In January 2018, Salem Electric selected Salem’s Union Gospel Mission (UGM) as their adopted non-profit for 2018.
Throughout the year Salem Electric employees held internal fundraisers to benefit the mission. Fundraisers included a pickle ball tournament, silent auction, 50/50 raffle, coin collection competitions, and monthly payroll deductions. Employees also had the opportunity to serve lunch at the Men’s Mission and Simonka Place, volunteer at UGM’s Walk for Hope, and collect hats, gloves, and socks. “When we first became involved with UGM we didn’t know what to expect. We’ve learned to smile rather than look away and are amazed at the programs and services the UGM is providing,” says Salem Electric’s Member Services Manager, Britni Davidson. “I encourage each of you to get involved in the quest to eliminate homelessness.” At UGM’s January staff meeting, Salem Electric presented UGM with a check totaling $13,010.14. Donated funds were a combination of monies raised by employees and a corporate donation.
PHOTO: Salem Electric general manager Tony Schacher presents the Union Gospel Mission with a check totaling $13,010.14.