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ArcelorMittal celebrates National Volunteers Week

04.12.2016

ArcelorMittal is proud to join companies, nonprofit organizations and communities across the country in celebrating National Volunteer Week. Taking place April 10-16, National Volunteer Week is about inspiring, recognizing and encouraging people to seek out imaginative ways to engage in their communities.

ArcelorMittal prides itself on being a responsible partner in our local communities. In 2015, ArcelorMittal and its employees donated $8.3 million to nonprofit organizations throughout the United States. However, our contributions do not stop at financial investments. We believe in having 360-degree partnerships with our nonprofit partners, and as a result, we encourage our employees to use their time, talents and leadership skills to make a difference in our communities.volunteering

Our employees donate time and talent year-round through coordinated volunteer activities with our nonprofit partners. These efforts are centered on our focus areas of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education, the environment, and health and safety. Whether tutoring a student, cleaning debris from a local river or working in a community garden, our employee volunteers are enriching the lives of many and developing their own skills in leadership, teamwork and communication. In 2015 in the U.S., our employees completed 114 volunteer projects and donated more than 4,237 hours of their time to our local nonprofit partners. Over 800 of these hours were dedicated to STEM programs, our signature initiative.

In 2016, we have made a commitment to double the number of skills-based volunteer hours our employees dedicate to our partner organizations’ STEM initiatives. To meet this goal, we are working in partnership with a coalition of other leading STEM companies through the national STEM advocacy nonprofit, Change the Equation.

Just one of many examples of this work in 2016 is a group of ArcelorMittal employees that volunteer their time to mentor students at Mound STEM Elementary School, a partner school located near our Cleveland facility. Earlier this year, ArcelorMittal volunteers teamed up with nonprofit TechCorps and STEM professionals from other neighborhood businesses to offer an afterschool Techie Club. Each week, students and volunteers learned about a different computer science topic – everything from the basics of computer coding to understanding how circuits work. Currently, these volunteers are leading a new club – Club Invention® in which students are learning to use design-thinking to engineer buildings and cities.

“I believe that ArcelorMittal’s involvement in supporting STEM programs is an investment in our future workforce, with education of the sciences and math being the key to having a stronger economy and ultimately a more sustainable country,” said Chuck Walpole, process automation engineer, ArcelorMittal Cleveland. “I feel privileged to have the chance to share my computer programming knowledge with students who may take cell phone apps and the internet for granted but may never have had the chance to be exposed to how this technology is created.”    

 

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