Atlas Van Lines Supports United Way as Pacesetter Company

Moving company plans many fund-raising activities for campaign kick-off


August 22, 2011

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EVANSVILLE, Ind. — Atlas Van Lines, a corporate citizen of Evansville for over 50 years, believes in giving back to the community that it calls home. For the second consecutive year, Atlas is participating as a Pacesetter company in the annual United Way campaign. Atlas has planned many activities and opportunities for employees to raise money for the many agencies that United Way supports.

Atlas is one of 10 Evansville-area companies that have the Pacesetter designation. According to Carol Braden-Clarke, president of United Way of Southwestern Indiana, a handful of companies work with United Way to start employee campaigns early, finish early and be the first to report results to the community. Pacesetter companies are asked to set a challenging employee goal and make a strong corporate commitment.

As a part of its fund-raising efforts, Atlas encourages employees to participate while having fun, building camaraderie, and working as a team. Atlas has a United Way committee made up of employees from various departments. The committee developed several fund-raising ideas for the month of August, all leading up to the United Way's "Day of Caring" on Sept. 9. Some of the activities include:

  • Selling root beer floats to employees on a special day
  • Holding an auction with gift baskets prepared by various departments
  • Offering employees the option to wear shorts to work for a week
  • Holding special meetings to hear about the specific goals and work of United Way agencies
  • Encouraging employees to participate on a team for Day of Caring
  • Holding a special "Game Day" (Aug. 24), encouraging employees to pay to participate in corn hole, Wii, a cakewalk, etc.

"United Way has been, and continues to be, our largest philanthropic focus," said Glen Dunkerson, Atlas CEO. "We are striving for 100 percent participation from our employees in this year's campaign. Throughout the year, our employees embrace many United Way initiatives with their time, energy and resources. I'm very proud of our people and their willingness to help others in our community."

Atlas was the recipient of the 2011 Spirit of United Way award, the organization's highest honor, presented earlier this year at the United Way of Southwestern Indiana's annual meeting.

Dunkerson serves on the current United Way of Southwestern Indiana campaign cabinet. Marian Weilert Sauvey, general counsel, senior vice president & secretary of Atlas, is on the United Way of Southwestern Indiana's Board of Directors.

Atlas Van Lines, a national moving company, is the largest subsidiary of Atlas World Group, an Evansville, Ind.-based company. Atlas World Group companies employ nearly 700 people throughout North America. Nearly 500 Atlas interstate moving agents in the United States and Canada specialize in corporate relocation, household moving services and in the specialized transportation of high-value items such as electronics, fine art, store fixtures and furniture. Visit www.atlasvanlines.com for more information on the company and Atlas agents.

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