Former NFL safety Corey Chavous spoke to UPS workers about the importance of giving back through their local United Way chapter. His speech was part of Thursday’s UPS United Way fundraising campaign for United Way of Aiken County.

“Some of the United Way members asked me to come out and talk about what it means to be a part of the community and contribute to it,” said Chavous, who is a former student of Silver Bluff High School. “I’m very supportive of United Way’s efforts and what they have accomplished over the years.”

UPS is supporting United this year through a deduction program that gives money to nonprofit.

UPS management continued its efforts to give back by fulfilling a dedication to its employees. Thursday, following a previous fundraiser, several employees were given opportunities to “pie” their bosses. The event was one of UPS’s many ways to make their charity work enjoyable.

“UPS and United Way both look for ways to generate enthusiasm for our campaign,” Rodgers added.

Last year, that enthusiasm translated into countless opportunities for the local community.

These include the Aiken Area Council on Aging providing 39,645 congregate dining meal, 61,950 delivered meals to seniors, and provided transportation for over 4200 clients, The Lower Savannah Council on Governments Medication Assistance Program providing $760,884 in prescription drugs, Children’s Place providing therapeutic childcare for over 150 at risk preschoolers, and a host of other completed tasks.

Overall, contributions to the local United Way of Aiken totaled over $3 million last year, with a large percentage of those funds stemming from UPS contributions.

“UPS takes United Way very seriously, and we’ve had them go to different United Way agencies to find out what we do for the community,” said Mandy Sims, a United Way Supervisor. “So it’s really just a culmination of those events to show employees how significant their contributions are.”