ICBC and employees unite to raise $1 million

ICBC's 2010 United Way campaign its' most generous ever

VANCOUVER, Dec. 17 /CNW/ - For the first time, ICBC and its employees raised an outstanding $1,011,503 for United Way and other registered charities, making the 2010 campaign its' most generous ever.

"Every day our employees demonstrate caring for our customers and this campaign shows how deeply they care for their communities," said Jon Schubert, ICBC's president and CEO. "It's truly remarkable to see their level of enthusiasm and generosity."

The annual campaign for United Way is ICBC's most significant philanthropic effort. This year, employees donated more than $800,000 and ICBC gifted $200,000 through the corporation's new matching funds program for United Way to support initiatives for school-aged children (ages 6 to 12) and seniors.

This year's new matching funds program has allowed ICBC employees to invest in programs important to them as parents and children of aging parents, and given the corporation an opportunity to support future and past customers in communities across the province. Thanks to the program, more than $500,000 will be invested to help improve the quality of life for both kids and seniors in the coming year.

"On behalf of the United Way and our communities, we thank everyone at ICBC for reaching this phenomenal record and for consistently being one of our top workplace campaigns," said Michael McKnight, president and CEO of United Way of the Lower Mainland. "ICBC and its employees are true leaders and continue to do so much to help those in need."

United Way addresses root causes of key social issues, provides sustainable solutions, and generates community impact in the longer term.

ICBC is a long-time supporter of United Way and its vision to create a healthy, caring and inclusive community for all. Their annual campaign has raised more than $4.5 million since 2005 alone.

ICBC's campaign is jointly held with its Union, COPE 378. "Our members are very proud to take part in this campaign each year," said Canadian Office and Professional Employees Union, local 378 president Andy Ross. "The result of this year's campaign is a wonderful achievement - it allows our members to give back to the communities where they live and work."

At ICBC, we're committed to our 3.2 million customers and their safety on the road. We license and insure drivers and vehicles across the province through our service centres, plus a network of more than 900 independent brokers and government agent offices. Claims customers are served through local offices and our award-winning Dial-a-Claim call centre. We add value to B.C. communities - our road safety investments help create safer roads, lead to fewer crashes, and help keep our rates stable. To find out more, visit icbc.com.

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