pantry receive funding
Resolute Forest Products presented $10,000 in donations to three area nonprofits Tuesday in a celebration of safety and community.
“When we get 250,000 (safely worked) hour increments we get donations from our home office to give to charitable organizations. We take recommendations from our employees, and we have a running list that we work off of,” said Daryl Dunavant, chairman of the Communication Incentive and Awareness safety committee.
The Cleveland Civitan Club received $4,000, the Habitat for Humanity of Cleveland received $2,000. The Etowah Food Pantry also received $4,000. The Tennessee Valley Authority matched Resolute’s donation to Habitat, bringing the organizations’s total to $4,000.
“I’m really looking forward to helping more and more of the charities,” said Scot Palmer of Resolute said. “The more we give alway is representative of how safe a mill we are.”
Palmer said it provides employees a chance to give to the community and feel good about their accomplishments.
Joe Vaughn of Resolute said employees decided about three years ago to give the money awarded to them for safety hours to the community rather than spending it on something for themselves. Gary Harris of TVA said this says a lot about the type of people who work at Resolute.
TVA has partnered with Resolute in providing partial matches to the Resolute funding.
“We felt this was one of the best things we could do,” Harris said.
The donation from Resolute gives Civitan the last dollars needed for replacement of the inclusive playground near Stuart Elementary School.
“Our mission in awareness is of people with developmental disabilities,” Teresa Davis of the Civitan Club said.
Updating the equipment and bringing it up to new inclusive code requirements has been about a three-year project, according to Civitan member David Cummings.
At the start of the project, club members thought it would be a simple update, but the equipment was in such disrepair replacement was seen as a better investment.
Matt Carlson, executive director of Habitat, said the funding would go toward the organization’s 100th home. So far this year, Habitat has completed eight homes. Many of these homes are located in the Habitat subdivision Century Village.
Habitat provides zero interest mortgages to help those who could not otherwise own a home. Carlson said a typical habitat homeowner will spend 18 months attending finance classes and volunteering with Habitat before they ever set foot in their home. Habitat homes are built by volunteers under close supervision of skilled workers.
The Etowah food pantry helps an average of 74 people, according to volunteer Brenda Tullock. Tullock said the food pantry is only open a few days a week, but seeks to fill a need in a community (Etowah City) where approximately 70 percent of the students participant in the free or reduced lunch program.