First Merchants Bank of Muncie has a rich history in supporting United Way of Delaware County’s campaign efforts. For several decades, associates from the bank have held leadership roles as volunteers and Loaned Executives for UWDC. The company has regularly participated in corporate giving and has contributed six Campaign Chairs to United Way’s fundraising efforts through the years.
“As we all know, there are incredible nonprofit organizations doing critical work in Delaware County,” said Scott McKee, Region President for First Merchants Bank and past UWDC campaign chair. “These organizations are helping those who might otherwise be left behind or forgotten. It is our responsibility to help support their missions through United Way of Delaware County’s 2017 campaign.”
First Merchants’ leadership believes that any time the company can join other Delaware County companies in supporting a meaningful community cause—it’s a win for the community overall. As a result, First Merchants’ associates generate passion and enthusiasm among one another to spark employee giving as a Pacesetter organization.
Nicole Weaver, Executive Administrative Assistant for First Merchants, fully supports the value the bank places on giving back to the community.
“United Way touches many lives throughout our community by providing a funding source to nonprofits and allowing partner agencies to help those in need in our community,” said Weaver. “As a bank that maintains deep roots in our community, First Merchants is able to support our neighbors through the United Way campaign. Together, we can make a difference.”
Several First Merchants associates have been personally affected by United Way’s support in the past. Chris Alexander, Banking Center Manger, recalls an experience within his own family.
“My family has been directly impacted by United Way,” explained Alexander. “My mother-in-law battled cancer for 13 years. During her battle, she was provided with services from Little Red Door. This agency provided her with a wig and various head coverings to be utilized during periods of hair loss from her aggressive treatments. I’ve been giving to United Way for several years, with previous employers and with First Merchants. I’ve done it because I believe it is the right thing to do.”
There are a number of ways for Delaware County residents to get involved with United Way’s 2017 campaign. McKee believes in each person’s duty to participate.
“Giving is a fundamental responsibility for all people and organizations,” said McKee. “Each of us has varying levels of resources, and we are called to be good stewards. Providing support for those unable to support themselves through giving is critical to the health of our community and those who live within it. We simply can’t survive without one another.”
Are you seeking a philanthropic mission for your organization to support in Delaware County? Learn more about building your team’s morale, work ethic, and community involvement through a UWDC workplace campaign at InvitedToLiveUnited.org/workplace-campaign.