United Way is Good for Business

United Way is Good for Business


United Way board chair Jason Fawcett speaking at the United Way business luncheon.

Jason Fawcett of the Kelson Group did not always have a strong history of giving back to the community.

“After I joined the

[United Way] board almost 5 years ago, I realized how great the need was for moremoney in the community,” said Fawcett. “We had a workplace campaign at the Kelson Group for the first time, the United Way did a presentation and I told my story.”

He said since payroll giving is so easy, there was a pretty good response from staff.

The Kelson Group hired a consultant to complete an employee engagement survey and one of the items of success identified by staff was the United Way programs the company and staff have been involved in.

“United Way has been good for my business and it can be good for yours,” said Fawcett.

Fawcett was first introduced to United Way in 1994 when he started donating $10 per paycheque and realized it was an easy way to give back.

“Over the last few years we have had a number of events to learn more about [community] partners and these have helped the staff at the Kelson Group grow together in their giving,” said Fawcett.

The Kelson group has also participated in five Days of Caring® and it has become one of the highlights of the year for the staff. With a company that includes office managers, administration and building maintenance staff, there is a wide array of skills and knowledge to lend to an organization in need. Fawcett said the events are used for team building and provide the opportunity to learn more about the non-profit groups and where the money goes—leading to better workplace campaigns.

“Being involved with the United Way lets me know that the company I work for is more than just a business, said Mandy Curtis, marketing director with the Kelson Group. “Kelson Group cares about the community and its staff.”

“The biggest impact for me has been the Day of Caring® projects.  I can see the results at the end of the day.  The company culture is enriched by the motivation and memories the day creates.”

“We now have a culture of giving back to our community and we are all proud of each other,” said Fawcett.

The Kelson Group is just one of many companies that have seen how United Way is good for business—iCompass Technologies has an extremely successful workplace campaign with 100% participation.

Courtney Harris, senior support specialist with iCompass Technologies has participated in four Days of Caring® and said that each time she is surprised and “delighted to see what an impact a few hours of our time has on so many people.”

“The Day of Caring not only gives us a chance to give back to the community, but it also gives us a chance as a company to interact and work with each other in a different environment and challenge ourselves to do things we would not do on a daily basis.  I can positively say that everyone that attends our Day of Caring has a great time, and The United Way staff always go above and beyond to ensure that we are taken care of.”

There are currently more than 100 companies of various sizes throughout the Thompson Nicola Cariboo region that have campaigns with a total of 2,651 donors.

For more information on how you or your company can get involved please contact the United Way or visit our website.



2017-01-23T21:57:18+00:00September 30th, 2015|Day of Caring, Kamloops|