LINDE EMPLOYEES MAKING A DIFFERENCE

EMPLOYEES REVVED UP TO DONATE AND HELP UNITED WAY OF GREATER UNION COUNTY
 
Rallying their employees across the nation to get involved, this year Linde North America held a United Way Carnival and lunchtime raffles to promote their 2014 United Way Campaign

Stan Borowiec, Vice President, Product Management for Linde North America, addressed the gathering with some inspiring words, referencing Elizabeth, Linden and Hillside as areas, where there is real need for their help.

Linde North America employees, over the years, have delivered big time – last year raising over $480,000 to support various charitable organizations. Indeed, Linde North America takes its role seriously when it comes to mobilizing employee volunteers and emphasizing the message that they can make a difference in the lives of others. This was the point that Debbie-Ann Anderson, Executive VP and Chief Operating Officer for United Way of Greater Union County made when she told a parable story to the employees about an entire village coming to the rescue of infants being thrown in the water by a angry ogre.

“For our community, United Way needs to gather a contingency of villagers to go upstream and stop the ogre from throwing babies in the water.  Otherwise, we’ll be pulling babies out of the water forever,” said Debbie-Ann, whose reference of the ogre can be substituted for the social ills of society that leave so many families vulnerable.  She continued, “We can’t change the lives of the community and save the babies unless we go upstream to redirect the ogre . . . By doing so, we create a lasting change in community conditions that causes the nightmare to begin.

Certainly, this is a change that happens over time and not all at once. The Linde Cares Committee is devoted to increasing more awareness around the needs of the community to its employees.  Linde North America has been a longtime supporter of United Way.  The Linde Cares’ volunteer program encourages employees to learn about United Way of Greater Union County’s initiatives and its impact on community partners.  The Linde Cares’ Committee incorporates these facts and findings into the culture of the company, as a way of replicating such values as being community change agents.

About Linde North America
Linde North America is a member of The Linde Group, a world-leading gases and engineering company with around 63,000 employees in more than 100 countries worldwide. In the 2012 financial year, Linde generated revenue of EUR 15.280 bn (USD 19.9 bn). The strategy of the Group is geared towards long-term profitable growth and focuses on the expansion of its international business with forward-looking products and services. Linde acts responsibly towards its shareholders, business partners, employees, society and the environment – in every one of its business areas, regions and locations across the globe. The company is committed to technologies and products that unite the goals of customer value and sustainable development.
For more information, see The Linde Group online at www.linde.com

About United Way of Greater Union County
The mission of United Way of Greater Union County is to ensure the health and human services needs of the community are identified and addressed in ways that create a better quality of life for the residents of Union County, North Plainfield and South Plainfield.  UWGUC is dedicated to family strengthening—ensuring that everyone in Greater Union County has the necessary opportunities, relationships and networks to support the success of their family.  Family strengthening is built on three pillars: education, income and health:
•    Education is the foundation of a good life, setting an individual on a path of personal fulfillment and economic security. 
•    Adequate income to pay for today’s necessities and save for the future provides a family with financial stability and independence. 
•    Good health improves a child’s opportunity to learn, increases an adult’s productivity at work and enhances quality of life for the elderly. 

UWGUC partners with non-profits and government agencies throughout the county to help deliver the human services our community needs.  For more information on United Way of Greater Union County, please visit www.uwguc.org.