Vestas Blades in Windsor donated $12,550 to United Way of Weld County (UWWC) by raffling off a pair of 2009 Toyota Prius company cars. Through its corporate and employee giving, as well as donating through special events, Vestas has donated $31,590 to UWWC’s annual campaign this year in assisting Weld County residents in Early Childhood, Youth Development, Household Stability and Older Adults/Healthy Aging.

Vestas employees paid $10 apiece for tickets or six for $50. Nicholas Bielewitz, who purchased $500 worth of tickets, was one of the winners along with fellow employee Robert Erbelding.
Jespersen said instead of just getting rid of the two cars, they decided to raffle them off to the employees and donate the ticket sales to UWWC. He said the response from his employees was way more than expected. “Since we have a good cooperation with United Way, we’d give them the money,” Jespersen said. “It was fun and it gives our employees something extra instead of just coming in and building blades.”

Bielewitz, a nine-year employee at Vestas who works in shells and production, said the incentive to help UWWC along with the possibility of winning a car made it special.
“Not only was the car up for raffle, but we were helping a cause that has made a huge difference,” said Bielewitz, who had been shopping for a car following a traffic accident a few months ago. “It worked out perfectly.” Shevela said it was a fun experience for the employees. “I couldn’t believe the participation that we got from our employees,” she said. “It was just incredible to see, especially the people who gave us money for this and didn’t want any raffle tickets. They just wanted to contribute some money. It was great to see that from our employees. When the management team was discussing what should we do, it was unanimous that we’d definitely do a raffle and give the money to United Way.”

Photo From left, are Hans Jespersen (Vestas vice president/general manager), Vestas employee Nicholas Bielewitz (car winner), Judy Green (UWWC board member), Lynn Shevela (Vestas executive administrative assistant, Eva Keaton (UWWC director of resource development) and Wesley Patch (Vestas senior production of shells).