Sweet Home High School is in the heart of lumber country. An hour and half south of Portland, Sweet Home is also the location of a Weyerhaeuser veneer plant with 114 employees. Logging is the economic driver in this part of Oregon; thus, making a Forest Club at the 600 student high school a natural fit. After a 20-year absence, the Forestry Club at Sweet Home High is thriving, in part due to the volunteers from Weyerhaeuser.
Each spring, the Forestry Club hosts a Skills Competition Day. More than 25 students compete in events such as the pole climb complete with spurs and gear, log rolling, team sawing, and chainsaw skills. The event highlights the forestry skills of the students along with providing some fun. Thanks to the 280 hours of volunteer time provided by Weyerhaeuser employees, the competition has become an annual event and is just one example of a project supported by “WAVES” (Weyerhaeuser Active Volunteer Employees).
WAVES is a volunteer-driven program supported through Weyerhaeuser’s corporate giving strategy. WAVES honors the volunteerism of its employees by giving financially to the organizations for which employees volunteer. In 2012, $311,000 in grant dollars was awarded to programs representing 31,820 Weyerhaeuser employee volunteer hours. One of these programs included the Forestry Club Skills Competition Day at Sweet Home High School.
In addition to the WAVES, Weyerhaeuser’s corporate giving program includes disaster relief and response, traditional grant making and a new company-wide giving initiative called “Operation Diaper Drive.” The initiative meets a critical need in the communities where Weyerhaeuser does business and engages and inspires employees to give back. The result? 629,000 diapers donated by employees with an additional $25,000 in Giving Fund monies.
Weyerhaeuser is pleased to support the volunteerism and community-engagement efforts of each of its employees. From diapers to a Forestry Skills event and everything in between, the employees of Weyerhaeuser continue to demonstrate their commitment to the communities in which we live and serve.
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