Sep 2, 2022
The Human Resources Department at U. S. Steel’s Gary Works coordinated a school supply drive for local elementary schools in Gary and Portage, Indiana, that, due to the extraordinary participation of all local Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) and United Steelworkers locals, generated donations that were above and beyond expectations!
The local ERGs set up donation boxes throughout Gary Works and Midwest Plant. The local unions participated by advertising the drive with their members both at the plant and their union halls. In addition, union members, union leadership, and ERG members coordinated the pickup of the donation boxes within the plants and transported all the supplies to the schools.
The Gary Finishing Plant turned the drive into a “friendly” competition, and it really showed with fully loaded backpacks and ROWS of supplies! Special hard hat tip to that group! A generous donation from U. S. Steel also allowed the purchase of backpacks and planners for the schools to meet needs they specified.
Photo one – Far left: Laura Gaskins (Human Resources) and Rob Popplewell USW Local 1066 Grievance Chairman) load backpacks full of supplies; Top right: Members of USW Local 1014 gathering donations (from left to right): Anthony Girgenti, Robert Lucious III, Wesley Davis, and Christopher Bernard; Bottom right: Tyneasha Banks and Angela Grayson from Beveridge Elementary School excited to accept the donations delivered by Rob Popplewell (USW Local 1066 Grievance Chairman).
Photos two & three – Images of just some of the supplies generously donated by U. S. Steel employees.