Team Name: WD Employees
Team Members: Rose Krupp, Milissa Bedell & Joe Viglione
Nominating Organization: Orange County United Way
Honoree Category: Corporate
Why Nominated: In addition to their awe-inspiring financial contributions to the community (WD raised over $1,000,000 through this year’s United Way Campaign effort in Orange County. The first company to reach this incredible milestone in more than a decade due to the tireless efforts of Joe Vigilione, this year’s Executive Employee Campaign Chair as well as that of Rose Krupp & Milissa Bedell of the WD Foundation), Western Digital’s volunteer group, Team WD, supports the LIVE UNITED movement through ongoing volunteerism. In 2011, Team WD volunteers participated in the National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) Food Drive, sorting donations at an Irvine post office for food insecure families. Additionally, Western Digital stepped up to the plate to overcome poverty at Orange County United Way’s WALK UNITED 2012, taking home the honor of Rookie of the Year award for first-time corporate participants. Western Digital employees also sit on grant making committees and decide which organizations most deserve their support.
Team WD is also active in other activities year-round: sorting food donations for hungry families, stuffing socks with critical items like a tooth brush and comb for homeless individuals seeking shelter from the cold at the winter armory, collecting prom dresses for low-income girls, and helping plant a school garden in San Juan Capistrano. A group of employees also initiated a popular Adopt-A-Soldier program to send care packages to military personnel overseas. Employees fill the boxes, and the WD Foundation covers the cost of postage. Often these packages include Western Digital hard drives for troops to use as digital storage for movies and family photos.
We couldn’t agree more with Rose Krupp, director of the WD Foundation who said, “It’s human nature. People want to help. There’s a lot to be said for people power.” Team WD is very deserving of special recognition for their steadfast commitment to the Orange County Community and we at Orange County United Way are incredibly proud to partner with such an exemplary corporate leader in philanthropy and volunteerism.
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