In 2017, in support of the 34th Carter Work Project for the Habitat for Humanity, we sent volunteers to build houses in Edmonton, Winnipeg, Hamilton, Halifax, Campbell River and Montreal.
The goal of the organizations’ largest build project was to build 150 homes across Canada to mark Canada’s 150th anniversary of Confederation. Russel employees worked side-by-side with future Habitat homeowners to build affordable homes to enable working families to improve their living conditions.
JMS Russel Metals in Jackson, Tennessee provided design assistance, materials and processing for a young Eagle Scout’s dream project. The project involved producing signage on the walkway surrounding the Madison County courthouse in Madison County, Tennessee. JMS Russel Metals was happy to lend their support for local Boy Scouts and the community enhancement project.
Community involvement is not only about time and money as we often contribute materials and creative ideas to community projects in local areas. The Parkland Regional Safety Committee wanted to build a structure that would provide those affected by workplace tragedies with an area to rest and reflect.
Alberta Industrial Metals in Red Deer supplied the material and processing for the project. In Grande Prairie, the Regional Hospital Foundation Festival of Trees holds a gala evening where Christmas creations are auctioned off with all proceeds going to the regional hospital. The Russel tree, which comes apart and can be stored flat, was designed by Chantel Stevens and auctioned off for $4,750 to support an excellent cause.
Caring for our environment and minimizing our carbon footprint is critical not only in our operations but in the communities in which we live. Our Comco operation in Edmonton joined an initiative under the guidance and direction of Root for Trees to plant trees within the city with an annual goal of planting 45,000 trees. Under the epigram Have Shovel Will Travel, Comco was involved in the planting of 550 trees and hope to continue their participation for years to come.
Community-based support includes not only monetary donations by the company but programs sponsored by our branches that involve our employee group and their families. For example, our Halifax branch holds 50/50 draws & raffles, BBQ’s, casual days, yard sales, etc. in support of the IWK Children’s Hospital.
Over the last 15 years, the branch employees, with matching funds from Russel Metals, have donated $ 150,000 in support of this hospital which is the top Children’s hospital in Atlantic Canada.
Community involvement is often more effective in partnership with other organizations. Apex Distribution, in partnership with the Petroleum Services Association of Canada, is a member of Community Partners. The purpose of Community Partners is to provide guiding principles that foster courteous behavior in local communities affected by oil and gas activity.
Various sports and charities go hand in hand in many of our local communities. At Fedmet Tubulars we are involved in Casting for Life, a local charity that brings the activity of fly fishing as a means of support for breast cancer survivors. At Apex Distribution, our operations and employees are involved in Bowling for Special Olympics, Curling and even Charity Boxing to raise funds for local initiatives.
Cycling and other sports are often synonymous with local charitable events. Many of our employees participate in traditional charitable runs and cycling races. Events include Russel Metals, Mississauga Ontario’s participation in the Big Bike in support of the Heart & Stroke Foundation and Russel Metals, Mississauga Ontario’s participation in the Inside Ride & the Ontario Mountain Bike Event both in support of the Coast to Coast Against Cancer Foundation.