As our company continues to grow, we think it’s important to also grow within our local communities. Our employees volunteer their time to organize and participate in events for various charitable projects throughout the year including Breast Cancer Awareness walks, United Way, clothing and food drives, disaster relief, American Cancer Society, Salvation Army, community education, U.S. Armed Forces donations, public agency donations, and environmental sustainability.
The following are some of the community programs our company and employees participate in:
American Red Cross plays a critical role in our nation's health care system. It is the largest single supplier of blood and blood products in the United States, collecting and processing approximately 40% of the blood supply and distributing it to about 2,600 hospitals and transfusion centers nationwide. The Red Cross plays a leading role in protecting the safety of donors and patients and increasing the availability of blood.
Each year since 2012, the American Red Cross blood mobile visits our headquarters in Reading, PA so Brenntag North American employees can volunteer to donate blood.
In 2009, we began an “Earth Day” Celebration at our North American headquarters in Reading, PA. Children of employees, kindergarten to 8th grade, are invited to spend the day with our employees to learn about the our industry and the important role chemistry plays in our lives.
Throughout the day, children participate in hands-on science and chemistry experiences and learn how to protect the Earth by acting as “responsible chemists”. Lesson plans developed by the You Be the Chemist program are used to teach the young children about the need for chemistry, and how fun it can be. Experiences range from creating Silly Putty to learn chemical reactions and mixtures, learning about the importance of recycling for a sustainable future.
Promoting Earth Day at Brenntag allows children to see where their parents work and how it effects our company, our community, and our lives.
At our North American facilities, we practice the recycling of paper, plastic, aluminum, cardboard, printer cartridges and fluorescent light bulb tubes to reduce Brenntag's overall Carbon footprint.
Informational visits and tours of Brenntag North American production facilities and tech centers are provided for local congressman. Advocacy at a national level on behalf of the Chemical Distribution Industry.
Habitat For Humanity® is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing decent, affordable homes to deserving families in communities around the world. Since 1988, the local Reading, PA Chapter of the organization has built or renovated 57 homes, selling them to qualified families in the local community. For every local home built, a payment is sent to ‘Habitat for Humanity International’ which funds a home in a developing country.
Volunteering in local community projects creates a sense of pride. It is with that pride and camaraderie that our employees offer their assistance through monetary donations and in giving their time to help build homes. With the desire to make a difference, we take on a social responsibility to help make houses more affordable to low income families in local areas through the Habitat For Humanity program.
Together with other local businesses, we strive to build a better local community.
Each year before Thanksgiving our company receives "wish lists" from individuals of all ages in need in our community. These "wish lists" contain anything from toys to clothing to living essentials. Our employees choose as many cards as they desire and graciously purchase items for the individual they have chosen. This has been a long-standing and successful program at Brenntag for many years.
Brenntag North America provides sponsorship of a college scholarship through the Society of Women Engineers to support young women pursuing accredited college programs in preparation for careers in science and engineering.
Once a month, a few Brenntag North America employees take time out of their busy work schedules to read stories to children in Reading City schools. This program has been successfully running since 2010.
We help promote the future of chemistry by our active involvement over the past several years with the Chemical Education Foundation (CEF) and their You Be the Chemist ® (YBTC) Challenge.
The Chemical Education Foundation, founded in 1989 and headquartered in Arlington, VA, is a nationally recognized, award winning non-profit organization committed to enhancing science education among every generation. By emphasizing the central role of chemistry in all the sciences and in our everyday lives, CEF strives to inspire our future leaders in pursuing science-related careers and to improve the overall understanding of, participation in, and appreciation of chemistry and chemicals. For more information please visit www.chemed.org.
The YBTC Challenge is designed as a question-and-answer competition similar in format to a spelling bee, to encourage interest in chemistry among students at a young age. Students in grades 5 through 8 answer questions about important chemistry concepts, historical discoveries, and safety awareness. The competition starts at the local level with students vying for a chance to win a trip to the National Competition.
In past years, we have experienced great success sponsoring yearly challenges with local schools in the 11 states: California, Florida, Kentucky, Minnesota, New Jersey, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas, Utah and Wisconsin. Parents, teachers, school administrators and students all come together to support their local communities while generating enthusiasm for the future of chemistry.
For more information, pictures, and videos about the You Be the Chemist Challenge, please click on the links below. (YouTube Link and Facebook Link)
Brenntag Contact for YBTC Challenge: Bryan Page