United Way Fox Cities awarded Great Northern the Sustained Excellence Award for its continued commitment to the organization. This is exciting news for Appleton employees at Great Northern who make an extraordinary effort each year to donate and promote the mission of United Way by making annual goals and challenging the team to surpass them.
The Twin Cities’ Great Northern Cares team is making a big impact through its partnership with Feed My Starving Children, a nonprofit organization that tackles world hunger by sending volunteer-packed, nutritious meals to 70 different countries. In January, the team packed 26,136 meals that will feed 71 kids for an entire year in Sierra Leone! The event was a lot of fun and very rewarding for all who participated.
Great Northern is now a member of the Amazon Packaging Support and Supplier Network (APASS), a select group of companies that Amazon officially recognizes as packaging experts who can help e-commerce vendors with their packaging challenges.
The holidays can be a stressful time, especially for those with limited resources. With this in mind, the Laminations team located in Appleton recently adopted two local families for Christmas. In addition to shopping for gifts, employees held a bake sale to raise funds, and plant employees donated personal gas gift cards. In total, each family received about $800 worth of gifts.
It’s that time of year–Giving to Others and Ugly Christmas Sweaters
The Twin Cities team combined both traditions this year! They donated $470 in gift cards plus multiple bags of supplies to the Angel Foundation, which provides financial and emotional support to families impacted by cancer, and had extra fun wrapping while donning their Ugly Christmas sweaters.
This year’s Hot Chocolate Race in Chicago had the best turnout ever from our Des Plaines Great Northern Instore team, with 32 team members running the 5K and 2 team members running the 15K. The team had a great day, with perfect weather and a fun brunch afterwards.
Great Northern’s Aaron Sass was at the opening of the first ‘Launch Studio’ at Appleton East High School, a center that will help students discover their true passion for their future academic and career plans.
Barnabus Coffee House in Chippewa Falls is a non-profit community service organization and outreach ministry. Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, they serve a free community meal. Recently, Great Northern employees Jennifer Hawke, Sara Grana, and Tami Ressler decided to join them in giving back to our community.
Employees from our Chippewa Falls location volunteered their time this summer to help teachers and students get ready for school this fall. Members of the Great Northern Cares team donated packages full of supplies, including tissues, paper towels, permanent markers, tape, zip-lock bags and antibacterial wipes to six local elementary schools. Our 3M team was happy to donate sticky notes as well.
Our Great Northern Cares program is a way for Great Northern employees to give back to our communities through service and donation. The Chippewa Falls team recently used this program to benefit the Chippewa Humane Association by collecting over 100 items, along with a cash donation. Well done, team!