Strong support for United Way

New records were set by the Kingsport Mill and city-wide during the 2013 United Way annual fund-raising campaign. Roger Smith, K1 Paper Machine Manager, was the overall Campaign Chair for the city-wide campaign and David Hobbs, K1 Maintenance Coordinator, served as Campaign Coordinator at the mill.

The 2013 United Way goal was $3,875,000, an increase of $125,000 over the 2012 objective. By the time the campaign results celebration was held on November 22, 2013, the total amount raised had exceeded the goal by $1,518.18. With subsequent pledges and in-kind donations, an additional $216,409 was raised, bringing the final total to $4,128,340!

“It was a very challenging but rewarding campaign,” said Roger. “We weren’t sure whether or not we would exceed the goal in time for the November announcement but things turned out well in the end.’’ Roger has served on the Campaign Cabinet for six of the eight years he has been at the Kingsport Mill and continues his service as a member of the Board of Directors.

At the mill level, David Hobbs showed his leadership by turning in the highest pledge total the mill has ever achieved. David attributed this success to the generosity of mill employees. “It is humbling to work with such caring and giving people,” said David.

United Way supports a number of local organizations such as Meals on Wheels, the Boys and Girls Club and Salvation Army. By supporting United Way, Domtar gives back to the community as a whole, helping many people with different needs. Employees not only generously give money, but also volunteer their time with the United We Read campaign, helping 2nd graders with reading, and with Meals on Wheels, delivering food to the elderly.