Hormel plant employees raise $135,671 for United Way

Published 10:17 am Friday, January 27, 2017

The employees at the Hormel Foods Corp. plant in Austin on Thursday again showed their support for their community by presenting a check for $135,671 to the United Way of Mower County.

On hand to celebrate were members of the plant’s Helping Hands committee, who helped to oversee the collection. The funds were raised through a culmination of “bake sales, gift sales and through employee payroll deductions,” said committee member Kim Baier.

Campaign coordinator Steven Salinas thanked his fellow employees.

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“The results of the campaign truly speak about the caring, compassionate employees we have and the culture of the Austin plant,” he said.

Plant manager Clint Walters agreed.

“I am very proud of these people who, year after year, find the funds, find the generosity, to give to their community,” he said.

The money raised will contribute to the United Way of Mower County’s projected need of $1.2 million. Donations stay in Mower County through programs that meet the needs of residents.

“The employees at the Hormel plant have been very active and consistent supporters of our programming,” said Diane Baker, executive director of the United Way of Mower County. “Their contributions have had and will continue to have, a profound impact on our community. We are very appreciative of everyone who helps us do the work that we do.”

United Way of Mower County focuses programming in four areas fundamental to a well-balanced life: education, income, health and basic needs. Those programs are intended to bring people together, promote positive lifestyle choices and strengthen the community, with an emphasis on improving conditions for underserved populations.