our 2013 campaign slogan was “Lead Boldly. Live United.” And that’s just what we saw. Employees and retirees stepped up to help out, and their generosity and selfless spirit will change lives by enabling United Way to meet its mission of helping families learn more, earn more, and lead safe and healthy lives.