Spotlight on Jenks, Oklahoma

2010 Jenks

Being involved in local community activities and helping to make Jenks a better place to live and work come as second nature to Kimberly-Clark employees in Jenks, Oklahoma. Our employees are involved in a number of community organizations, adding value to and making an impact on this Oklahoma community. Here's a summary of some of our key activities in Jenks:

  • K-C is a major supporter of National Engineering Week, celebrated in the spring in local elementary schools. Jenks facility engineers go into third-, fourth- and fifth-grade classrooms to talk about careers in science and engineering to encourage the children to study math and science. They conduct experiments and have hands-on activities to show kids the relationships between what they learn in school and the "real world." Jenks employees impact up to 1,000 children each year through this program.
  • Several Jenks employees are Junior Achievement volunteers, teaching basic economics and business concepts to fifth and sixth graders in the Bixby School District.
  • Jenks employees support the annual Mothers' Day Walk benefiting the Tulsa chapter of the Breast Cancer Network of Strength, a national breast cancer support organization. Kimberly-Clark and its employees make financial contributions to the event and provide volunteer walkers. We also staff a Kimberly-Clark booth at the walk event where we have a product display and give away samples to other walkers and visitors.
  • As part of North Tulsa's Partners in Education program, Kimberly-Clark is working with Cooper Elementary School, an area school that serves low-income, at-risk children, to sponsor activities that will facilitate the education of these children and provide them with events and gifts they would not otherwise be able to afford. The partnership began last Christmas when Kimberly-Clark sponsored a visit from Santa and a toy drive. The relationship has grown into an ongoing partnership with Kimberly-Clark sponsoring a variety of events and activities.

 

"Our hearts are still overwhelmed with joy and amazement over all that you have given us all, and how you have touched the hearts and lives of everyone," says Rita Kukura of Tulsa Public Schools. "These have been the recurring words from our teachers: amazement, surprise, thankfulness and gratitude."

  • Last year, Kimberly-Clark in Jenks conducted yet another record-setting United Way Campaign, raising more than $250,000. As part of the campaign, employees spent a day volunteering their time to paint several rooms at a local domestic violence shelter. The Kimberly-Clark Corporation matches employee contributions to the United Way dollar-for-dollar.
  • Kimberly-Clark in Jenks maintains an active Charitable Donations Committee which reviews requests and allocates cash and product donations to needy organizations throughout the Tulsa metro area. They focus on supporting education, children with special needs, or organizations that serve people who are ill, homeless or low-income.
  • Kimberly-Clark employees make contributions to nonprofit organizations of their choice through the company's Matching Gifts program. These contributions are matched dollar-for-dollar by Kimberly-Clark.
  • Our employees also volunteer their time for community organizations. Kimberly-Clark makes grants of $500 through its Community Partners program to organizations for which our employees volunteer at least 30 hours in one calendar year.
  • Fifteen children of Kimberly-Clark employees in Jenks 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.
  • Finally, Kimberly-Clark in Jenks is an active, ongoing supporter of three area Chambers of Commerce: Tulsa Metro, Jenks and Bixby.

 

IN SUMMARY: Kimberly-Clark's contributions to the Jenks community in 2009:

  • Product Donations: $2,000
  • United Way: more than $250,000
  • Community Partners Grants: $14,000
  • Volunteer Hours Logged: more than 1,140
  • Contributions from employees and Kimberly-Clark match from Matching Gifts program: $12,274
  • Bright Futures Scholarship Payments to children of Jenks employees: $37,500
  • Other contributions: $14,000
  • Number of employees: 400

 

Kimberly-Clark and its employees are proud of their track record of community support in Jenks!

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