Each year our containerboard mill in Counce, Tennessee, donates $32,000 to the Pulp and Paper Foundation Fund at North Carolina State’s College of Natural Resources. The donations fund programming, renovations to the study spaces and laboratories, and scholarships to pay for tuition and books. The mill works with six local high schools to promote the Pulp and Paper Foundation scholarship opportunities and to share information with students about how to apply.
PCA’s full-line corrugated plant in Jacksonville, Florida, supports its local community through its involvement with Rotary International. The plant’s General Manager has served for years on the board of the Deerwood Rotary Club in Jacksonville. The club makes a significant impact on the community by raising and distributing charitable contributions that support youth-focused initiatives. The club also funds additional programs like shoe donations to the needy and medical assistance to patients in remote areas of Haiti.
PCA’s containerboard mill in DeRidder, Louisiana, offers annual scholarships to all six of the local Beauregard Parish high schools. For each school, two scholarships are awarded: one in the amount of $1,000 and another in the amount of $500. The criteria used to select the recipients includes financial need, scholastic excellence, extracurricular activities and relationship of degree to the papermaking industry. In recent years, the scholarship program has expanded in both geographic area and monetary amount.
PCA employees are able to help others through their participation in our e-Learning program. In the “Help Yourself, Help Others” challenge, PCA donates to AdoptAClassroom.org, Reading Is Fundamental and ProLiteracy America. For each e-Learning course completion during a specific time period, our employees are able to choose one of these literacy-based charities as the recipient of a PCA contribution. While our employees enhance their on-the-job skills, this initiative lets them improve the lives of the community.
Whether it's fixing up a playground, donating computer equipment or taking the time to read to kindergartners, PCA’s employees are there to help. Several plants across the PCA network are actively involved with community school districts helping out with projects such as fundraising for a high school foundation, providing money for college-bound seniors for tuition or books, or donating backpacks filled with school supplies. Through these grassroots efforts, PCA employees support education with their financial contributions and their time.
Since 2007, PCA’s containerboard mill in Tomahawk, Wisconsin, has been hosting summer cookouts for employees, vendors, contractors and mill visitors. Sponsored by the Tomahawk Mill Charity Club (TMCC), these cookouts benefit local organizations such as the Kinship of Tomahawk, a youth mentoring program. Attendees can purchase burgers and baked treats for a nominal fee, with all proceeds being donated. The TMCC is proud to support local charities in the surrounding community through their outreach efforts.
For over five years, PCA’s full-line plant in Newark, Ohio, has participated in their community’s STEMfest! event, a program created to engage local children in fun, educational projects and hands-on activities. These events demonstrate how science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) are applied in the real world. In the past, team members from PCA Newark have helped children assemble corrugated cows, trucks and ants. This yearly event is a great way for PCA Newark to be involved in its local community and engage with children in an educational environment.
Our employees also contribute their time through fundraisers, walk-a-thons, blood drives, playground equipment installation, toy donations, cleanup and painting of shelters for battered women, and maintenance of local highways.
PCA takes pride in its employees and their contributions to their local communities. Our employees truly believe in making a difference, not only at the workplace but also within the communities in which we operate.