KENNEWICK, Wash. - Employees at Washington Closure Hanford are taking it upon themselves to help people in our region.
Wednesday morning, they presented a check for nearly $210,000 to the United Way of Benton and Franklin Counties. 270 employees at Washington Closure Hanford contributed to the fundraising, co-chaired by WCH employees, Eric Kinnunen and Jennifer Copeland, and coordinated by Marisela Ortiz.
United Way directors say it's donations like these that allow them to continue helping the community.
"It means a great deal because we know that many of their employees are in remote parts of the community," Beverly Weber, the President and CEO of The United Way of Benton and Franklin Counties, "and they all come together around the common cause of supporting the United Way. It's very exciting to see that."
The local United Way chapter supports more than 30 nonprofit organizations in Benton and Franklin counties with programs about education, health, safety, and self sufficiency.