On October 14, Intel, a high-tech company announced to 690 of its employees located at the DuPont, Wash. site that it plans to sell the property and relocate approximately 350 employees. Intel was the first major employer to grow roots in DuPont, and United Way is sad to hear they will be shrinking their presence in that area.
The Intel giving committee kicked off their workplace giving campaign in the midst of breaking news for the company, and has since been hard at work to ensure this year's donations remain strong. This month, Intel plans to host fundraisers such as a chili cook-off, a "Giving is Sweet" bake-off, Seattle Thunderbirds visit, raffle, online auction, and mini-golf tournament.
Kathi Gutierrez, Intel giving committee chair and United Way board member says Intel remains committed to their Washington sites in Redmond, Seattle and DuPont. "Our commitment to the communities which we live and work is a cornerstone of the Intel values," said Gutierrez. "We hope to maintain a strong Community Giving Campaign and volunteer network with the remaining 300 plus employees who will remain in the DuPont area."
Intel is United Way of Thurston County's largest workplace campaign. Last year, Intel toppled the campaign chart raising $232k between employee donations and corporate match. Aside from being major donors to United Way, they also engage with the community by rolling up their sleeves and volunteering. During this year's Day of Caring event, Intel employees donated their time to help paint inside YWCA's The Other Bank.
United Way of Thurston County Development Director, Tanya Mote says Intel is a great community partner. "We're sorry to hear the news about Intel and the many employees who will be affected by the upcoming changes," said Mote. "We are incredibly grateful to Intel employees for their continued support, and volunteer efforts with United Way."