EVANSVILLE, Ind. — The scent of freshly popped popcorn, spicy chili and syrupy cotton candy filled the halls at Atlas Van Lines in November — all in the name of charity. Employees brought a fair atmosphere to the company as part of a weeklong campaign, raising more than $83,000 for United Way of Southwestern Indiana.
More than 300 of Atlas' 400 employees made individual pledges, a 57 percent increase over last year. By pledging funds and participating in activities such as taste-testing and voting in a chili cook-off, a bake sale and a silent auction, employees raised $63,401, for an average of $158 per employee. Atlas Van Lines donated $20,000 for a grand total of $83,401. Over the past three years Atlas has raised more than $245,000 for United Way.
"Supporting the community is important to our employees and our company," said Glen Dunkerson, president and chief operating officer of Atlas Van Lines. "Our employees look forward to our campaign each year. It's an opportunity to contribute directly to the betterment of this community, and have a lot of fun donating money along the way."
Atlas employees have a long history of community involvement and charitable giving. Many employees participate in other charitable events throughout the year, including the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life and Race for the Cure, as well as the Can Do drive in which employees donate canned goods.
Atlas Van Lines is the largest subsidiary of Atlas World Group, an Evansville, Ind.-based company that posted record revenues of $986 million in 2006. Atlas World Group companies employ more than 700 people throughout North America. More than 500 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 www.atlasworldgroup.com for more information on the company and Atlas agents.