The United Way of Whatcom County recently named GeoEngineers Administrative Coordinator and Marketing Assistant Susan Arrigoni its campaign coordinator of the year. Susan attained a 100 percent participation rate among GeoEngineers’ Bellingham office during this year’s campaign and wrote a heart-felt editorial to The Bellingham Herald about the positive results of participating in the campaign.
“Susan Arrigoni is one of the most energetic campaign coordinators you will ever meet. Always smiling, always willing to attend a United Way event or training, always ready to advocate on our behalf,” said Crystal Stapel, United Way’s loaned executive from BP Cherry Point Refinery, who presented the Campaign Coordinator of the Year Award at the organization’s campaign celebration and awards banquet dinner on March 13.
For the last 25 years, GeoEngineers has participated in various United Way campaigns undertaken in the company’s different offices. The company provides a 30 percent match for all individual staff contributions made to United Way.
“GeoEngineers knows that if we all pitch in together to give, we can make a huge difference,” Susan said in her editorial to The Bellingham Herald. “Supporting United Way’s efforts to build a stronger community doesn’t just feel good, it makes good sense. Healthy businesses and healthy communities go hand in hand.”
Susan’s connection with United Way predates her time at GeoEngineers, having organized campaigns since the mid-80s for her former employer, Georgia-Pacific. “This was a large pulp and paper mill that has since been shut down, and as you may know, the City and Port of Bellingham are striving to clean up and redevelop that entire waterfront area. GeoEngineers has been and is very involved in this process, so it seems full circle for me,” she said. “Fast forward a couple of decades and Georgia-Pacific is no longer here, the Bellingham waterfront looks entirely different, and I look entirely different! But one thing hasn’t changed. Very simply put, United Way is still an amazing organization and helps a whole lot of people, and I’m still very excited to be involved.”