Giving Back is the Way We Move Forward.
The true measure of an organization is often reflected in the relationship the company has with the community. Phil Wettengel, Vice President of Relationship Management and Development at the United Way of Central Massachusetts, says that Imperial Distributors’ relationship with UWCM dates back to Frank Sleeper’s day. “We believe Frank got involved with United Way months after he opened the business.” More than 75 years later, that relationship remains strong. In 2003 Imperial initiated a special golf tournament to benefit the United Way of Central Massachusetts. Since that time, this annual event has been an important part of the overall campaign which has generated over $1.3 million to support numerous services in Central Massachusetts.
Herb Daitch, Imperial President and Michael Sleeper, Imperial CEO, present a check to Phil Wettengel of United Way of Central Massachusetts.
United Way of Central Massachusetts: A Bond from the Beginning.
Imperial team members participate in an annual giving campaign and volunteer through United Way programs like the Annual Day of Caring. This is a day in which volunteers help not-for-profit organizations tackle projects that require extra manpower. Imperial also donates goods to programs that provide supplies for families in need.
In recognition of such extraordinary participation, the United Way has honored Imperial twice with the Stoddard Award in 2012, the highest honor bestowed on an organization for outstanding leadership, and the Spirit Award for 2014, the first ever recognition for the company that best demonstrates the “spirit” of giving.
Imperial is proud to support the American Red Cross, UMass Medical Center, Reliant Medical Foundation, and the 15-40 Connection, an emerging organization committed to raising awareness about the life-saving advantage of early cancer detection.
Imperial was one of the 2013 inaugural winners of the Growing & Readying Our Workforce (GROW) awards. These awards, created through the Job 1 Youth Employment Coalition, recognize local employers and their efforts to provide job opportunities for young people. An initiative of the Central Massachusetts Workforce Investment Board (CMWIB) and administered by the Worcester Community Action Council (WCAC), the Coalition focuses on helping young people find work.