Inland Empire United Way proudly selects Cargill as October 2012 Company of the Month
Although their local operation is relatively small, Cargill makes a very big difference in our community. This Rancho Cucamonga based corporate partner has shown great enthusiasm in their support for Inland Empire United Way (IEUW) and our community for many years, contributing nearly $45,000 over the past five years.
Founded in 1865, this corporate giant has a long history of community engagement, with an emphasis on areas of Health and Education. Worldwide, Cargill employs over 142,000 people in 65 countries, specializing in the production and marketing of food, agricultural, financial and industrial products and services. In the Inland Empire, Cargill continues to demonstrate a deep commitment to serving their local community. Locally, charitable contributions in the form of corporate grants, sponsorships, and employee donations continue to increase every year despite a challenging local economy. Last year, they raised nearly $14,000 here in the Inland Empire alone. A level of giving usually consistent only with hundreds or even thousands of employees, Cargill has achieved this number with less than 20 local staff members. Leveraging every dollar contributed and encouraging employee involvement, the company matches each employee donation an impressive 3-to-1.
Matt Bradfield, General Manager for Cargill Food Distribution in Rancho Cucamonga stated, "Cargill is committed to investing in, engaging with and respecting the cultures of the communities where we live and work to promote sustainable and responsible economic development, to create growth that improves living standards and promote vibrant, stable communities."
In addition to their annual employee giving campaign, Cargill will also host an employee volunteer opportunity on October 27th, working on IEUW's Make a Difference Day. This year, IEUW's Hands On Inland Empire will be managing the Garey High School revitalization project in Pomona Unified School District and Cargill is supporting this project with volunteer hours as well as a corporate sponsorship of $2,500 directly to the cause.
"We are grateful for the dedication of Cargill and its employees to helping us improve the lives of underprivileged children and their families here in our community," said Gregory Bradbard, IEUW President & CEO. "The Inland Empire needs more generous individuals like those at Cargill to help meet the deep needs facing our region."