NMHG donates $39,000 to United Way

Pitt County partnership has raised more than $200,000 in three years.

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NACCO Materials Handling Group (NMHG) presented the United Way of Pitt County with a $39,000 check during East Carolina University’s (ECU) final regular-season home football game against Marshall on Nov. 23. As a sponsor of ECU athletics, NMHG made the donation based on the total number of ECU touchdowns during the 2012 season.

“We’re thrilled with another strong season by the Pirates, helping us to make this donation to United Way of Pitt County,” said Brett Schemerhorn, vice president of marketing for NMHG. “We’re excited about the start of the basketball schedule and look forward to baseball to be able to further support and strengthen our community through United Way.”

NMHG representatives Jason Parson and Jonathan Dawley presented the check to Jim Cieslar, executive director for United Way of Pitt County. NMHG is beginning its third year in partnership with ECU athletics to benefit United Way and has donated more than $200,000 through the program to date.

“The NMHG/ECU partnership is an excellent example of community building and help for those in need,” said Cieslar. “This partnership has enabled the United Way of Pitt County to move forward on its community impact goals of decreasing high school drop-out rates, lowering community unemployment rates and providing a safety net of basic needs services. The program does this not only through the funding it has generated, but also through the exposure it has created for United Way at ECU athletic events. We sincerely appreciate all that both NMHG and ECU Athletics does to LIVE UNITED by building and strengthening our community here in Pitt County through United Way.”

Founded more than 50 years ago, United Way of Pitt County is a volunteer-driven, nonprofit organization that seeks to advance the common good by focusing on the keys to a good life – education, income, health and neighbors helping neighbors. United Way of Pitt County is a member of the United Way Worldwide, located in Alexandria, Va. United Way Worldwide is an independent, national organization that serves approximately 1,400 other United Ways across the country.

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