Despite the ongoing challenges of the pandemic, the employees of Norwich Public Utilities (NPU) completed another successful fundraising campaign for the United Way of Southeastern Connecticut, raising $20,319. When combined with NPU’s corporate contribution, a total of $25,319 will be contributed to the United Way in 2022.

This amount includes individual employee contributions, through one-time gifts or regular payroll deductions throughout the year, and a corporate benefactor contribution from NPU. More than 33% of NPU employees participated in the 20222 United Way campaign.

“Despite the immeasurable impact of the pandemic, the men and women of NPU continue to show their personal support for the community we serve,” said Chris LaRose, General Manager of NPU. “In addition to our financial support, our employees lend their time and efforts through a range of volunteer activities every year with the United Way, which remains a pillar in our community.”

Over the past five years, NPU and its employees have contributed more than $175,000 to the United Way of Southeast Connecticut.

In 2022, NPU hopes to add to their overall contribution to the United Way with small, individual fundraising activities held in the workplace (breakfasts, lunches, holiday events) once employees return to their normal work locations as conditions improve in the region.

Organizations that have been designated for support by NPU employees include United Community & Family Services (UCFS), the ARC of New London County, the Martin House, and Madonna Place.

NPU is also a site coordinator for the United Way’s monthly Gemma Moran Mobile Food Pantry, partnering with UCFS and the Norwich Public School System.