The volunteers were mostly made up of Johnsonburg mill employees, their families and the Spartans, a community youth group that teaches Johnsonburg-area youth about social responsibility and giving back through community service projects.
During the event, volunteers helped clean up debris, and they helped restore the structural integrity of the building. They also spent time painting, assembling weight racks for the weight room and renovating the outdoor playground, which holds many community events and programs for area children.
“Many of the employees at the [Domtar] facility expressed a desire for us to do more in the community and specifically mentioned the Johnsonburg Community Center,” said Greg Linscott, manager of Domtar’s Johnsonburg Mill. “After a tour of the center it became obvious that the building needed our help. I’m thrilled that we were not only able to provide funding for a new fitness center there, but also help restore the center to what it once was.”
Student Conservation Association Mission
The Student Conservation Association provides opportunities for young people to make a positive impact on the world around them. Its members protect, enhance and restore national parks, marine sanctuaries, cultural landmarks and urban green spaces.
Participants age 15 to young adult serve in programs lasting two weeks to 12 months. These programs teach members to plan, enact and lead while making a difference in their world.
“One of SCA’s core missions is to foster future conservationists, and Domtar shares this same passion,” said Domtar’s Corporate Social Responsibility Manager Heather Stowe. “We really embrace the opportunity to work with them and make a meaningful difference in our communities. In fact, we normally have two events each year, but this year we have a third SCA event planned in Montreal to celebrate the city’s 375th anniversary.”