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JBS raises over $60,000 for United Way

Kari Lucin/Daily Globe JBS employees raised $60,556 for the United Way of Nobles County this year. Celebrating are David Dorsey (front, from left), Carlos Figueroa, Ruth Van Hunnick, Maria Sorto, Brenda Quijano, Maria Ortiz and Patty Marin; (middle, from left) Alex Rodriguez, Victor Rodriguez, Cindy Bertrand, Antonio Jimenez, Cindy Elsing, Valerie Muecke, past United Way president Joni Harms and United Way vice president Jeff Johnson; and (back, from left) Taunya Swenson and Mike McQuade.

WORTHINGTON -- JBS employees raised $60,556 for the United Way of Nobles County this year, nearly doubling its funds and bringing the group closer to its goal of $140,000.

"Our goal was $55,000, and we crushed it," said Mike McQuade, JBS human resources manager. "It was awesome."

JBS itself offered incentives for employee giving, including the chance to win a birthday as a paid holiday, $50 gas cards and $100 gas cards.

The most skilled fundraisers could win dinner with JBS general manager Bob Krebs.

JBS also chose 40 of its most enthusiastic and vocal employees to solicit donations from their coworkers, explaining to them why donating to United Way is important.

"It's people taking care of people," Krebs said, praising his employees for the wonderful job they did gathering donations for United Way.

JBS does not intend to rest on its laurels, and instead plans to raise its goal to $65,000 next year -- breaking this year's all-time company record of $60,556.

"Thank you to all the employees for making it a record-breaking year," said Jeff Johnson, vice president of United Way of Nobles County. "It's fantastic. I thank the company and the employees -- thank you doesn't seem enough."

The United Way has yet to reach its goal for the year, Johnson noted, and emphasized the community's continued need. In order to reach its goal, United Way will still need to come up with $17,870 before its fiscal year ends.

Nearly all the money raised by the United Way locally stays local, supporting the the YMCA, the Red Cross and local food shelves.