Norwich Public Utilities (NPU) has completed its most successful employee fundraising campaign ever and will provide $39,114 to the United Way of Southeastern Connecticut in 2020.  Both the total dollars raised and percentage of employee participation (109, or 77%) have exceeded any other level of support by NPU.

“I am very proud but not the least bit surprised with the response from our employees. NPU has enjoyed a great partnership with the United Way for many years and we are very excited to extend this relationship even further,” said Chris LaRose, General Manager of NPU.

Over the past five years, NPU and its employees have contributed more than $175,000 to the United Way. Funds are provided through payroll deductions throughout the year or one-time contributions.

The 2020 campaign includes 9 Spinnaker Level Contributors (of $1,000 or more). 54 NPU employees increased their contributions from the previous year by more than 4%, helping the United Way meet their campaign goal for the year.

Throughout December, NPU hosted several employee events to raise awareness for the United Way – as well as $4,000 – for the campaign. These included an ice cream social, an egg sandwich breakfast, a luncheon cookout and a chili cookoff.

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.