L.L.Bean received the United Way’s inaugural “United We Thrive Community Give Award” for contributing more than $1.7 million.

United Way said in a press release that the outdoor retailer’s actions “demonstrate excellence, creativity, and generosity.”

Freeport-based L.L.Bean, which has more than 5,000 employees in Maine, was the largest donor to United Way in Maine.

The corporation, which is family owned, donated more than $600,000, while employee contributions totaled another $1.1 million.