April 14, 2017

Fairmount Santrol Gives Back To Local Students

Josh Holbrook, Sustainable Development Coordinator

People, Planet, Prosperity

It is easy to look around where you live and see the needs of others. It is not as easy to find solutions to fill those needs. Fairmount Santrol Family Members are always searching for ways to make an impact on the communities where we live and work. Recently, a connection was made for our Northeast Ohio facility through a community program started by local students to raise awareness of issues in their school.  The community’s need was simple: personal hygiene items. The county we operate in is considered a wealthy county and as such has no homeless shelter, no food kitchen, and only a handful of pantries where people in need can go to get some help, including things like soap, shampoo, toothpaste and toothbrushes. 

Fairmount Santrol Gives Back To Local Students

After meeting with the school’s guidance counselor, and speaking with some other Fairmount Santrol Family Members, we all agreed that our team could help provide a solution. Unsure how to proceed, I decided to reach out to the local United Way and Job and Family Services for help and direction.

There was definitely a need across all age groups, and the schools were very receptive to the idea. Since the schools indicated that the need was in several different grades, we opted to include general items that could be used by anyone in any grade. And because this was an issue without any other long-term solution available, we wanted to make sure the items would last for some time. Items were included, such as a full bottle of shampoo and conditioner, a full stick of deodorant, a tube of toothpaste and a toothbrush, and a bar of soap would, with the hope that they would last roughly three to four weeks.

To package these personal care boxes, we found biodegradable boxes made from recycled material. United Way helped out again by contacting our local Walmart and getting all the items at a reduced price.  The toothbrushes were donated by local dentists.  

Our Fairmount Santrol Family Members boxed up 600 of the personal care packages, with enough supplies leftover to make 1200 more. Because of the generous donations, we were able to make deliveries to three schools in total, instead of the two originally planned. 

This may be a small solution compared to other needs in the area, but it is still an opportunity to celebrate the generosity of others. The lack of these items can affect an individual’s self-confidence, motivation, and general well-being. It is our hope that by providing these critical hygiene items, we are proving to these local students that business can be an agent of world benefit; and that they, too, can “Do Good. Do Well.”

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