Grainger Contributes $5000 to United Way Project

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — W.W. Grainger recently contributed $5,000 to United Way of the River Cities’ Big Cover Up youth project.

High school groups can apply for Big Cover Up funds to help purchase warm winter clothing, such as coats, hats, gloves, shoes and socks for elementary- or middle-school children.

“We are proud to recommend the programs offered by United Way of the River Cities,” said Randy Taylor W.W. Grainger branch manager. “We understand the need for the Big Cover Up project in the local community and were glad to help.”

United Way of the River Cities is grateful for the support.

“We are very fortunate that W.W. Grainger contributed to the Big Cover Up,” said Laura Gilliam, United Way executive director. “Their generous gift will allow more students to have warm coats and other winter clothing. It will also teach youth leading the project about helping others and giving back to the community.”

W.W. Grainger Branch Manager Randy Taylor presents United Way Executive Director Laura Gilliam and United Way Director of Resource Development Will Holland with a $5,000 contribution to the 2013-2014 Big Cover Up youth project.

W.W. Grainger’s contribution will match $5,000 contributed by an anonymous donor. Student groups must match United Way funds through fundraising efforts and/or discounts or seek in-kind contributions. Each group must have a faculty sponsor. The project, however, must be youth-led.

More than 350 students participated in the 2012 Big Cover Up project, helping more than 180 elementary and middle school-aged children. This is the 14th year that United Way of the River Cities has provided this funding.

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