McWane Ductile-New Jersey (MDNJ) has a Community Advisory Panel (MDCAP) that meets on a monthly basis. The purpose of the MDCAP is to establish a forum for the regular candid and constructive communication between MDNJ and the local community. The MDCAP contributes approximately $60,000 annually to community projects, organizations, and events, and MDNJ makes separate donations to the local community. For example, MDNJ recently revamped their locker room and donated the left over lockers to a local homeless shelter.
The MDCAP donates quarterly to five local food banks that help feed those in need with a meal on a daily basis. They also awarded 8 scholarships – $2,000 each – in 2015 to local high school students to help further their education. During the holidays, they participate in the Polar Express and supply tickets to families who would not be able to afford this event, and provide hats, gloves, and food to local residents at the annual tree lighting ceremony. The MDCAP also adopts families during the holidays and provides presents and gift cards so every child will have something special at Christmas.
A few of the charities the MDCAP has supported are:
- Big Brother Big Sister
- Safe Harbor Homeless Shelter
- Wounded Warrior Project
- Cancer Support Community
- Wrangler to the Rescue
- Relay for Life
- Steele Hill Youth Organization
- Boy Scouts of America
Through the CAP, MDNJ also encourages team members to get more involved in the community. Pictured is one of the many sheds MDNJ has throughout the facility where team members put cardboard and paper items for recycling to help Norwescap, a local children’s center that provides summer classes and after school programs.
In 2004, McWane recognized the need to form community advisory panels (CAPs) at several of their facilities comprised of a cross-section of community representatives and company stakeholders which could address issues that affect our interests, including environmental, social and economic impacts. In addition to representatives from our facilities, panel members include local community leaders, public officials, educators, union members, regulators, members of the clergy, residents and business leaders.
Since that time, the CAPs have successfully coordinated the charitable giving and community projects at Atlantic States, Pacific States, Tyler Union, M&H Valve, Clow Water and Kennedy Valve.
For example, the Atlantic States CAP (ASCAP) commits a tremendous amount of time, effort and money toward helping the residents, businesses and not-for-profit organizations in Phillipsburg, NJ. The ASCAP has been involved with and supported numerous community programs, events and local organizations, including the annual Polar Express. At Christmas, the ASCAP provides tickets to local residents to ride on the Polar Express train during the annual Christmas parade. After the 2013 parade, they received a letter of appreciation from Amy Vaughn who received tickets for her son and niece, Blake and Ashlyn, both 4-years-old.
In her note to the ASCAP, Amy said, “When I found out we were given these tickets, I sat and cried as I was so excited knowing how much they would enjoy this experience.”
Blake and Ashlyn will remember the train ride for years to come, but we at McWane and Atlantic States will remember their big beautiful smiles as they rode the train while feasting on cookies and hot chocolate. Check out Amy’s letter above!