Atlas Van Lines employees donate $61,000 to United Way

Corporate contribution brings total donation to more than $81,000

November 9, 2005

Media Contacts:
Kristen Burnett, Atlas Van Lines, 800.638.9797
A.J. Schneider, Hetrick Communications

EVANSVILLE, Ind. — At Atlas Van Lines, it's not typical to see employees wearing jeans, flip-flops and jogging suits. But during Atlas' 10-day United Way campaign in mid-October, employees paid for the privilege of dressing down and helping to raise more than $61,000.

In addition to "Dress Down Day," Atlas employees raised funds by participating in events such as a car wash, silent auction, bake sale, a carnival, and a 5K run and 3K walk.

With 432 employees, Atlas donated an average of $142 per employee and added another $20,000 as a corporate donation to the campaign, for a total United Way contribution of more than $81,000. In the last six years, Atlas Van Lines and its employees have raised more than $406,000 for United Way.

"Raising money for charities such as United Way is especially important this year," said Mike Shaffer, Atlas chairman and CEO. "We're proud of our employees for offering their time and money to assist the great work performed each year by United Way. We've already got our sites set on new goals for next year."

Atlas employees have a long history of community involvement and charitable giving. Today, many employees are involved with various charities throughout the year, from the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life and Race for the Cure annual events to the upcoming Can Do drive - a charity contest in which employees turn canned food into creative works of art. All of the food is then donated to a local food bank.

Atlas Van Lines is the largest subsidiary of Atlas World Group, an Evansville, Ind.-based company that posted record revenues of $860 million in 2004. Atlas World Group companies employ more than 700 people throughout North America. More than 600 Atlas agents in the United States and Canada specialize in corporate employee relocation and in the transportation of high-value items such as electronics, fine art and new fixtures and furniture. Visit for more information on the company and Atlas agents.