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June 18, 2013

Union Pacific routes money back into community

CLINTON — Five Clinton-area non-profit organizations were awarded grants from the Union Pacific Foundation on Monday.

Big Brother Big Sisters, the Friends of the Clinton Public Library, Mercy Medical Center, the River City Municipal Band and the United Way are among 34 organizations in the state of Iowa to receive these grants.

Union Pacific Director of Public Affairs for Iowa and Nebraska, Kelli O’Brien, said the company likes to give back to communities that support the railway.

“We want to support the community because that is where our workers are,” O’Brien said.

Out of 23 states the Union Pacific Foundation supports, Iowa has received $250,000 in grant funds this year. Out of that $250,000, Clinton received $43,000 collectively Monday.

The magnitude of the grants awarded to Iowa is based on the essential part the state plays for the Union Pacific Railroad.

Out of the 37 cities in Iowa, Clinton received the highest number of grant approvals but it was unknown if the $43,000 was the most money awarded.

Mercy Medical Center Public Relations Specialist Julie Dunn expressed her gratitude to Union Pacific and everything it does to benefit the health of the community.

“We are very grateful to Union Pacific for this grant. The financial gift allows us to continue to improve the healthcare services that we are able to offer to our community and to our region,” Dunn said.

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