GEICO receives a ‘key to the city’ of Macon for United Way fundraising

By on March 18, 2014 at 11:40 AM

Posted in: Marketing & Communications, Working at GEICO

United Way Macon 2013By Marvel Burgess, guest blogger, community relations

For 10 years, GEICO’s regional office in Macon, Ga., has been United Way of Central Georgia’s top contributor. The organization uses the money it raises to fund 31 partner agencies that serve more than 100,000 people in the community.

But last year, we outdid ourselves, raising more than $1 million for United Way of Central Georgia – we’re the first company ever to reach that mark!

“This accomplishment speaks volumes about the relationship between GEICO and the Macon community,” said Rhett Rayburn, GEICO’s Southeastern regional vice president. “This is an amazing milestone that we have met and I am so proud of all our associates.”

In February, the Macon, Ga., office hosted a celebration with United Way, where Macon-Bibb County Mayor Robert Reichert attended and read a proclamation announcing Feb. 19 as GEICO Appreciation Day. He also presented GEICO with a key to the city.

Scott Markel, regional vice president of GEICO’s Midwest operations, expressed his appreciation and said, “We are grateful and honored to accept a key to the City of Macon. I’m personally proud that our associates are able to give back to a community that has been so important to us for so many wonderful years.”

As Macon’s regional community relations coordinator and a former United Way volunteer, I have toured the organizations that United Way serves and have met many of those who find assistance through their programs. Knowing that there are children right around the corner from us sleeping in a shelter makes you want to help, and the numbers of the needy are so great.