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 2016, with 100% of our executive team making a financial contribution. In addition, 100% of the Calgon Carbon Crushers softball team made financial contributions for the second consecutive year. Besides direct donations, we also participate in fundraising events, agency reviews and leadership luncheons and we conduct various raffles and challenges throughout the year to raise funds for United Way. Focused on improving education, financial stability and promoting healthy lives, United Way operates on a multi-national level and provides support to local charitable organizations. Each of our facilities is also encouraged to support their local community initiatives, partnerships and programs. The following examples highlight efforts undertaken by the Company and employees last year:
  • Through the Community Connections program, employees in the United States performed 367 hours of volunteer activities, showing a continued increase in participation since the program's launch in 2014. 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.
  • Calgon Carbon Corporation and students from Sarah Heinz House, a member of Boys & Girls Clubs of America, collaborated to write, film, and produce a corporate video starring the students as employees of Calgon Carbon. The students had the opportunity to work with and learn about Calgon Carbon while teaching others about what Calgon Carbon has to offer.
  • Calgon Carbon continues to engage in activities in support of Junior Achievement (JA) of Western PA, including organizing the annual Super Bowl-A-Thon benefitting JA of Western PA. More than 75 employees participated on 5 teams, each lead by a corporate officer. The event raised over $3,000.
  • The Gila Bend plant continues to participate in Manufacturing Day. 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.
  • Calgon Carbon participated in World Water Day by sponsoring a booth at the Carnegie Science Center, where employee volunteers took time to explain the importance of clean drinking water and demonstrate how carbon cleans water to local school aged children.

group of volunteers

Big Sandy plant employees Kelly Brogan, Brooke Frye and Kristen McKee volunteered to participate in the Young Women LEAD Conference, an all day leadership conference for high school girls. With more than 600 girls present, the focus was on Leadership, Education and Development with the purpose of empowering participants to embrace their strengths and reach their full potential.

 In addition to the specific contributions note above, multiple Calgon Carbon locations support their communities by volunteering for career workshops, collecting and donating to local food banks in the region and also collecting coats, hats, gloves, boots and other gifts during the holiday season to provide for those in need. We continue to 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.

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 2016, we donated more than $200,000 to more than 50 groups, including the following:

  • Allegheny Conference on Community Development
  • American Heart Association
  • Animal Friends
  • Blind & Vision Rehabilitation of Pittsburgh
  • Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh
  • Children's Museum of Pittsburgh
  • Junior Achievement
  • Leadership Pittsburgh
  • March of Dimes
  • Pittsburgh Botanic Garden
  • Sarah Heinz House
  • Special Olympics
  • United Way