Fiat Chrysler Canada employees and retirees announced a pledge of $1,176,931.16 to the Windsor-Essex County United Way today, representing the largest ever individual pledge toward the regional charity. The donation, which is up $115,000 from the company’s pledge last year, continues a tradition of FCA Canada donating more than $1 million to the Windsor-Essex United Way.
“Our FCA Canada employees never waiver from their commitment to give back to the Windsor/Essex Community through the United Way,” Reid Bigland, chairman and CEO of FCA Canada said in a statement. “We realize the community is counting on our leadership, and I’m glad we can continue to deliver such good news, year after year.”
“We would like to thank FCA for taking bold action against poverty in our community by ensuring that each and every employee has the opportunity to support United Way,” added United Way Windsor-Essex CEO Lorraine Goddard.
FCA says 45.5 percent of employees at its Canadian headquarters in downtown Windsor contributed towards the pledge with an average donation of $338. Additionally, there were 62 employees that gave at the ‘Bronze Level’ which (contributing between $1,200 and $2,499), and five at the ‘Silver Level’ (between $2,500 and $4,999)
Roughly 1 in five people in Windsor-Essex County live in poverty, as do 1 in 4 children and more than 42 percent of single mothers. Funds raised will help those in need in the region, ensuring they access to fresh food, emergency assistance, after-school programs and counselling.