Williams Pledges $1.6 Million to Tulsa Area United Way

Williams today pledged approximately $1.6 million to the Tulsa Area United Way during a celebration event at the company’s headquarters downtown.
This year’s pledge represents a 45 percent increase over Williams’ 2005 results when the company pledged approximately $1.1 million.
Williams CEO Steve Malcolm presented the check to Kathleen Coan, Tulsa Area United Way CEO, on behalf of the company’s 1,100 Tulsa employees.
“We’re here to help,” says Malcolm. “Community involvement is one of Williams’ core values and beliefs. And I’m so proud of our people. They’re always willing to step up whenever there’s an opportunity to show generosity.”
The Williams donation is driven by approximately $670,000 in pledges from employees, retirees and board members. Employees also raised about $130,000 through fundraisers at work such as food sales, special events, a silent auction and a golf tournament. These amounts are essentially doubled by an additional contribution that comes from the Williams Foundation’s resources.
On Sept. 8, more than 400 Williams’ employees also participated in the annual Day of Caring at United Way agencies like Domestic Violence Intervention Services, Tulsa Urban League, the Bridges Foundation, the Day Center for the Homeless, the Francis Willard Ministry Center, Westside YMCA, the Mental Health Association, Family and Children’s Services, and the Center for Individuals with Physical Challenges.
Employees also performed projects that day at Remington Elementary and Roosevelt Elementary, which are two of Williams’ adopt-a-schools.
“We understand the importance of what the United Way does,” said Tim Thuston, who led Williams’ local campaign. “Our employees have visited the agencies, volunteered their time, and seen first-hand where their dollar goes. I think that makes all the difference in the world.”

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