Geico and its employees once again have been named United Way of Central Georgia’s top contributor.
Geico’s Macon office pledged $838,429 for the 2009 United Way campaign — an increase of $70,000, or 9 percent, more than last year’s total, according to a news release.
“The money they raised will go a long way in helping strengthen our local communities and help people in need in these still challenging economic times,” Jim Manley, 2009 campaign chairman and president/CEO of SunTrust Bank, Middle Georgia, said in the release.
Geico employees raised $688,429, which was $54,000 more than they raised in 2008. The company’s corporate gift also increased — from $134,000 in 2008 to $150,000 for this year’s campaign.
The reason the company and its employees were able to beat last year’s contribution — even during a recession — was “very simple,” said Shawn Burklin, southeastern regional vice president for Geico.
“Geico associates in Macon are just extraordinarily generous,” Burklin said. “I’ve worked in many Geico offices, and the folks here are just unmatched in their generosity and their concern. It’s not hard to convince a Macon associate for Geico that they should consider contributing to their local United Way. It’s very easy.”
Next week, United Way expects to announce total contributions for this year’s campaign.
Geico, as part of Berkshire Hathaway, is the third-largest private passenger auto insurer in the United States.
United Way of Central Georgia serves 14 counties in Middle Georgia and impacts more than 100,000 local people annually, the release states. The annual campaign supports 78 programs of 37 local partner agencies.
It also funds a free, confidential information and referral line serving Middle Georgia residents, which is available 24 hours a day every day.
To contact writer Linda S. Morris, call 744-4223.