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CCS and Otis Employees in Jupiter Pledge More than $67K for Annual United Way Campaign

Employees from UTC Climate Controls & Security, Otis, and Pratt & Whitney participated in a volleyball tournament where all proceeds benefited the United Way.
To kickoff the United Way events, employees from CCS, Otis and Pratt & Whitney volunteered to scoop ice scream for employees at the annual United Way event fair. Picture from left: Megan Flanagan, CLP associate, UTC, and Shayna Pitman, account specialist, strategic solution center, Otis.
CCS employees from the SAP team participated in a golf tournament for the United Way. Picture from left: Keith Harwood, project manager, Renee Brewer, manager, IT, John Bortolussi, group manager, IT planning team and Brandon Rodgers, variant configuration lead, SAP.
CCS, Otis and Pratt & Whitney employees volunteered their time on a Saturday morning to pack 50,000 meals for residents of Martin county at the Martin Country Fairgrounds in Stuart, Florida.

UTC Climate, Controls & Security (CCS) and Otis Elevator employees in the Jupiter, Fla., office joined forces with Pratt & Whitney, and Aerojet Rocketdyne employees to contribute their collective time and money toward this year’s United Way campaign.

“Through office fundraising events and financial contributions, CCS and Otis together donated more than $67,000 for United Way,” said Brenda Levine, vice president, Human Resources, CCS Americas, who served as the 2015 executive champion for the Jupiter office. “This was a tremendous outcome for our CCS and Otis teams, who demonstrated their commitment to the community and helped make a positive impact for more than 200,000 Palm Beach County residents.”

Jason Caulfield, controller, Otis Americas, teamed up with Renee Brewer, manager, IT, CCS to lead the CCS and Otis fundraising events as United Way co-chairs.

“Our people volunteered their time, participated in fundraising events and pledged towards the campaign,” said Caulfield. “It was great to see employees getting involved and giving back to this notable organization. I also enjoyed seeing individuals meet other work colleagues that they normally wouldn’t interact with and develop new friendships and bonds.”

Caulfield and Brewer, with the assistance of the Employee Engagement Team, organized approximately 12 events from September through November for employees to attend.

To kick off the United Way campaign, employees participated in an ice cream social at the annual United Way Fair on Sept. 9, which also featured multiple non-profit organizations.

“I chose to volunteer with United Way because they have done a great job in connecting and helping the local communities,” said Shayna Pitman, account specialist, strategic accounts solution center, Otis Americas. “The Employee Engagement Team enjoys interacting with the United Way because we both want to make a difference. This was my first time volunteering with United Way and I look forward to future events.”

In addition to the ice cream social, the office hosted a potluck luncheon where employees brought in game day dishes while ESPN kicked off the football season in September. Other athletic events were incorporated into this year’s United Way campaign including a golf tournament, volleyball tournament and bowl-a-thon event, with all proceeds benefiting United Way.

On Sept. 19, 23 CCS, Otis, and Pratt & Whitney employees partnered for a United Way Day of Caring event at the Martin County Fairgrounds that packed 50,000 meals for residents of Martin County, Fla.

“It’s all about helping others,” said Tonyia Purdy, manager, Human Resources, CCS.

Melissa Bledsoe, commercial paralegal, Otis Americas, was eager for the chance to get involved when she heard about the Day of Caring event.

“There are so many families in need out there and I wanted to do my part to help them,” said Bledsoe. “My favorite part of the event was being able to take my son with me and show him what it means to help others.”

To learn more about how the United Way supports local communities, please visit their website.