Aim Kicks off United Way Workplace Campaign

Posted on 11/2/2020
Pictured is Aim employee Emily Papamarkos, raffle winner of a free vacation day and a gift card.

For more than 20 years, Aim Transportation Solutions has been partnering with the United Way of Youngstown and the Mahoning Valley to enrich the communities of Youngstown, OH—home of Aim’s headquarters—and surrounding areas through donations, support, education, relief and positive change.

Each year, the non-profit runs its workplace campaign, calling upon local businesses and their employees to “rise united” and “rise up to the challenge” by making contributions through either one-time donations or ongoing payroll deductions, and Aim is always eager to rise to this challenge.

Last week, Eleanor Arnold, Aim Director of Talent Management and chairperson of Aim’s United Way efforts, invited employees to a virtual kick-off call with United Way of Youngstown and the Mahoning Valley President Bob Hannon. He went over how vital the organization’s involvement is in providing relief to area families and the overall betterment of the community. He also underscored how one individual’s small part plays a huge role in everything they do throughout the year.

“We’re so fortunate to work for a company like Aim, which has remained strong in the face of the pandemic, continuing to add jobs to the Mahoning Valley and across the nation when many businesses have sadly been forced to shutter their doors,” said Arnold. “That puts us in a position to be able to do some real good for people, to support a community in need, and change lives for the better.”

To sweeten the pot, Arnold raffled off an extra vacation day along with a gift card to a local steakhouse, which was provided by Aim Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer Terry DiMascio. Employees could earn two entries: one by attending the call with Mr. Hannon and a second by becoming a first-time donor or by current donors increasing their contributions. Emily Papamarkos, from Aim’s corporate billing department, was the week's lucky winner.

With a goal to double the number of employees pledging (or to get those already donating to increase theirs) two more raffles are on the books. For this week, the week of Oct. 19, Aim Co-Presidents Geoff Fleming and Scott Fleming have donated another free vacation day. Next week a free day off along with a gift basket will be raffled and will be drawn Friday, Oct. 30. All Aim employees who have become donors or increased their gifts are eligible.

During the call, Hannon further emphasized the importance of these monetary contributions, speaking proudly of the United Way’s ability to quickly respond to the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, which struck already struggling families the hardest. Crediting those who contributed, the United Way was able to provide $80,000 in grocery store gift cards to 2,000 families in need; deliver food to the doors of 2,800 people; distribute $140,000 in emergency funds; continue crucial after-school programs virtually; and much, much more.

Aim employees who want to do their part can follow this link to quickly and easily set up an ongoing payroll deduction, or they can fill out this form to set up their payroll deduction or a one-time gift. Those who choose the latter option should submit their completed forms to Arnold.

Congratulations to Aim Talent Associate Maria Pollock (left) and Aim HR Generalist, Stephanie Hahn, week two and three's United Way raffle winners!

Updated 11/2/2020:

Thanks to the generous contributions of our employees, we beat our goal of $14,999.53 by 127%, totaling $19,109.94! Thank you to all of our donors! Your pledges will go far in the betterment of the community and helping those in need.

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