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JBS employees raise $183,986 for United Way of Nobles County

Fundraising efforts topped last year's total of $156,302 raised by JBS employees.

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JBS employees and United Way of Nobles County Board members gathered at the local JBS plant on Thursday to unveil the pledges made by company employees towards the United Way fund — a whopping $183,986 in contributions.
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WORTHINGTON — JBS employees and United Way of Nobles County Board members gathered at JBS Thursday afternoon to unveil the pledges made by company employees toward the United Way fund — a whopping $183,986 in contributions.

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“The JBS family in Worthington has always been a major contributor to the United Way of Nobles County,” said Juan Villegas, a United Way board member and JBS Human Resources employee. “We are proud of the impact that JBS has had and its team members have made in our community.”

A privately funded charity organization, United Way of Nobles County partners with local organizations to help communities tackle challenges, especially in the areas of education, economic mobility and health resources.

This year, fundraising efforts will support 22 agencies United Way partners with locally, including the Worthington Area YMCA, Southwest Crisis Center, Buffalo Ridge Young Marines and the Youth Baseball Association.

“There’s a lot of different people that you guys will touch,” said the United Way of Nobles County Board President Toni Brouillet to JBS employees. “To hear some of you talk about 20 years of service with United Way, it just goes to show how much you care.”

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JBS United Way board members announed Thursday that $183,986 had been raised during this year's fundraising efforts.
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United Way of Nobles County had set its 2022 fundraising goal at $195,000, and several board members remarked on how amazing it was to see JBS help raise nearly 95% of those funds. The company’s approximately 25 solicitors and long-standing involvement with United Way have helped it be successful in fundraising efforts, noted Human Resources Director Elizabeth Briones. Plus, the incentives employees get for pledging, like vacation days, are hugely popular. This year over 65% of JBS employees made a contribution to United Way.

“Our employees have always been at the forefront of raising funds,” added Villegas. “Every one of our solicitors deserves a thank you, and to the employees that they reached out to in getting us these funds for our community. They should all be very proud.”

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