Supporting Our Communities
We participate in fundraising initiatives, community partnerships and programs and volunteer events. Continuing with our ongoing corporate giving focus, Calgon Carbon employees donated to the United Way in 2015, with 100% of our executive team making a financial contribution. In addition, 100% of the Calgon Carbon Crushers softball team made financial contributions as well. Besides direct donations, we also participate in fundraising events, agency reviews, leadership luncheons and we conduct various raffles and challenges throughout the year to raise funds for The United Way. Focused on improving education, financial stability and promoting healthy lives, The United Way operates on a multi-national level and provides support to local charitable organizations. Each of our facilities is also encouraged to support organizations in their local community. The following examples showcase a few of these initiatives, partnerships, programs and efforts undertaken by the company and employees in 2015:
- Through the Community Connections program, employees across five of our locations in the United States performed 144 hours of volunteer activities. The formally developed program is designed to facilitate employee contributions back to society by allowing them to volunteer up to 16 hours of work per calendar year for their chosen charity or other non-profit organization during regular work hours. Initiated in 2014, the program provides employees the time to go above and beyond corporate sponsored community relations activities such as United Way Day of Caring, or Junior Achievement Volunteer days.
- Calgon Carbon continues to engage in activities in support of Junior Achievement (JA) of Western PA, including organizing our first annual Super Bowl-A-Thon benefitting JA of Western PA. More than 100 employees participated on 5 teams, each lead by a corporate officer. The event raised over $4,000 and we plan to repeat the event in 2016. Our employees in Western Pennsylvania also continue to participate in JA career days and teach classroom lessons to help young people learn the skills needed to be successful in a global economy.
- Employees from our Big Sandy plant continue to support the American Cancer Society through various activities. Efforts included participating in the Boyd County Relay for Life, donating wooden pallets and reconstructing them into benches and other items to auction off, and participating in the American Cancer Society Chilifest.
- As a core member of the Suzhou Environmental Volunteer Association, our Suzhou facility did volunteer work with the association and donated activated carbon to the local kindergartens, junior schools and middle schools, for indoor air purification in the new schools. The activity was designed to give children a better and more comfortable environment. The activity also provided an opportunity to educate the community on what the company does, and how to recognize a high quality activated carbon product.
- Three of our Big Sandy plant employees attended the annual Young Women LEAD Conference, a youth leadership conference that included over 700 high school aged young women from 18 schools in 2 states. The all day conference features nationally recognized women who share their own insights on real life issues and how to overcome them to achieve successful and meaningful careers. Attendees also participate in break-out sessions, leadership exercises and group discussions that address career paths, education and outreach.
- The Gila Bend plant again participated in Manufacturing Day in 2015, after a successful first year in 2014. Planned and supported in partnership with the local Chamber of Commerce, the event introduces local high school students to jobs in the manufacturing industry as a way to address the gap between job requirements and the skills of those who are applying for them.
- Big Sandy plant Payroll/Benefits Coordinator, Brooke Frye, visited 2 local high schools in 2015, with the objective of educating teenagers about their paychecks and how to brace themselves for their first payroll tax deduction. Teaching Financial Literacy, Accounting, Advanced Accounting, Management Principles and Money Skills, the effort was part of a nationwide push to improve financial literacy among teenagers. Payroll professionals taught "Paycheck 101" to local high school students across the United States during Money Matters National Education Day.
In addition to the specific contributions noted above, multiple Calgon Carbon locations support March of Dimes through fundraising activities, collect and donate to local food banks in their regions and also collect hats, gloves, coats, toys, and other gifts during the holiday season to provide for those in need in our local communities. We acknowledge each of our divisions and employees enthusiastically supporting the communities in which they live and operate, and are proud of their ongoing contributions to various charitable and community organizations.
Bill Loper, Big Sandy Plant employee, delivers coats, hats, gloves, and toys collected at our Big Sandy plant to Safe Harbor, a local domestic violence shelter that is also a direct contributor of the local United Way.
While our application process for soliciting funds for corporate giving is still under development, we continue to monitor the extent of our community involvement and categorize our contributions into three focuses: Health & Human Services, Education and Community Improvement.
In 2015, we increased our corporate donations both in value and in beneficiaries, donating more than $200,000 to more than 50 groups, including the following:
- American Heart Association
- American Red Cross
- Animal Friends
- Blind & Vision Rehabilitation of Pittsburgh
- Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh
- Children's Museum of Pittsburgh
- ClearWater Conservancy
- Junior Achievement
- Leadership Pittsburgh
- March of Dimes
- Pittsburgh Botanic Garden
- Pittsburgh Cultural Trust
- Pittsburgh Opera
- Sarah Heinz House
- Special Olympics
- United Way