Microsoft has been a generous and loyal supporter of United Way of Monmouth County for the past few years. From participating in clothing drives to disaster preparedness and disaster relief efforts, Microsoft has remained committed to help where it’s needed most.

With all the choices in giving, what drew Microsoft retail stores to engage with United Way?
Microsoft partners with United Way chapters across the country due to their large investment in education and STEM-focused programming, which is one of our priorities. We’re also drawn to United Way because they help children and families in need on a very local level. For example, we partnered with United Way on its Warmest Wishes campaign with an event hosted here at our Freehold location, collecting new winter clothing for children in need. It was a great way to give, and our employees were very eager to support it.Microsoft LIVES UNITED

In what other ways do you partner with United Way?
Here in Freehold, Microsoft has made an ongoing commitment in which teams of volunteers work with United Way to repair homes damaged by Superstorm Sandy so that families can move back in. We are now in our second year of these efforts, and we will continue to help where we are needed most. This issue is near and dear to our hearts, and United Way is our conduit in continuing to rebuild our community.

Over the past few years, Microsoft has increased its employee and corporate partnership nonprofit support significantly, especially since opening in the Freehold Raceway Mall.  What do you feel attributed to this increase in support of United Way?
Partnering with community organizations to support their missions is an important aspect of each Microsoft Store’s commitment to its local community – particularly organizations focused on developing science, mathematics and technology programs for children.  Microsoft employees also actively volunteer for nonprofits, especially when an important need is identified. United Way consistently leads the charge to support the community, and Microsoft is happy to stand behind those efforts.

What would you say to others who are considering supporting United Way?
United Way has proven time and again to be a great partner in helping us achieve our goals of creating lasting and meaningful partnerships with nonprofits and helping people in local communities to reach their full potential through access to technology. You can also count on United Way to take an active role in responding to immediate needs.
Supporting United Way allows our volunteers to get involved with issues that are both very local and near and dear to our hearts.

What does it mean to you to “Live United?”
To Live United means to stand united with your community to create a sum greater than its parts. By working with United Way on projects like our rebuilding efforts and the Warmest Wishes drive, we are serving the community where we work and live. In doing so, we can all make a direct impact and help each other build lives of greater opportunity and promise.