Univest Corporation Awards $5,000 to Vets for Vets as Winner of Second Annual Caring for Community Giveaway


Pictured (left to right): Joseph Orlowsky, Vets for Vets; Kim Detwiler, senior vice president and director of corporate communications, Univest Corporation; Jason Leone, founder, Vets for Vets; Amy Tersine, Vets for Vets; Nicholas Degiglio, Vets for Vets. 


SOUDERTON, Pa., January 7, 2014 Univest Corporation today announced Vets for Vets as the winner of the second annual Caring for Community Giveaway, a contest that awards $5,000 to a local, nonprofit organization.  Groups were nominated for the prize through the Univest Facebook page. Of the nearly 10,000 votes submitted for 95 organizations over the course of the contest, Vets for Vets received the most posts on its behalf, earning the group the $5,000 prize.  Vets for Vets mission is to support veterans during their readjustment from military to civilian life by providing transitional housing as well as educational and employment opportunities.


“We are honored and excited to be the winner of Univest’s Caring for Community Giveaway. With the recent renovation of our transitional housing in Pennsburg, the $5,000 could not have come at a better time,” said Jason Leone, staff sergeant in the United States Air Force National Guard and founder of Vets for Vets.  “We are grateful to the community and our Facebook family for rallying around this contest.” 


“We were thrilled with the overwhelming response we received for the Caring For Community Giveaway again this year,” said Kim Detwiler, senior vice president and director corporate communications, Univest Corporation.  “Vets for Vets is a truly deserving organization and we really valued hearing directly from the local community which organizations are in need of support.”


Through its Committed to Local program, Univest’s total support to the community in 2013 was more than $1 million and Univest employees volunteered more than 16,700 hours. If registered 501 (c) (3) organizations are interested in applying for support from Univest's Committed to Local program applications and giving guidelines can be found by going to univest.net/ctl.


For the complete rules for the Caring For Community Giveaway, see below.


About Univest Corporation of PA

Univest Corporation of Pennsylvania (UVSP), including its wholly-owned subsidiary, Univest Bank and Trust Co., Member FDIC, has $2.2 billion in assets and $2.5 billion in assets under management and supervision.  Headquartered in Souderton, Pa. and founded in 1876, the Corporation and its subsidiaries provide a full range of financial solutions for consumers, businesses, municipalities and nonprofit organizations in the Mid-Atlantic Region. Univest delivers these services through a network of 40 offices in southeastern Pennsylvania extending to the Lehigh Valley, Maryland and online at www.univest.net


About Vets for Vets

VFV’s mission is to support returning veterans during their readjustment from military to civilian life. VFV’s goal is to provide safe and positive transitional housing providing a mixture of camaraderie, life skills, as well as educational and employment opportunities.  VFV supports veterans during this challenging transition by helping to identify and recognize their valuable military skill set and assist them in translating those skills into applicable civilian-life skills. For more information, call (484) 938-VETS.


Contest Rules

Univest Corporation’s Caring for Community Giveaway is open to all legal residents of the United States. Participants may post to the Univest Facebook page the organization they support. The winner will be determined by the most posts, and the organization must also meet Univest Corporation’s grant giving standards and contest rules. The winning organization cannot be a previous Univest Corporation Committed to Local contest winner. We request only one organization name per post. The winning organization will be contacted via phone or email. The contest runs from Monday, December 2, 2013 through Monday, December 30, 2013 at 8:00 a.m. In the event a winning organization cannot be reached and/or does not respond by 5:00 p.m. January 6, 2014, they forfeit the grant to the next organization with the most posts. Univest Corporation is not responsible for the organization’s availability or non-response. Univest Corporation reserves the right to modify, suspend or cancel the contest at any time. The Caring for Community Giveaway is in no way sponsored, endorsed, administered by or associated with Facebook. For more on Univest Corporation’s giving guidelines, please visit www.univest.net/CTL.