A joint fundraising campaign between Vale and the United Steelworkers Local 6500 (USW) launched in September has netted $556,128 for the United Way Sudbury and Nipissing Districts.
The figure was announced Tuesday at a luncheon held at the Steelworkers Union Hall.
"This donation will go a long way in supporting many important programs that support those in need in our community," said Stuart Harshaw, vice-president of Vale's Ontario operations.
Vale employees and USW members made individual donations to the campaign through payroll deductions or lump sum payments. Vale then matched 50 cents for ever dollar received.
"It never ceases to amaze me ever year, USW members dig deep in their pockets to help those in need," said Rick Bertrand, president of USW Local 6500. "Their kindness, compassion and commitment is truly remarkable."
This joint Vale/USW fundraising effort is the largest contributor to the United Way Sudbury and Nippising Districts' community campaign. Since 1982, approximately $17.5 million has been raised.
"Greater Sudbury and beyond is a stronger, safer and more inclusive community due to the partnership between Vale and USW," said Michael Cullen, executive director of the United Way.
The campaign will benefit local community organizations including the Elizabeth Fry Society, Meals on Wheels, the Centre de santé communautaire du Grand Sudbury, and YMCA Sudbury.