United Way...does your employer "encourage" you to give?

  1. Our county's annual United Way drive is coming up. My employer really "encourages" us to give our "fair share." Now, I don't really have a big problem with most of what United Way does, but I prefer to give my money to other causes and to my church. My manager comes around every year with our little pledge cards and gives the little speech about it being a good cause and all, and how much will you give? Well, number one it isn't anyone's business what charities I do or do not give to, and number 2, much less how much I give. I guess the real thing that gripes my butt about this whole thing is that my employer will match every dollar given by employees. My thought is, if they can afford to do that is why can't the nurses and CNA's have a raise? Anyone else in this situation?
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  2. 41 Comments

  3. by   nurs4kids
    "encourage"??

    ahem...how about expect, push and look at one as if they are the lowest creature on earth if they refuse..
  4. by   deespoohbear
    I was trying to put in nicely, but you definitely sized it up correctly. I will not back down though. Glad to hear that my employer isn't the only one who tries to shove the throats of employees.
  5. by   OBNURSEHEATHER
    Sounds more like it nurs4kids. I like how they give us the same speech every year about how we have to fill that card out - even if we don't contribute. Yah right!

    One time someone was asking me at work aout how much I charge for cakes, different sizes, etc. My boss came down hard on me for solicitaion

    I just can't wait until the day she "solicits" me for a United Way contribution

    Heather
  6. by   Mattigan
    VERY STRONGLY ENCOURAGE !!!! They actualy stand there while you fill out the card and try to evil eye you while you fill it out.
  7. by   Stargazer
    If by "encourage" you mean "coerce", then yes, they do.
  8. by   Zee_RN
    I throw that card right in the garbage. Yes, I *know* I'm supposed to fill it out whether I'm contributing or not but you know what...bite me. I throw it out every year.

    Years and years ago I worked for one of the then "Big Eight" accounting firms. United Way donation was required but of course not phrased that way. If you did not donate, you got a letter from the Managing Partner (the big Kahona) telling you how **disappointed** he was in you and how he was going to make a **personal** donation in your name because he wanted 100% participation from the organization. So I committed to a small donation to be deducted from each pay. Quit that job in June....and out of my last paycheck they deducted the ENTIRE REST OF THE YEAR'S projected donation. Left me with very little to live on until I got paid on the new job. I was furious!!! United Way has had its last red cent out of me. And that was in 1985!
  9. by   OBNURSEHEATHER
    You know what Zee? You're not the first person I've heard that exact same story from. Scary!

    Heather
  10. by   SmilingBluEyes
    we get hit on both ends; my dh is AF and it's pushed there, big time, and of course it is done to us at work too. Lots of worthy organizations, tho...but if you don't feel you want to give $$$, time is just as valuable.
  11. by   CATHYW
    Weelll, ladies, this is what I do:
    I live in one county and work in another 3 counties away. I always donate to the United Way- $5/wk, and specify (where you can write it in) how you want your donation used. I always specify that the money be used in my home county. Plus, $260 deduction is good on the tax forms!
  12. by   JJFROG
    Same here. The lady stood there while I marked a big check in the box, "I do not wish to participate" . They want every staff member to donate 1 hour of pay per pay period! In return they will add 1 (8hour) vacation day to our measly 2 weeks. I will keep my pay thanks!
  13. by   deespoohbear
    Does anyone know how the United Way ended up being the charity of choice by businesses and such? My Dad used to work for Bristol-Myers Squibb and he said they pratically forced them to donate. Why the big push for United Way? I am not necessarily knocking United Way, but how come they get to be the big reciepent of corporate America? It would be interesting to find out how that came about.

    Zee-I know nothing could be done about it now, but was that legal to deduct the rest of the donation from your check? Did you check with any legal eagles to find out. I would be ticked off too!!
  14. by   Rustyhammer
    I don't donate ANY money to United Way!
    I instead choose my charities with care and donate to the ones I feel good about.
    The point that employers try to force you to donate even turns me off more.
    I wonder how much of that money lines the pockets of the United Way execs.
    -Russell

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