The increasing importance of ESG reporting and corporate social responsibility over the last several years has been largely consumer-driven. Check out this feature in Insight on Manufacturing to see how Great Northern has approached this crucial topic.
On August 20th, 20 Great Northern team members participated in the “Pulling for Honor” fundraiser event at the Appleton International Airport. The fundraiser raises money for future Old Glory Honor Flights, a local organization whose mission is to fly WW II veterans to Washington DC to see the memorials built in their honor. The goal was for teams to pull a 200,000-pound jet plane for 12 feet as quickly as possible. Our team completed this in 16.363 seconds, winning us third place. Thank you to our team members that continue to show that Great Northern Cares!
Crews from Boldt Construction Company are finishing renovations on another 8 apartments at the Wisconsin Veterans Village. A total of 48 existing apartments for both single veterans and veteran families will be remodeled providing both affordable housing and support.
The Great Northern Cares – Laminations team had the pleasure of working with the Community Benefit Tree during the holiday season. They adopted three Fox Valley, Wisconsin families, providing gift cards, clothing, household goods, toiletries, and toys. One family even received a set of new tires and brakes.
The Great Northern Cares Laminations team in Jacksonville, FL spread some extra joy this season by participating in the Daniel Kids Holiday Drive. The team donated books, clothing, toys, electronics, sports equipment and monetary donations to provide Christmas presents for children and teens who would otherwise go without. The team was able to help 100 children and soon to be adults have a wonderful Christmas!
The Great Northern Cares – Twin Cities team partnered with the Angel Foundation again this holiday season. Employees donated over $2,400 in cash and gift cards, along with other items such as stuffed animals, art supplies and other items they had requested.
The Great Northern Cares Chicago team recently kicked off the holiday season by again teaming up with Feed My Starving Children.
Great Northern’s team packed along with 500 other volunteers, filling 722 boxes which serves 155,952 meals! This feeds 427 kids for a year! In a single weekend, a total of 5,000 volunteers packed 1.2 million meals!
Our very own chairman of the board and decorated Vietnam veteran, Bill Raaths, was recently featured in a video for a Wisconsin Veterans Village Association campaign, promoting the creation of a first-of-its-kind Veterans Village in Northeast Wisconsin.
With the Fox Cities veteran population being 8.8%, which is higher than the national average, there is a great need for affordable housing and support for veterans in all stages of life in our area. When they return to civilian life, many veterans continue to face challenges.