Living Our Principles
Community Members “Celebrate with Gratitude”
In 2011, Hormel Foods employees throughout the country were involved in numerous United Way efforts, which support the company’s promise to encourage individual and company participation and leadership in company affairs. The following is just one example of their generosity and leadership.
Employees of the Fremont (NE) Plant, along with other community members, celebrated the success of their local United Way efforts. Fremont Area United Way donors generously pledged more than $580,000 to top the $575,000 goal. Donnie Temperley, plant manager, played a special role in the 2011 Fremont Area United Way campaign — he and his wife, Mardi, chaired the 2011 campaign and helped drive the spirit of teamwork that succeeded in surpassing the campaign goal.
Beloit Plant Supports Mentor Program
The Beloit (WI) Plant provided financial support to the local mentor program Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) as part its commitment to community improvement in Rock, Walworth and Jefferson Counties in 2011. The BBBS program matches adult role models (Bigs) with children who may be at risk and helps them to realize their potential and build their futures.
Andrew Cheers, plant controller for the Beloit Plant, has been an active BBBS board member and currently serves as the program’s Rock County action team chairman. He coordinates volunteer recruitment efforts, goal setting and fundraising. Recent events include the Bowl for Kids’ Sake and the seventh annual Hog Hula Memorial Day fundraiser.
Cheers’ team is focused on increasing involvement in schools and encouraging them to provide more funding for the matching process. Currently, there are more children than mentors available and matching is expensive because it requires thorough screening and interviews to facilitate mentor/child matches that are likely to succeed.