Russel Metals has established a corporate giving initiative to provide support for vulnerable people within our communities. The corporate giving program has two parts and includes an employee match program and direct corporate charitable donations.
In mid-2022 we launched our employee match program which provides a dollar-for-dollar match of employee donations to qualified charities. Our initial commitment to this program is $1 million.
The direct corporate charitable donation is a multi-year program to augment local giving to support vulnerable people in the communities where we live and work. In 2021 we contributed $500,000. Some of the causes chosen for this initiative are highlighted below.
In numerous Indigenous communities across Canada, tap water is not safe to drink. Infrastructure alone cannot solve the water crisis; the people who run the systems are critical. Many Indigenous communities in Canada have identified the need for more young, qualified, and local personnel to support solving water issues, independently and for the long term. However, there is a lack of locally available opportunities for young adults to gain the relevant skills and experiences. Water First is Canada’s leading charitable organization dedicated to working with Indigenous communities to address local water challenges through education, training, and meaningful collaboration.
Indspire invests in the education of First Nations, Inuit and Métis people for the long term benefit of these individuals, their families and communities, and Canada. Their vision is to enrich Canada through Indigenous education and by inspiring achievement.
We are committed to treating all people in a manner that allows them to maintain their dignity and independence. We have initiated the Russel Metals Indigenous Student Bursary to provide financial assistance for post-secondary education with a preference for students entering the trades.
Women’s Shelters Canada brings together 15 provincial and territorial shelter organizations and supports the over 550 shelters across the country for women and children fleeing violence. They work as a unified voice for systemic change to end violence against women, while providing leadership for collaboration and knowledge exchange among shelters and transition houses across the country. If you or someone you know is experiencing violence, you can find your nearest women’s shelter and its crisis line on www.sheltersafe.ca.
Located in Northwest Arkansas, Restoration Village provides long-term safe shelter for women and children who have experienced domestic violence, homelessness, abuse, and other forms of trauma. The first priority of the Village is to provide women and their children with a safe, abuse-free environment, while meeting their basic needs for food, shelter and clothing. They believe a long-term approach is necessary to address the obstacles faced by the women and children who come seeking assistance. The Russel Metals funds were designated to support the salaries for two advocates, one for the children and one for the mothers, who provide residents with life-changing services. To learn more about Restoration Village and their mission to restore the lives of women and children, please visit www.restorationvillage.net.
The mission of the Center is to provide support to families in preventing and dealing with child abuse in West Tennessee and to help both parents and children meet the practical needs of preserving and improving the quality of family life. Those benefiting from the Center’s services are from every walk of life. The Center does not discriminate on the basis of age, sex, race, handicap or national origin and provides the children with the gift of hope for a brighter future, a future without pain but with healing and hope.
The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) is a major pediatric teaching hospital located in Toronto, Ontario. It is Canada’s most research-intensive hospital and the largest center dedicated to improving children’s health in the country. Russel Metals has made a multi-year commitment to support SickKids Foundation.
With passionate and dedicated staff, SickKids is much more than a hospital. They work each day to provide the best in child and family-centered care, create ground-breaking clinical and scientific advancements, and train the next generation of experts in child health. SickKids is committed to being a safe space for all patients and families, staff, learners and volunteers, where everyone can feel seen, heard and valued as part of their equity, diversity and inclusion efforts.
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital® is leading the way the world understands, treats and defeats childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases. Our purpose is clear: Finding cures. Saving children.® Treatments invented at St. Jude have helped push the overall childhood cancer survival rate from 20% to more than 80% since it opened in 1962. Your donation helps ensure that families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food – so they can focus on helping their child live.
Children’s Wisconsin, headquartered in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, is the region’s only independent healthcare system dedicated solely to the health and well-being of children. The Russel Metals funds were designated to help scale community-based initiatives that keep kids healthy and safe and empower their families, thus having a profound impact on the communities in which they live.
The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the UN Refugee Agency, is a global organization dedicated to aid and protect refugees, forcibly displaced communities, and stateless people. The 2021 Russel Metals funds were designated to support programs to assist vulnerable people who are victims of gender-based violence globally.
In 2022, Russel Metals continued their support of UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency and donated $100,000 to support the humanitarian efforts in Ukraine for those forced to flee their homes.