Columbus has a low unemployment rate, Jackson said, but that’s attributed to many people working low-paying service jobs.
“Those aren’t high school students working at McDonald’s,” she said. “Those are adults and you can see that across the spectrum.”
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Social responsibility, philanthropy and service can create a connection between a company, its employees and the community, said David Heppner, senior vice president of Speedway and the vice president of the local United Way board of directors.
In the past, employees donated and the company wrote a check to the organization, he said. Over the past few years, the company has changed its strategy to relate to millennials who want accountability for their donations and to perform volunteer service, he said.
“You have that connection and you have a purpose,” Heppner said. “You basically have a purpose and you’re helping to solve social problems in the community. If you can make that happen, you’re going to attract and retain the best employees.”
Speedway has participated in several United Way events to engage employees, including its annual service day project. Last year more than 500 volunteers donated more than 3,000 hours of service hours to 40 nonprofit organizations in Clark County. This year, the event will be held on April 27.
About $1.1 million has been raised in the three-county area as part of the ongoing 2017 campaign, campaign Chairman Ross McGregor said. The goal is $1.6 million, said McGregor, also senior vice president of Pentaflex.
The United Way is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year. Security National Bank President John Brown will serve as chairman of the 2018 campaign, he said.
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