BASF employees give to United Way _lowres

Photo provided by Jolen Stein -- BASF employees present Capital Area United Way President and Chief Executive Officer Darrin Goss with a $228,000 check for funds raised during the 2013-2014 United Way campaign. Gathering, from left, are Sarah Causey, director of workplace campaigns, Capital Area United Way; Jolen Stein, community relations manager BASF Louisiana sites; David Vavrek, BASF continuous improvement leader and United Way volunteer; Goss; Jason Gathright, BASF technology engineer and United Way campaign leader; Tom Yura, BASF senior vice president and general manager of the Geismar site.

Capital Area United Way received a $228,000 boost from BASF and employees from the company’s Geismar and Zachary sites during the 2013-2014 campaign.

The BASF donation represents a $50,000 increase over the previous year’s efforts, a news release said.

“Through dollars and volunteering, our company and employees rally behind the efforts to support Capital Area United Way,” said Tom Yura, senior vice president and general manager at the BASF site in Geismar. “We appreciate that United Way serves our local community and the lives we are impacting are those of our families, friends and neighbors.”

The $228,000 check, representing all of the sponsorships, event fundraisers and corporate and employee pledges made by BASF during the 2013-2014 campaign, was presented to Capital Area United Way during a recent jambalaya fundraiser at the Geismar site, an annual company event that raises thousands of dollars each year.

“Capital Area United Way recognizes the efforts of BASF employees for another successful workforce campaign to support United Way,” said Darrin Goss Sr., president and chief executive officer of Capital Area United Way. “BASF continues to stand strong as a partner of Capital Area United Way, and we appreciate employees’ generous giving through donations and volunteering.”

The BASF campaign is an employee-led drive that begins with the site’s jambalaya cook-off in May, includes a chili cook-off in the fall and continues through October with an employee pledge drive.

The 2013 campaign also included a sponsorship of a Sept. 11 anniversary event and was supported by employee volunteers who assembled more than 300 care packages for U.S. troops on active duty overseas. Local first responders also were presented with hand-signed thank-you banners created by volunteers.