Community

Schnitzer has a long legacy of charitable giving and volunteerism in the communities where we operate. The Schnitzer tradition of generosity and community service lives on through the passion and commitment of our employees who support and participate in neighborhood cleanups, food drives, tree plantings and community building events.

Schnitzer's Portland, OR headquarters supports a number of local organizations and charities and our employees give back in the communities where they live and work. Corporate employees annually sponsor the "Giving Tree" for the Children's Home Society, donating resources and toys for children and families in need. Monthly volunteers from Schnitzer pack food at Oregon Food Bank's Portland warehouse. Schnitzer supports National Engineers Month where local yard and corporate employees volunteer in Portland classrooms to share about opportunities in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) careers and demonstrate a science experiment related to the metals industry.

Community Involvement is an Important Value to all Parts of our Business

Our Metals Recycling Business operates 55 facilities in 16 U.S. states, in Western Canada and in Puerto Rico. In all of those communities, Schnitzer and its employees support local charitable organizations and participate in the community. Some examples include:

  • Employees at our Tacoma, WA metals recycling facility donated steel to nearby Fort Lewis to provide sufficient armor for their High Mobility Vehicles (HMVs).
  • Our Kapolei, Hawaii yards support the Aloha Aina Recycling Drives in Oahu in partnership with the Kokua Hawaii Foundation, a non-profit specializing in community based recycling and education programs. Schnitzer donates all proceeds from the drives to local schools. In 2013, Schnitzer's involvement with the Aloha Aina events earned them the recognition as a Bright Spot in Hawaii Leadership by the Hawaii Green Growth Initiative.
  • Schnitzer's Pasco, WA yard provided a customized car crusher for a fundraiser at the 2013 Kidz-Dig-Rigz event to benefit the Kadlec Regional Medical Center's pediatric patients and their families.
  • In Portland, OR, our employees volunteer annually for the Friends of Trees plantings in neighborhoods and parks.
  • The Schnitzer team in Oakland, CA has supported the Mayor's Community Toy Drive, providing a toy-for-toy match on all donations by employees for children in need in the community.

Our Auto Parts Business operates 61 Pick-n-Pull facilities in the U.S. and Western Canada. From the corporate headquarters for Pick-n-Pull in Rancho Cordova, California to the individual stores, Pick-n-Pull supports many local organizations in the communities where it operates. Some examples include:

  • Pick-n-Pull stores gather donations at every retail store for the national Racing to Stop Hunger campaign that supports local food banks. In fiscal 2013, the campaign funded a total of 446,808 meals.
  • Employees at our Pick-n-Pull offices joined the Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) walk-a-thon in Sacramento, CA and donated $5,000 to the cause.
  • Many Pick-n-Pull facilities support fire safety and prevention efforts by providing space and auto bodies for local fire departments to use in "Jaws of Life" and other lifesaving training exercises.

Our Steel Manufacturing Business operates Cascade Steel Rolling Mills in McMinnville, OR where Cascade is a cornerstone of the local community. As a major employer in this small community, Cascade Steel also supports local organizations and its employees participate in regular volunteer opportunities. Some other examples of Cascade's community involvement include:

  • Cascade has supported various efforts to fight against childhood cancer and donated steel rebar used to construct a nearby children's hospital.
  • In 2013, Cascade was recognized by the Office of the Secretary of Defense for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve. By supporting employee participation in America's National Guard and Reserve Force, Cascade was recognized for contributions to national security and protecting liberty and freedom.

Schnitzer recognizes the need to help our communities across the country when disaster strikes. In 2011, when Hurricane Sandy hit the east coast causing dramatic property damage and personal loss, Schnitzer matched $10,000 in employee donations to the Red Cross disaster relief efforts. When Hurricane Katrina devastated the Gulf Coast in August 2005, Schnitzer employees demonstrated their generosity by responding with donations to the charities of their choice. In addition to fully matching employee contributions, Schnitzer donated $50,000 to Mercy Corps and a total of $100,000 to local Red Cross chapters in Louisiana, Mississippi, Georgia and Alabama. When the tsunami struck Southeast Asia just after the holidays in 2004, Schnitzer immediately donated $125,000 to Mercy Corps to support relief efforts.