Spotlight on Everett, Washington

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In all of our Kimberly-Clark hometowns, K-C and its employees are involved in our communities - beyond being an employer and a responsible producer of essential consumer products. Everett, Washington, is no exception.

In all of our Kimberly-Clark hometowns, K-C and its employees are involved in our communities - beyond being an employer and a responsible producer of essential consumer products. We like to be leaders and active participants in making our communities better places to live and work.

Everett, Washington, is no exception. Kimberly-Clark, our mill manager, and our employees are actively involved in a select group of organizations in an effort to make a positive impact on this north Seattle suburb.

Here are some highlights of K-C's involvement in and support of the Everett community:

  • One unique community involvement activity at the Everett mill is K-C's relationship with Housing Hope, a nonprofit organization that provides transitional housing for homeless families in Snohomish County. As part of K-C's safety program, Kimberly-Clark donates $1 to Housing Hope for every "VIRTUE" employee observation completed. Begun in 2007, VIRTUE is K-C's union-owned safety observation program where hourly employees observe and provide feedback to one another on the safety level of their work tasks. In 2009, $1,538 was contributed to Housing Hope as a result of this partnership.
  • For the last two years, the Everett mill has sponsored two of its leaders to participate in "Leadership Snohomish County." During evenings from September to May, the LSC class visits local philanthropic organizations to learn about their missions. The class also learns about funding sources and the role of boards. They also must complete a class project for a local organization (such as building beds, developing a marketing plan, remodeling). Ultimately, graduates become board members for local nonprofit organizations in the community.
  • For their 2009 United Way campaign, K-C Everett was recognized as "Best of Industry-Manufacturing" and our union was recognized as "Best of Organized Labor," for our campaign leadership and results. Including employee gifts and pledges, which were matched dollar-for-dollar by the Kimberly-Clark Corporation, and fundraising events, K-C Everett and its employees contributed more than $130,000 to the area United Way last year.
  • As a Board member for the YMCA, Mill Manager Chris Isenberg acted as a team leader for the recently completed "2010 Invest In Youth" campaign. His team raised $72,000, much of which was donated by vendors who work closely with K-C Everett.
  • K-C employees make contributions to nonprofit organizations of their choice through the company's Matching Gifts program. These contributions are matched dollar-for-dollar by the corporation.
  • Our employees also volunteer their time for community organizations. K-C makes grants of $500 through its Community Partners program to organizations for which our employees volunteer at least 30 hours in one calendar year.
  • Eleven children of K-C employees in Everett are current recipients of Kimberly-Clark Bright Futures Scholarships - $20,000 four-year scholarships awarded to students on a competitive basis based on academics, achievements and community service.

Kimberly-Clark support of the Everett community at a glance:

  • 870 employees
  • More than $130,000 in United Way contributions
  • $27,500 paid in college scholarships to children of Everett employees
  • $16,000 in Community Partners grants
  • $115,268 in contributions from K-C employees and K-C corporate match
  • $20,000 in other contributions to area organizations
  • $20,000 in product donations
  • More than 1,800 community volunteer hours
  • Read more about how a team of Kimberly-Clark employees from Everett fared in a seven-sport adventure relay race.

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