ECM’s tradition of giving grows stronger

This newspaper’s parent company, ECM Publishers, Inc., is dedicated not only to publishing news about your community, but to giving thousands of dollars to make your community better.

The company’s Community Affairs Council and its nine local area councils comprised of ECM associates, have during the past 20 years given to community organizations and scholars a grand total of $1,565,440. Of that amount, the ECM Board of Directors has allocated $1,423,500, while local area councils have raised $141,940.

The late Elmer L. Andersen founded the company based on four basic tenants: service to our customers, employees, shareholders and communities. The company through the leadership of Publisher Julian Andersen, continues to fund the CAC and to encourage local councils to raise funds and to distribute them to worthy organizations.

Over 20 years, councils in your communities awarded $409,694 for children and family assistance, $210,437 to food shelves, $193,630 to community services, $174,773 to Youth Services, $105,212 to the physically and mentally challenged and $85,569 to help senior citizens. In addition, local councils organize food drives. Last year the associates of ECM Publishers, Inc. collected a total of 61,600 pounds of food, led by the Caledonia Area Council with 27,073 pounds of food.

The area council in your community also conducts fund raisers with employees ranging from pop can recycling to silent auctions. They give those funds to such causes as youth homeless programs, adopted families and holiday projects.

That’s not all. The CAC coordinates granting five $3000 scholarships annually to college bound students of employees. So far, the company has funded $180,500 in scholarships.

Elmer Andersen reminded us many times, “The real reward comes to each who has been involved with the knowledge that they have made a difference in the lives of others.” ECM is grateful to the employees who lead this remarkable service.

Not all community newspapers give back over a million dollars to the communities in which they publish.   We thought you should know that over the past 20 years the company that publishes your newspaper not only informs you but enriches your community and your lives.

— An editorial from the ECM Publishers Editorial Board. The Forest Lake Times is part of ECM Publishers, Inc.