At a recent BASF jambalaya cookoff and United Way fundraiser event, employees presented a $320,000 check to Capital Area United Way– the total dollars pledged from employees and BASF during the 2016-17 United Way campaign at sites in Geismar and Zachary.

The donation represents a $56,000 increase from the year’s previous campaign, including $35,000 dedicated to programs supporting local communities with flood relief and rebuilding efforts.

“Our employees, families and neighbors who were significantly impacted by the unprecedented flooding last August inspired co-workers at BASF to increase their pledges and encouraged some to become new United Way donors,” said Tom Yura, BASF’s Senior Vice President and General Manager at Geismar. “We are part of this community and we’re committed to its rebuilding and recovery.”

Following the August flood, BASF provided the funds and volunteers to rebuild a local veteran’s home in partnership with Capital Area United Way and Greater Baton Rouge Habitat for Humanity. BASF also donated $10,000 worth of gift cards to local veterans, active military and first responders through the Louisiana National Guard to support rebuilding efforts in honor of Veteran’s Day.

“BASF is a pillar of support to the work of Capital Area United Way,” said George Bell, Capital Area United Way President, and CEO. “Together, we make strides to empower everyone in our community to achieve their full potential.”