Burris Logistics’ partnership with the United Way is a tradition that started in 1988 by then President and Owner, Jack Burris. Jack and his wife Lillian became instrumental in creating the Sussex County United Way. While serving on the Board of Directors, Jack played a critical role in merging the county organization with its northern partner, United Way of Delaware, making it one of only two statewide organizations in the nation.
It was only natural that Jack would find a way to join his devotion to United Way with his true passion, his company, Burris Logistics (then Burris Foods). He understood the importance of businesses and employees giving back to their communities.
In 1988, Jack decided to start the United Way Campaign at Burris. He encouraged Team Members to contribute to the organization by agreeing to match, dollar for dollar, any amount that they raised. Encouraged by the charitable spirit of their leader, Burris Team Members happily pitched in to make the company’s first United Way Campaign a success. Together they raised $10,437.80! As promised, Burris Logistics matched the sum for a total contribution of $20,875.
Over the last two and a half decades, Burris has continued the tradition started by Jack Burris. This year, Burris Logistics raised over $53,000 and with the Burris Corporate Match program, they were able to donate a total $106,000 to the United Way.
And it doesn’t end there! Burris has already kicked off the 2013 United Way Campaign, marking 25 years of partnership! In the words of Burris Team Member, Barbara Smith, “We have such a strong history of generosity in our office. Whether it be raising funds for United Way, donating to a special cause, or volunteering time at a local agency, Burris rises to the occasion!”
There is no doubt that Burris Team Members will continue to make community support a high priority in the coming year…it’s the Burris way!
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