Bridgestone Americas, Inc. (BSAM) supported the United Way by holding a "Drive to 225 - United to the Finish Line" campaign. The campaign raised more than $230,000 for Middle Tennessee, far outshooting the initial fundraising goal. Teammates came together during the campaign week to enjoy various activities helpful for the non-profit. The United Way works with a coalition of charitable organizations to advance the common good with a focus on education, financial stability, and health in communities. BSAM has been a key supporter of the United Way, each year holding a campaign to raise funds for the Metropolitan Nashville chapter of the United Way.
"Round Up" Program
The Round Up program was established by Bridgestone Retail Operations, LLC.(BSRO) as part of the company's community giving and corporate social responsibility initiatives. At the end of a sales transaction, in all 2,200+ Firestone Complete Auto Care, Tires Plus, Expert Tire and Wheel Works locations across the United States, customers are asked if they'd like to "round up" their purchase total to the nearest dollar amount to benefit one of BSRO's charitable partners. These partners are each given a pre-determined time period during which their organization is the recipient of all Round Up funds. Since its inception, Round Up has contributed nearly $2 million to organizations including the Pediatric Cancer Foundation and Meals on Wheels Association of America. Additionally, BSRO supports Meals on Wheels at the local level, contributing to chapter fundraisers and deploying a team of employee volunteers who regularly deliver meals to Chicagoland seniors.
South Carolina Vocational Rehabilitation Partnership
The South Carolina Vocational Rehabilitation(SCVR) Department is an employment agency for people with disabilities. The Aiken County facility provides 16 jobs per day for tasks which include rubber recovery, cart painting and liner repair. The Aiken County facility was named the 2009 SCVR Business Partner of the Year for our dedication to helping those with disabilities. The passanger tire team received United Way's "Large Business of the Year," and the OR tire team received "Best New Campagin." Together passagenger tire and OR tire teams received "Second Highest Giving Aware" team members raised over $300 for United Way.
Meals on Wheels
For the past three years, teammate volunteers from our company have been delivering meals to people in the area who are unable to obtain meals for themselves. Every Tuesday, two volunteers deliver meals to six homes in LaVergne. We are entering our fourth year of serving meals to people in need. We also donated $6,000 to the Meals on Wheels program in 2012 from the Bridgestone Americas Trust Fund.
Backpacks for Students
LaVergne donated 150 backpacks filled with school supplies to all first grade students at our adopt-a-school, John Colemon School. We partner with a local company, United Stationers. A team from LaVergne delivered the backpacks to the school and gave to each student.
Smyrna Public Library
LaVergne donated $2,000 to the Smyrna Public Library for update of the Children's Area with paint and furniture.
LaVergne Rescue Squad
LaVergne provided tires for the LaVergne Rescue Squad emergency vehicle.
Holiday Greeting Card Contest
Wilson County elementary schools are invited to participate in the annual greeting card contest. Fourth graders compete to create the best artwork for the holidays. The winner's drawing is reproduced on the company greeting card (sent out to all teammates and vendors). The winning student wins savings bonds, and his or her art teacher at school receives a donation for the purchase of additional art supplies.
“Illinois Special Olympics” Special Olympics Area and State Competition
Salaried and union teammates provided support for the Heartland Area and Illinois State Summer Special Olympics. The Bridgestone Americas Trust Fund contributed to support the local and state summer games. Bloomington Plant started its support in 2009.
Annual Food Drive
We continue to provide non-perishable food for 7 local charitable organizations from 2011. The food is donated by teammates and distributed just before Thanksgiving.
Annual Toy Drive
In 2012, the Wilson teammates 'adopted' 100 children and 25 seniors citizens for Christmas through the Salvation Army. The Bridgestone Angels provided warm clothing, games, toys, food, and a helping hand to families with need in our community.
Chamber of Commerce Dynamic Leadership Classes
Wilson Plant continues to work with the Chamber of Commerce which sponsors a year-long leadership development course from 2011. Wilson 'high potential' teammates participate in each class, building strong relationships within the community as they learn new skills.
Career Days at the Mall
Wilson teammates provide insight into career choices for all 8th grade students in Wilson County public schools during October Career Days at the Mall. Typically, 850 to 1,100 students spend a school day at the local mall talking with representatives from local businesses and the local community college. One of the primary messages from participants to students is: "stay in school, graduate, and say no to drugs!" Students learn about continuing education and the curriculum at the community college. They visit a job fair where our teammates talk about the company. And, they participate in round table discussions where they learn about specific jobs and career paths.
Division 1 Industrial League Basketball
The year 2013 marked the 10th consecutive year that Bridgestone's team "BFS-CLASSIC" took home the league tournament champion trophy AND the regular season trophy again. Teammates are understandably proud of our company performance proceeding the March Madness with NCAA Basketball that erupts in our community.
Habitat for Humanity
A team of four Jacksonville teammates participated in the Habitat for Humanity in 2012. The teammates spent the day painting a home that was being refurbished.
In March 2012, teammates from the Jacksonville Distribution Center hosted a Chili Cook-Off to raise money for the Bridgestone Mud Run team for 2012. Every one of the seven flavors of chili served was excellent. The event raised $400 for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society and sponsored our Bridgestone Mud Run team.
Fill the Backpack Drive
The Teammates of the Jacksonville Distribution Center did a great job collecting school supplies to help out Pinedale Elementary. Five large boxes of school supplies and back packs were delivered to the school in August 2012.
Bears for Children's Hospital
Teammates from the Jacksonville Distribution Center went to a local children's hospital (Wolfson Children's Hospital) to deliver bears and other stuffed animals to patients. The idea came from a teammate whose son had been treated at the hospital. Through the efforts of Bridgestone teammates, we managed to deliver about 35 bears of all colors and sizes in 2012. One doctor taking care of a teenage girl commented that this was the first time he saw his patient smile since she had been at Wolfson. That makes it all worthwhile.
Making Strides against Breast Cancer
The teammates from the Jacksonville Distribution Center participated in the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk. The Jacksonville Distribution Center raised over $650 for the event through a bake sale and chili supper. More than 4,000 walkers took part.
The Jacksonville Distribution Center holds a blood drive for the Florida Blood alliance every four months. We have around 15 faithful donors who are willing to come forward and save lives by giving the "gift of life."
Mercy House provides housing and comprehensive support services to homeless men and women, mothers with their children and families. The Homeless Prevention Program provides financial assistance and support to prevent households from becoming homeless. Mercy House also provides transitional and permanent housing as well as Walk-In Centers for emergency services. Bridgestone Americas teammates provide services and support to people staying at Mercy House, concentrating on the children of homeless families.
Fill the Backpack Project for McEbright Elementary School
Akron teammates delivered a load of boxes with school supplies tailored to the individual needs of different classrooms. A total of 288 students received Bridgestone backpacks filled with supplies. Also supplied were facial tissues, hand sanitizers, extra school supplies, and items teachers could use as rewards for students who made exceptional efforts.
For this annual event in Akron, 40 Akron teammates serve water and powerade to the nearly 15,000 runners participating in the Akron Marathon races in 2012. In addition to providing fluids at the Bridgestone Fluid Station along the race course, an additional 70 Akron teammates participate by running in the event.
One of the ways we are helping our community is to coordinate a semi-annual Blood Drive. We have taken part in this project with support from the American Red Cross since 2008. our Teammates have donated over 40 pints of blood per year in the Red Cross bloodmobile.
In 2012 Bridgestone APM Company associates donated $9,712 to the United Way. In 2013 associates have pledged to donate $19,064. The United Way promotes programs to cut the number of high school dropouts, help people achieve financial stability, and promote healthy lives.
Volunteer Youth Activities
In 2012 Bridgestone APM Company associates volunteered their time to coach youth sports activities so that to help youth develop fundamentals for the sports they play and skills they can use during their lifetime, such as teamwork. Some examples of volunteer coaching activities include U10 Girls Fast Pitch Softball, Junior High School Boys Football, Upward Basketball, Hancock Soccer, and Findlay Youth Football.
Individual Volunteer Activities
In 2012 individual associates from Bridgestone APM Company volunteered their time to support the following activities and organizations: Coats for Christmas, Findlay Band Boosters, Cheer for a Cure, Mindi Justice Winter Cheer Extravaganza for College Scholarship, Upper Sandusky Music Department, United Way Days of Caring, Habitat for Humanity, Salvation Army Bell Ringing, Scouting for Food, St. Michael Parish Holiday Food Drive, and Cub and Boy Scouts of America.
Progressive Directions Inc
Progressive Directions Inc. (PDI) serves developmentally delayed adults and their families through center, home and community based programs. Bridgestone Metalpha U.S.A. Inc. (BMU) employs adults from PDI to help clean separators returned from the plants, inspect and repair pallets, sort gloves, and load and unload desiccant ovens. PDI awarded BMU as "Employer of the Year" in 2009. BMU also received the "Business of the Year" Award for supporting Employment in 2012.
Mission Clarksville: The Food Initiative
We sponsored a youth intern for the 2012 season. The Food Initiative is an activity to equip and empower young people with the tools they need to become productive, responsible, and compassionate contributors to our society. During our summer youth program, teenager interns were paid a wage to take part in a strenuous project to grow nutritious fruits and vegetables for the community and for local hunger relief organizations. The interns are discovering the rewards of hard work and the personal value of helping those less fortunate than themselves.
Go Commando Half Marathon and 5K
The Go Commando Half Marathon and 5K run were established in Clarksville, Tennessee in 2011. The course is set on the banks of a local river and runs through historic downtown Clarksville. The events are a shout-out to troops over at a nearby military base, Fort Campbell. Proudly, this is the only half marathon in Clarksville that both provides and receives support to and from local organizations. A local internet provider, for example, supplies all of the power needs. This is a not-for-profit event whose proceeds go to YMCA's Restore and ABC Outreach Programs, the Fort Campbell Historical Foundation, and APSU. The teammates of Bridgestone Metalpha USA, Inc. ran in the event 2011 and 2012.
Roxy Regional Theatre - The Wedding Singer
In 2012, Bridgestone Metalpha USA, Inc. supported the production of a musical comedy, "The Wedding Singer," at a theater in our community.
United Way of Greater Clarksville Area
United Way of the Greater Clarksville Area works with other agencies in the community as an outreach to help citizens meet financial, educational and health needs. Since 2005, Bridgestone Metalpha USA(BMU) has participated in a week long event each August called “Days of Caring”. BMU team members volunteer 4 hours of their time on their days off to go to partner agencies and paint, do landscaping, deliver meals, clean and assist with other agency needs. In the past 6 years 482 team members volunteered in this week. BMU holds an annual in-house campaign to raise money to help support the United Way. BMU has won the prestigious “Shine On Award” in 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2008, the “Leadership Ambassador Award” in 2007 and the “Ben C. Parks Award” in 1997 and 2002. A combined effort in volunteerism and in house campaigns has grown each year to demonstrate support for the community.
Relay for Life, American Cancer Society
Relay for Life is an annual event to raise money for the American Cancer Society. Area businesses and organizations participate by setting up a tent on a campsite overnight to raise money for cancer research. We have participated in Relay for Life for the past 15 years. Bridgestone Metalpha U.S.A., Inc. received an award for Exceptional Fundraising in 2012.
Partners in Education
Partnered with local school in county to provide support with educational initiatives. Partnered in teaching students interviewing skills and techniques, provided equipment donations to the school. In August 2010, Bridgestone Metalpha USA made a donation to start up the F.U.E.L(Full Uv Emmaus Love) program at the school. F.U.E.L provides food to students who may be in need. Donated to Education Foundation which supports the following programs: Academic Awards Recognition Program, Great Idea Teacher Grants, Kinder-Kits, STEM Initiative (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math), Foundation Scholarships and the Teacher's Warehouse.
Junior Achievement of Middle Tennessee
Junior Achievement of Middle Tennessee provides hands-on experience to young students in understanding the economics of life. Team members teach Success Skills, Business Ethics and Entrepreneurship in local schools to students in all grades.
Tennesse Kidney Foundation Kidney Walk
The Tennessee Kidney Foundation (formerly National Kidney Foundation) educates the community about the serious problem of kidney disease in the United States. They also provide assistance to those individuals who are waiting or in need of organ transplants. The Kidney Foundation of Middle Tennessee holds a Kidney Walk to help raise monies for its program. Since 2006, we have supported the foundation by providing annual donations. Our team members also participate in the Kidney Walk that is held in Clarksville, Tennessee.
Clarksville Chamber of Commerce
Bridgestone Metalpha USA(BMU) supports the Clarksville Chamber of Commerce as a Chamber Event Silver Sponsor. BMU is also supportive of the Chamber Ambassador Program. This program falls under the organization's Membership Development Services Committee. They serve as the public relations arm of the Chamber making sure that the needs of current members are being met through visits, calls & emails. They also help recruit new members and participate in events such as Business After Hours, Ribbon Cuttings, Ground Breakings, Power Breakfasts and many more. BMU donated to the Military Affairs Committee in Support of Warrior Week at Ft. Campbell Army Base.
Custom House Museum
We support the Customs House Museum in Clarksville by donating and attending their annual “Flying High” fundraiser. This event is held every year in June and includes a silent auction and a live auction following dinner. All proceeds go to the museum.
OneSite Global Eye Care
World Health Organization states that 314 million people worldwide suffer from poor vision simply because they do not have access to or cannot afford care. In some countries, a pair of eyewear costs more than a month's salary. Poor vision negatively effects a child's ability to learn in school and robs an adult of independence, mobility and quality of life. OneSight needs to collect two million pairs of gently used children's and adult eyewear to support their Global Clinics. OneSight's trained volunteers and doctors travel to countries worldwide to hand-deliver free primary vision care and donated eyewear once they have been sorted, repaired and inspected to thousands of adults and children in need.
Fundraising event at the plant - School bags
School bags filled with school stationery have been given to the principals of two elementary schools of Joliette since 2009.