Geico raises more than $1 million for United Way

alopez@macon.comFebruary 19, 2014 

Geico insurance company raised more than $1 million for the United Way of Central Georgia during its 2013 contribution campaign, becoming the first company in Middle Georgia to reach that mark.

Macon-Bibb County Mayor Robert Reichert joined Geico leaders Wednesday afternoon for a thank-you event at the Geico offices in Macon.

“Geico has been the United Way’s top contributor for the 10th year in a row,” said Rhett Rayburn, Geico’s regional vice president.

Reichert read a proclamation announcing Feb. 19 as Geico Appreciation Day. He thanked employees for raising more than $845,330 and the company for adding a contribution of $178,000.

“Compassionate corporate citizens can add immeasurably to a city’s success,” Reichert said.

He also presented a key to the city to Geico’s leadership.

“This accomplishment speaks volumes about the relationship between Geico and Macon,” Rayburn said.

In August the company will celebrate its 40th year in the city.

“Outside of the Air Force base, Geico is the largest employer in the region,” said George McCanless, president and CEO of United Way of Central Georgia.

“They employ over 5,400 people here, so they are an incredible asset not just to Macon-Bibb County but to Central Georgia for the number of people they employ, and as you can see, the impact that they and their employees have on the community,” McCanless said.

Geico leaders presented an oversized check for $1 million to the United Way of Central Georgia.

The United Way of Central Georgia will raise about $4 million this year, so Gei­co’s contribution is roughly a quarter of that, McCanless said. The agency uses the money it raises to fund 31 partner agencies that then serve more than 100,000 people in the community.

“We’re lucky to have them,” McCanless said, referring to the insurance company.

Jessica Brown, who works in human resources, served as one of three Geico employee coordinators for the United Way campaign. The money raised by employees was collected in just three months, she said.

“We had a great team,” Brown said.

Employees had the option of donating by signing up for a payroll deduction and depending on the amount they contributed, the company awarded them a casual day or other perks, Brown said.

“We’re just really proud we met our goal,” she said of the campaign. “It was an awesome experience.”

To contact writer Andres David Lopez, call 744-4382.

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