We believe that good corporate citizenship means actively working to make the community a better place to live and work. We support a variety of educational and mentoring programs, contribute time and money to a wide range of local charities, sponsor community events and conduct outreach programs that promote understanding among our neighbors.
"Cornerstone has a vested interest in educational programs, especially in science, for many reasons. Today’s children are our employees of the future, and to be viable, productive employees they will need a sound scientific foundation."
-- Dave Schnake, Director of Human Resources
It is also a priority to keep our local community and near neighbors informed of our operations. To accomplish this, we have established a community advisory panel, or CAP, made up of local community leaders and neighbors. The CAP’s mission is to open and maintain a dialog with neighbors and local citizens about plant operations and to answer any concerns about the plant’s impact on the environment.
Cornerstone has funded and supplied volunteers for the following programs:
- Mentoring Program: This program involves volunteers from the local business community spending one hour a week at elementary and middle schools. About 15 Cornerstone volunteers mentor students at R.K. Smith Middle School in Luling. Cornerstone has supported this program from the start by providing volunteer mentors and was recognized by the national organization HOSTS for its contributions and leadership in the local program. We were one of nine companies nationwide to receive this recognition!
- Job Shadowing Program: Each year, the Cornerstone Fortier Facility opens its doors to host job shadowing days. High school students from the area pair with employees in various functions to learn more about various career paths. Students receive a plant tour and spend time with employees in the field.
- United Way Contribution & Volunteerism Program: Cornerstone employees have been generous contributors to the United Way Southeast Louisiana chapter for years. In fact, the Cornerstone Fortier Facility has been a Centennial Club Member (donations over $100,000 per year) for the past decade. However, our involvement does not stop with monetary donations. Cornerstone employees have volunteered to work in the agencies, to serve on the board of directors of the local United Way chapter and to help with a number of projects to repair, beautify, and improve schools, agencies and houses in nearby communities.
- Cooking Program: Cornerstone employee volunteers cook! We supply ingredients and volunteers to prepare and serve food for worthy causes. Recent events Cornerstone employee volunteers cooked for include: Multiple Sclerosis Society Tour for Cure, United Way functions and the Ochsner Levee run. In this effort, Cornerstone employee volunteers have served over 20,000 people in the last decade!
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