“JBS USA is proud to support the community where we’re headquartered in a tangible way through this partnership,” said Andre Nogueira, JBS USA CEO. “The United Way of Weld County provides essential services to people who need them and improves the lives of numerous individuals and families in our area.”
JBS USA corporate headquarters in Greeley, Colo., raised $276,374 for UWWC, which included $58,361.68 at the annual golf tournament and $40,000 toward being a Cornerstone Partner, which includes a portion of their corporate donation covering 100 percent of administrative and fundraising costs for the resources under UWWC’s management. It was the most money raised by JBS USA since 2015.
“It’s exciting to live in a community where the corporate partners recognize the importance of supporting things like early childhood education,” UWWC board member Angel Flores said. “This is a huge win for the community.”
JBS employees donated $100,000 for 10 full-time Colorado Reading Corps tutors for the 2019-20 school year in Greeley-Evans School District 6. The funds from the JBS employee campaign enabled UWWC to partner with Youth for a Change, AmeriCorps and Greeley-Evans School District 6 to implement the program that helps build literacy skills and increase reading proficiency.
“This partnership with District 6, United Way and JBS has been remarkable and we are very grateful,” said Deirdre Pilch, superintendent of Greeley-Evans School District 6 and a board member for UWWC. “This is a tremendous asset to all of the projects we do with United Way, but District 6 has been a significant beneficiary of this with our Reading Corps program.”
First-year results of the program indicated that 62 percent of the children in kindergarten through third grade were performing above target reading growth. Pilgrim’s, another division of JBS, completed 13 quiet books and 144 bookmarks for Colorado Reading Corps. Other events and activities included barbecues, ice cream socials, a chicken wing eating contest, plant sales and participation in the campaign kickoff bowling event, sponsored by JBS Greeley Beef.
Pictured from left, are, Christi Smith (UWWC vice president of resource development), Angel Flores (UWWC board member), Deirdre Pilch (UWWC board member), Andre Nogueira (JBS USA CEO), Jeannine Truswell (UWWC president and CEO), Chris Gaddis (JBS USA head of human resources) and Nikki Richardson (JBS USA director of communications).