CIRI Encourages Community Support Through United Way Campaign

Top, CIRI employees compete in paper airplane contest to raise money for the United Way. Photo by Jamey Bradbury.

CIRI is dedicated to promoting the social and economic well-being of its shareholders, and an important part of that mission is contributing to and improving the communities in which those shareholders live. That’s why each year CIRI raises funds for the United Way of Anchorage with a month-long campaign that offers CIRI employees a number of ways to support the organization and its goals.

This year, CIRI employees competed in a paper airplane contest that served as both a fun competition and a fundraiser for United Way. CIRI’s self-proclaimed soup experts also battled it out for the title of best soup chef in the “Risky Bisque-ness” challenge, which also raised money for United Way.

CIRI’s Legal Department prevailed in both challenges. “Our motto is ‘Lead with Legal,’” said Bruce Anders, CIRI’s general counsel. “We love proving that is true every day.”

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Bottom, last year CIRI staff supported the United Way with a fundraising chili cook-off. Photo by Jason Moore.

“All the games and contests serve as a way to raise awareness about the work United Way does in Anchorage, throughout Alaska and across the country,” says CIRI Community Relations Manager Rachel Batres. “Once they learn more about the important programs supported by United Way, hopefully CIRI employees will be moved to volunteer for or pledge whatever amount they can to support those efforts.”

CIRI employees are able to arrange payroll-deducted contributions to United Way, with the company matching 50 percent of each contribution. Over 15 years, employees and the company have invested more than $1.5 million in the Southcentral Alaska community through ongoing support to United Way.