Video featuring Green Bay employees volunteering with Rebuilding Together, a non-profit providing low-income homeowners with critical home repairs.
From coast to coast, there is a group dedicated to helping others. While not superheroes in the traditional sense, they certainly come to the rescue of those in need. They call themselves ServiceForce — hundreds of current and retired Georgia-Pacific employees, along with their families, who serve their communities across the country.
April is National Volunteer Month, but ServiceForce members help all year long with programs that address their town’s specific needs, much like community champions. This is seen in places such as our Camas, Washington mill. Mill employees have rolled up their sleeves for the past 10 years in the annual Lacamas Lake cleanup event, one year removing as much as 1.5 tons of trash. The lake holds special importance to Georgia-Pacific employees as it was created when a dam was built for the mill over 70 years ago.
But our super powers aren’t limited to strength. In Wisconsin, our Green Bay facility participated in “Make a Difference Day,” where they partnered with Rebuilding Together to help with the repair and maintenance of homes of those who were physically hindered. Down the road, Sheboygan-OshKosh employees swooped in to rescue the happiness of Christmas for children in disadvantaged areas with more than 100 Toys for Tots donations.
What makes ServiceForce special is it allows employees to make a difference that is meaningful to them and their area. Linda Nolen, a clerk at our Brewton, Alabama facility, got involved in ServiceForce after volunteering for Relay for Life in honor of her brother-in-law’s fight with cancer. “I grew up in this town and I enjoy helping the community where I live,” Linda shares. “It just makes you feel good to know you might have some impact on others that you might not have otherwise if you didn’t volunteer.”
Though our employees may not leap tall buildings at a single bound, their dedication to volunteering and service is just as high a feat. They do not do it for fame or reward, but to make the place they call home better. Some of our facilities have been a part of the community for more than a hundred years and GP employees take great pride in being (super) good neighbors.