May 2017

A Tata Chemicals tradition: Caring for the community

Tata Chemicals North America believes it owes it to the community to contribute through donations and volunteerism, and has a dedicated team that undertakes exciting initiatives focused on women, children and education

For nearly half a century, Tata Chemicals (Soda Ash) Partners has been a pillar of the Green River, Wyoming community. This year will be no exception. The company continues to be a champion for programmes focused on women, children and education in southwestern Wyoming through its many company-led community initiatives.

Sabaleel Nandy (left), Vice President, Manufacturing, Tata Chemicals (Soda Ash) Partners, and Martin Keighley, CEO and Managing Director, Tata Chemicals (Soda Ash) Partners, award Climb Wyoming their donation at the International Women’s Day luncheon on March 8, 2017

In March, Tata Chemicals North America (TCNA) celebrated International Women's Day with numerous organisations that advocate women's and children's rights in the region, and offered support to these critical groups.

The company's donations include:

  • A gift of $25,000 to Climb Wyoming, a nonprofit dedicated to lifting single mothers out of poverty through job training programmes. The donation will help single mothers acquire the training needed to obtain positions that offer higher wages and better healthcare benefits.
  • A $9,500 donation to the Sweetwater County Family Justice Center for a new security system to enhance the well-being and safety of the visitors and employees who use the facilities. The donation also allowed for the purchase of new interview equipment to record testimonies that are often used as evidence in court cases. The family justice centre provides resources for victims of family violence.
  • A $4,000 grant to the Sweetwater County Child Development Center to help 12 to 15 families send their children to the centre for specialised screenings, educational and behavioural programmes, social work services and individualised care.
'This donation will enable our programme to continue providing a secure and safe place for families and children to get the help that they need in a comfortable setting,' said Aimee Gatzke, second to the left, Programme Director, Family Justice Centre

TCNA also supports regional STEM and education efforts. The company has sponsored the following regional events and initiatives:

  • Western Wyoming Community College's annual southwest regional science fair, which occurred in February 2017. Through this sponsorship, the company covered the registration fees for all participating students, and two TCNA employees volunteered as judges in both the junior and senior divisions. As part of the company's on-going commitment to inspire and encourage young students to pursue careers in STEM-related fields, TCNA has agreed to fund student registration fees for the next five years.
  • The Wyoming NASA Space Grant Consortium's annual women in STEM conference is taking place at the University of Wyoming this May. Last year, TCNA was not only the largest sponsor of the event, but also the only sponsor from the business community.
  • Through the TCNA annual Wyoming scholarship programme, the company provides scholarship grants to students from local universities. Applicants are evaluated based on academic excellence, leadership and goals, and the winners are selected by a review committee comprising company employees in Green River. Last year's winners included 10 students from the University of Wyoming, Western Wyoming Community College and Casper College. To date, TCNA has awarded over $26,000 in grants since the programme's inception in 2013.
  • TCNA has been in a 10-year partnership with First Book, a nonprofit organisation whose mission is to provide disadvantaged children with new books. In 2016, the company partnered with First Book to host two local reading celebrations and donated $7,000 in new books to elementary school students in Rock Springs and Lyman. More than 40 company employees participated in Read-A-Loud circles with the students and gave each of them two new books to start their very own home libraries. The company looks forward to the next chapter of this valued relationship.

For 17 years, TCNA has partnered with United Way of Southwest Wyoming in Sweetwater, Uinta, Lincoln and Sublette counties to support the education, health and basic needs of all Wyoming residents. Most recently, the company and employees donated $2,15,346 to United Way as well as more than 400 volunteer hours.

As one of the largest soda ash facilities in Wyoming, TCNA believes it owes it to the community to contribute in an impactful way through both donations and volunteerism. TCNA would be unable to maintain its numerous company-led community initiatives without the support of its dedicated team, including Patty Darnell, office manager; Dave Young, quality manager; Jared Bundy, finance supervisor; Adam Guymon, mine production superintendent; Tyler Keck, sustainability supervisor; and Kim Genereux, learning & development supervisor.

The company has a number of exciting new initiatives planned for the coming months, including highway clean-up projects, back-to-school supply fundraisers and diaper drives. TCNA is undertaking all of these efforts in support of one unified effort – to promote growth and stability within the community – and develop an on-going pool of talent in southwestern Wyoming.