United Way Receives $147,000 in Donations From The Sallie Mae Fund and Local Sallie Mae Employees
Wilkes-Barre, Pa., April 6, 2012 — Sallie Mae employees at the Wilkes-Barre center and The Sallie Mae Fund, a charitable organization sponsored by the nation's No. 1 financial services company specializing in education, were recognized for record donations of $147,000 to the United Way of Wyoming Valley.
"United Way is very thankful to Sallie Mae and its employees for their generosity. Sallie Mae's presence in Northeastern PA for the past 25 years has significantly impacted the community and the lives of thousands. United Way is privileged to be one of their partners," said Bill Jones, president and CEO, United Way of Wyoming Valley.
The Sallie Mae Fund and United Way share a history of philanthropic partnerships in the Wyoming Valley area. The Fund provided a grant of $20,000 which will be utilized by United Way to assist the Jump Start program at Luzerne County Head Start, Sexual Assault Prevention programming through the Victims Resource Center, and prevention programs at Wyoming Valley Alcohol and Drug Services. Last year, The Fund provided a $10,000 for the United Way Flood Relief Fund.
Employees at Sallie Mae's Wilkes-Barre servicing center also raised more than $60,000 in a fundraising campaign for United Way this past fall. "Sallie Mae has long recognized the value of the United Way of Wyoming Valley's focus on education, income and health which makes our communities a better place to live," said Troy Standish, senior vice president at Sallie Mae. "The majority of our Wilkes-Barre employees participates in the annual fundraising campaign and increased their donations by 37 percent from 2010. We have a great group of employees who care about others both on and off the job."
Additionally, Sallie Mae employees coordinate the United Way's largest special event, Gravestone Manor, a theatrical haunted house, which set an attendance and profit record this year, with admissions totaling more than $47,000. Sallie Mae also placed second in United Way's annual food drive contributing more than 22,000 pounds and $10,000 worth of food.
Sallie Mae is celebrating its 25th anniversary in Wilkes-Barre this April. As one of the largest employers in Northeastern Pennsylvania, employee contribution programs have raised more than $2.5 million for Pennsylvania charities.