G&K Services, Inc. (NASDAQ: GK) announced today that its employees across four locations in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul pledged just over $125,000 for the 2012 “Power of We” United Way Workplace campaign. The G&K Services Foundation offered to match employees’ pledges dollar for dollar, making G&K’s total contribution more than $250,000 this year. The company’s employees exceeded their goal to increase pledges by 10 percent over 2011’s level.
"Our employees have been generous supporters of United Way throughout the years,” said Jeffrey L. Wright, G&K’s Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. “This year, the ‘Power of We’ campaign struck a chord with our employees and their continued support made achieving our goal a reality."
“The team at G&K really went the extra mile for the community this year,” said Andy Goldman-Gray, Senior Vice President of Workplace Fundraising for Greater Twin Cities United Way. “Their generous 110% effort shows G&K’s commitment to the Twin Cities."
Over the past five years, G&K employees in the Twin Cities have pledged over $610,000 to support United Way. Together with contributions from the G&K Services Foundation matching program, the company has contributed $1.1 million to Greater Twin Cities United Way over the same time period. The G&K Services Foundation's mission is to “Build Communities That Work,” supporting education and job training in the communities where the company does business and where its employees live and work. The Foundation will designate its funds to two of United Way’s impact areas, Education and Basic Needs. For more information on G&K’s community involvement, please visit the company’s web site at http://www.gkservices.com/about/foundation.html.About G&K Services, Inc. G&K Services, Inc. is a service-focused market leader of branded uniform and facility services programs in the United States, and is the largest such provider in Canada. Headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota, G&K Services has nearly 7,800 employees serving approximately 165,000 customers from 160 facilities in North America. G&K Services is a publicly held company traded over the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the symbol GK and is a component of the Standard & Poor’s SmallCap 600 Index. For more information on G&K Services, visit the company’s web site at www.gkservices.com.