Building Community

Getting Involved in Our Communities

We strive to make the communities around us better places to live and work. We encourage our employees to engage in community service activities that support their personal passions and to participate in organized volunteer events sponsored by their KapStone facility. Examples of company-sponsored community activities include blood drives; food and fund drives for local food shelves and homeless shelters; Earth Day and holiday celebrations; Rotary, Kiwanis and other civic organizational events; athletic league sponsorships; events supporting medical research; educational programs for local schools; and programs that support the arts.

Each company facility has designated teams of employees who volunteer to coordinate these activities and raise funds for specific charities. In 2015, KapStone’s Mill Division contributed over $774,000—including employee contributions through payroll deduction—to local charitable organizations.

To ensure we are following best practices in our industry and to maintain the highest level of compliance required for certification, KapStone employees are actively involved in a host of professional organizations.

Employee Blood Drives Give Patients A Second Chance At Life

Employees at our Longview, Washington, facility are always ready to contribute to ongoing blood drives conducted by Bloodworks Northwest, which supplies roughly 90 hospitals and clinics throughout Washington, Oregon and Alaska. Bloodworks NW provides 100% of the blood needed in Cowlitz County and have exclusively supplied St. John Medical Center with life-saving blood since 1999. Since March of 2014, KapStone and Bloodworks have held five blood drives. During 2015, Bloodworks registered 91 donors, including 32 first-time Bloodworks donors. The organization collected 74 units of blood, helping save the lives of 222 patients.

"KapStone blood drives are one of the most successful in Cowlitz County. With the exception of our HS drives, KapStone drives result in more units collected than any other community drive. Since we are responsible for maintaining an operational supply of blood to local hospitals, we are so thankful for KapStone employees and their support of our program. The many employees who participate with these drives are a testament to the community service spirit that runs through KapStone. We could not do what we do without the support of the local community and organizations like KapStone. Yvette Olive, Donor Representative for Bloodworks in Cowlitz County. "The need for blood is constant and there are patients in the community receiving blood every day—and they’re extremely grateful to receive life-saving blood."

Bloodworks Northwest conducts blood drives at KapStone Longview twice per year. Blood drives are conducted at all KapStone Mill locations twice per year. In 2015, KapStone Mill employees donated approximately 300 units of blood, helping to save the lives of 900 patients.

"We encourage our employees to engage in community service activities that support their personal passions and to participate in organized volunteer events sponsored by their KapStone facility."

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