Employees of Resolute Forest Products Calhoun Operations awarded $53,000 in donations to several area charitable organizations on Tuesday. Most of the donations were made possible by employees …
Employees of Resolute Forest Products Calhoun Operations awarded $53,000 in donations to several area charitable organizations on Tuesday.
Most of the donations were made possible by employees at the plant reaching corporate milestones, such as achieving hundreds of thousands of “safe man hours,” and receiving money to give away.
“We want to thank you guys for what you do for your organizations and what you do for your community,” plant General Manager Scott Palmer told representatives of the organizations receiving donations.
A $2,000 donation was given to Women at the Well, an organization based in Athens which helps women with “life-controlling” issues like drug addiction. This donation was made possible by the plant’s PM4 paper machine crews earning Resolute’s Customer Satisfaction Achievement Award.
Company representatives gave five organizations donations of $3,000 each: Coordinated Charities in Athens and Hope 4 One Ministries, The Caring Place, One Day at a Time at Serenity Place and Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church, all in Cleveland. These donations came after Resolute employees earned Board of Directors Safety Awards.
Two donations of $18,000 each were given to Children’s Hospital at Erlanger in Chattanooga and East Tennessee Children’s Hospital in Knoxville. Resolute employees raised money specifically to support this area’s children’s hospitals during their annual Log-A-Load for Kids golf tournament.
The award presentations took place during a luncheon at the plant Tuesday, and representatives of each organization expressed their thankfulness for the donations.
Representatives of the four donation recipients based in Cleveland described how they work to help the community with everything from childhood hunger to drug addiction.
“We’re very, very happy to get to hear these stories. It makes it worth it what we do up here,” Palmer said.
Wesley Memorial United Methodist plans to use its donation for its Sack Pack program. This program helps local schoolchildren who may not have access to food at home. Partnering with Cleveland City Schools, volunteers prepare bags of food for children to take them home for the weekend each Friday.
The Caring Place offers assistance with food and clothing, social work services and more. It also operates a Sac Pac program which provides weekend food to children served by Bradley County Schools and a program called “Getting Ahead,” which helps people learn strategies to overcome poverty.
Hope 4 One Ministries assists families who are fostering or adopting children. It operates a “foster closet” where foster parents can choose free clothing and other items for children placed with them. It also hosts social events for foster and adoptive families and grants to assist with adoption expenses.
One Day at a Time at Serenity Place, located on Broad Street in downtown Cleveland, offers addiction recovery support groups. It provides a consistent meeting place for 12-step programs and hosts meetings multiple times per week. It plans to use the funds to fix a broken air conditioning system.
Representatives of Athens-based organizations Coordinated Charities and Women at the Well and the area children’s hospitals also shared how their work is making a difference.
All the organizations which received the donations were nominated by Resolute employees and decided upon by a committee at the plant.
“This is one of the more enjoyable parts of my job and what we do here,” Palmer said.
This is not the first time Resolute’s Calhoun facility has hosted an event of this kind; the last was in December. To date, employees there have awarded more than $200,000 to area charities.
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