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Cardinal Health employees volunteer with 'United Way'

Along with Annette Rud of the United Way St. Croix Valley, front left, are, left to right, Paul Debow, Charlene Weeks, Linda Walker, Julie Richardson, Heath Ehrnreiter and Julie Thibodeau; back, John Kaufman, Sandra Schoenherr, Martha Peiper, Janet Larson, Chad Burt and Craig Scott. Not pictured are volunteers Sue Bale, Katie Bulera, Angie Larson, Katie Inouye, Shawn Meyers, Mike Nickell and Leigh Livermore. Submitted photo

Cardinal Health has made helping United Way St. Croix Valley and its initiatives a priority for several years with both contributions of employee time and resources.

Cardinal employees have logged many volunteer hours to the Food Resource Center that have been instrumental in getting the center up and running, according to Linda Lia of the United Way. The company first learned about the local United Way initiative during its annual giving campaign and began looking for ways to assist in the center's development.

"We searched for opportunities to help and we came upon the volunteer grant that the company sponsors," Operations Supervisor Chad Burt said. "We had about 12 employees volunteer 75 hours of loading and unloading food over the course of four months. With that, the employees were able to secure a grant that would go to the FRC."

Cardinal gives its employees the opportunity to support a nonprofit via its volunteer grant program. Through Cardinal's GivingStation Web site, employees are able to obtain a grant for the nonprofit of their choice by volunteering more than 75 hours in groups of three employees or more.

In addition to the volunteer work, Cardinal has also donated to the United Way each year during the nonprofit's campaign season. Burt says employees' interest in the United Way has grown with each year the company has participated.

"Every year we attempt to reach a new goal in overall participation, and every year we come up with creative new ways to do it," he said. "Our employees have become more committed to this event every year and as a result, we get more employees engaged in their work and the community."

Burt says Cardinal's partnership with the United Way has also strengthened the employees' relationships and ability to work together as a team.

"It is a great way to show team work and collaboration with our teammates or even other organizations. Being that we are all from the same community or have some sort of impact on the community, we each need to play a role in its success."

For more information about United Way St. Croix Valley, visit or call (715) 377-0203.