During this season of giving thanks, it's common to reflect on the many reasons we are grateful. That gratitude extends beyond what we’re thankful for in our everyday lives to include others – like the many nonprofit organizations throughout northwest Indiana that provide valuable assistance to those in need throughout the year.
The nonprofit organizations in the northwest Indiana region serve a multitude of needs and provide a host of services. However, they all share one common goal – to provide value for the individuals and groups they serve.
At ArcelorMittal, we are grateful for and pay tribute to the hundreds of nonprofit organizations here in the region, their volunteers and all they do to provide services to our neighbors in need. We also support many of these agencies and their community programs that that fall within our giving priorities of health and safety, environment and education.
Health and Safety
ArcelorMittal partners with both the American Heart Association (AHA) and the American Red Cross (ARC) in northwest Indiana and nationally. These organizations not only provide life-saving services and resources across the nation and globally, but also in our local communities. Awareness and preparedness are essential to ensuring the health and safety of those who live in our region.
The AHA provides education, awareness and resources to help others live longer, healthier lives. ArcelorMittal supports the AHA Teaching Gardens at South Haven Elementary School in South Haven and Nathan Hale Elementary School in Whiting. By joining together to plant and cultivate their own school gardens, students receive hands-on experience and learn the importance of proper nutrition. As a long-time supporter of the annual Lake and Porter County Heart Walks and National Walking Day, ArcelorMittal employees walk to raise awareness for the need of vital heart-healthy resources to help save lives here in northwest Indiana and across the country. “Heart disease impacts so many people that it’s critically imperative that our science moves forward,” said Diane Kemp, executive director, American Heart Association. “We are so grateful for the continued support of companies throughout northwest Indiana including ArcelorMittal, who continue to work with us to elevate the benefits of nutrition and overall heart health.”
As a member of the American Red Cross National Disaster Responder Program, ArcelorMittal is proud to join a select group of leading corporations that provide the highest level of support to ARC preparedness and relief efforts. When disasters occur close to home or around the nation, ARC provides shelter, food, life-saving blood, emotional support and other assistance to those in need. ARC’s “Be Red Cross Ready” program provides the tools to be prepared in case of an emergency. The message is simple, yet so very important: “Get a kit - make a plan - be informed.”
ArcelorMittal Indiana Harbor supports Hammond Morton Elementary School’s Take 5 for Life program which provides fifth grade students with fitness and nutrition curriculum that aligns with State of Indiana education standards. The five components of the Take 5 program are to eat healthy, be active, manage your mind (abstain from drugs, alcohol and tobacco), be well-rested and feel good about yourself.
There are many local organizations focused on sustaining our environment. ArcelorMittal works closely with Taltree Arboretum, Shirley Heinze Land Trust, the Porter County and Lake County Parks Departments and Wildlife Habitat Council (WHC). ArcelorMittal Burns Harbor and the WHC have partnered on many onsite restoration activities and employee wellness trails, and ArcelorMittal Indiana Harbor supports the Lake Heritage Parks Foundation in restoring the dune and swale ecosystem found within the Gibson Woods Nature Preserve in Hammond.
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“Wildlife Habitat Council works to increase the quality of wildlife habitats on corporate, private and public lands,” said Daniel Goldfarb, ecologist and regional director, Wildlife Habitat Council. "Through their commitment to the environment, ArcelorMittal continues to demonstrate the unique coexistence between steelmaking and the dunes ecosystems."
For their extensive work on enhancing their onsite restoration efforts, ArcelorMittal Burns Harbor has been recognized by the WHC, earning their Corporate Lands for Learning and Wildlife at Work certifications.
Through strategic partnerships with nonprofit organizations and local schools, ArcelorMittal’s support provides education and engagement opportunities in various ways. We invest across the continuum of education, from primary school through higher education, and specifically in the field of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) curricula.
The newly formed Michigan City Safe Harbor Nurturing Minds is an after-school club supported by ArcelorMittal Burns Harbor that offers area middle and high school students the ability to work as a team to build robots using computer-aided design and computer programming techniques. The club helps students tackle such technical challenges as a team while also discovering STEM field career opportunities.
Teaching our youth about nature and protecting the environment is important for sustainability of the northwest Indiana region. Our Northwest Indiana Mighty Acorns® Partnership, delivered locally by the Dunes Environmental Learning Center, Shirley Heinze Land Trust and the Field Museum, provides local students with classroom curriculum, hands-on restoration activities and multiple, meaningful sustained interactions with the outdoors. Hundreds of fourth to sixth grade students in Lake and Porter counties benefit from this program that introduces them to nature through exploration and stewardship in a way that fosters a personal connection to natural areas. This summer, ArcelorMittal Burns Harbor hosted 120 children onsite for a variety of nature activities, as part of the Dunes Learning Center’s Mighty Acorns® nature summer camp. ArcelorMittal’s Global Research and Development Center also sponsored third grade students this past fall from School City of East Chicago.
“This is an invaluable program for students and educators in our communities. Thanks to the sustained support from ArcelorMittal, this program can continue to grow and reap benefits across the region,” says Geof Benson, executive director, Dunes Learning Center.
ArcelorMittal also prides itself on being a responsible partner in our local communities by doing more than just providing financial support. Our employees generously volunteer their time to help many organizations throughout the region. Whether tutoring students, removing invasive species from local natural areas or lending a hand with planting school vegetable gardens, our employee volunteers give back by enriching the lives of many and developing their own skills in leadership, teamwork and communication.
We believe that our success as a company truly depends on the success and sustainability of the communities where we operate. This long-term approach is central to our business philosophy and our brand promise of “transforming tomorrow.”