Caterpillar Teams Go Big and Give Back

August 7, 2017

Every day at Caterpillar, our employees are making a difference and leading us onto the road to success by preparing the next generation of leaders and supporting worthy causes. This month we want to highlight individuals who are making a difference and leading by example. Read these stories below about the great work Team Caterpillar is doing day in and day out.

Caterpillar Yellow Goes Purple!

Hundreds of members of Caterpillar’s Finance Services Division, Group CFO organizations and Corporate Auditing came together to raise money for cancer research and patient services. It's estimated that 3 out of 4 families will see a family member affected by cancer. While the numbers are staggering, the effort of each and every one of us do make a difference in the fight against cancer.

For the fourth year in a row, the groups teamed together in this fight by naming the American Cancer Society as one of their official charities for 2017 and raised over $11,500 in just three short months!

The volunteer committee put together “Feeling Purple” fundraising events for employees. A wrap-up event with a dunk tank and ice cream social raised over $1,500! Many of the FSD/CFO/CACD leaders volunteered to be dunked for a good cause. Our CEO Jim Umpleby and Group President Denise Johnson came out to join in the fun!

Jim said, “I’m glad I had the opportunity to support FSD’s efforts to raise money to fight cancer. As is the case for many Caterpillar employees, my family has been impacted by this disease. Steve Weiland and Kim Doe were very good sports. I’m glad I was able to dunk Kim on my first throw since she was about to soak me with the water gun!”

Raising money for charity has never been so fun! A huge thank you to all those who donated and participated in the fundraising events.

CEO Jim Umpleby takes a shot at the dunk tank during Finance Services Division’s event to raise money for the American Cancer Society.

Amy Moore-McKee Chosen as Sid Olsen Engineering Executive of the Year

Our very own director of the Mining Design Center, Aimee Moore-McKee, was chosen as the winner of the 2017 Sid Olsen Engineering Executive of the Year Award! The Sid Olsen Award recognizes an outstanding engineering executive in the off-highway industry. Amy has been with Caterpillar for 29 years, and in her current role leads more than 200 design engineers in the development of Caterpillar’s wide range of mining products. Congratulations, Amy!

Amy Moore-McKee, director of the Mining Design Center

Cat Financial’s CAAN Supports Local High School

Cat Financial's Nashville Caterpillar African American Network (CAAN) Employee Resource Group has been supporting a mentoring program with Pearl-Cohn High School for over ten years. The positive influence Nashville’s CAAN employees have been able to provide to students attending Pearl-Cohn High School was recently recognized at a national level.

Members of Cat Financial's Nashville Caterpillar African American Network (CAAN)

Geneva Team Uses Culinary Skills to Feed People in Need

Anyone like to plan, prep and cook on a regular basis? How about for a meal to feed over 160 people? Recently Geneva employees volunteered through a local charity to feed a large group of people in need. They made all the preparations including planning the menu, shopping for ingredients, cooking, serving the meal and even cleaning up! No easy task, but it was a humbling experience.

Geneva employees volunteer to prepare food for people in need.

BCP Supports Inclusive Playground in Clayton, North Carolina

Our Building Construction Products team is always searching for ways to support the communities they live and work in. BCP Vice President Ken Hoefling recently announced that Caterpillar will help sponsor the Harmony Playground in Clayton, North Carolina. The playground will be help children of all abilities connect and have fun.

Building Construction Products Vice President Ken Hoefling speaks at even announcing Harmony Playground in Clayton, North Carolina.

Employees in Luenen, Germany, Donate Playground Sand for Kindergarten

Any ideas as to what you would do with prize money at your facility for being accident-free? Our team members in Luenen, Germany, decided to donate their prize of 340 euros to help update a local kindergarten's playground. Many members of the Global Parts Support department helped deliver the sand to the school.

Caterpillar employees in Luenen, Germany, deliver donated playground sand to local school.

Happy Anniversary

Hats off to our teammates in Lafayette, Indiana, who are celebrating 35 years of operations, and to our team members in Nuevo Laredo, Mexico, who are celebrating 10 years.

Future Executives Report to Work

"I've always wanted to see where my mom works," said seven-year-old Kenley Graham. As Kenley's mom and long-time Caterpillar employee, Amanda, battles against cancer, Amanda’s co-workers set out to make Kenley’s dream come true.

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Beyond the Numbers: CFO Brad Halverson Meets Engineer Kevin Jarboe

With 17 years at the company, Caterpillar is not only Kevin’s career – it’s his passion, his hobby and a great escape from the challenges of everyday life.

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