Here it is — our complete 65 Acts of Good list! These acts spanned the globe, across our U.S. and international facilities, and were completed on behalf of our communities, our business partners and each other. While this was a special initiative in celebration of Worthington's 65th anniversary, it's worth noting that for our employees, these are things they do, no matter the day, no matter the year. It's who they are, our Makers of Better.
A team of employees participated in the "My Pelotonia for 2020" platform, setting individual fundraising and activity goals to honor and support cancer research, such as preparing meals for patients undergoing chemotherapy and participating in virtual races.
Employees made and donated over 600 face shields to the Northeast Face Shield Project, which distributed them to local hospitals, foodbanks and organizations around the area.
West Warwick, RI
This year, the Company donated approximately 600 laptops and desktops to the Central Ohio Broadcast Access Pilot Program. This program puts computers and hotspots in the homes of local students at no cost, helping to bridge the digital divide in our community.
Our Monroe and Cleveland, OH facilities organized several onsite blood drives throughout the year to ease the critical need for blood in their areas, with many employees participating as first time donors.
Monroe & Cleveland, OH
Our IT team and CIO provided program support for St. Vincent Family Center, including infrastructure upgrades and the implementation of an Electronic Health Records system.
The Company donated $20 million to the Worthington Industries Foundation to establish a charitable endowment, as well as $1 million in grants to address increased needs in our community due to the pandemic.
As the need for Meals on Wheels services grew during the pandemic, our employees continued daily deliveries to ensure elderly and homebound residents safely received their meals.
Worthington donated $1,500, sponsoring two teams for Paducah's Big Brown Truck Pull in support of Special Olympics, and several employees joined in the fun to pull a loaded 18-wheeler 12 feet in the shortest time!
Employees purchased holiday gifts for approximately 50 families in need through their local Salvation Army Angel Tree program.
Monroe & Middletown, OH
Our Steel facilities in Cleveland hosted food drives for Thanksgiving, turning their giving into a competition for the most donations. The real winners were all those in need who benefited from both locations’ generosity!
Steel Monroe and Middletown donated over $800 worth of food to their local pantry for the Thanksgiving holiday.
Monroe & Middletown, OH
Our Steel Support team adopted a family through the Columbus Cancer Clinic, purchasing all the gifts on their holiday wish list and providing an additional $715 in grocery, gas and restaurant gift cards.
In support of Breast Cancer Awareness month, our Cleveland Steel Strip facility hosted 50/50 raffles, an employee golf outing and sold pink swag, raising nearly $4,000 for the American Cancer Society. Our Columbus facility also hosted fundraisers including pie eating and pie-a-manager contests, raising nearly $2,000.
Cleveland & Columbus, OH
Our Spartan Monroe team provided a $500 holiday donation to their local Habitat for Humanity to assist a grandmother and her three adopted grandchildren, who celebrated their fourth year in their Habitat home.
Employees raised and donated over $1,100 to Sheffield City School district - enabling schools to purchase masks in various sizes for students and teachers.
Corporate and support employees purchased and donated more than 750 toys to the Salvation Army Toy Drive, an over $15,000 value, and raised another $900 through Red Kettle bell ringing. The team also covered 50 volunteer hours between bell ringing and the Salvation Army's Christmas Cheer event, where toys and meals get distributed.
Corporate & Support
Worthington hosted an annual United Way Campaign, and between employee donations and our Company match, raised over $133,000 for United Way to help our surrounding communities.
Rome employees organized a snow pants drive for a local elementary school, to complement traditional coat drives, giving students complete snow suits.
Over the holidays, our Cylinders Columbus facility stuffed stockings for children in need, which were distributed through Compassion Outreach Ministries of Ohio. They also adopted a family through Columbus Cancer Clinic, fulfilling their wish list with over $900 in donations.
A team of employees at our Delta facility volunteered at Open Door of Delta, a meal outreach program, serving 180 meals.
Our Kienberg, Austria facility delivered gifts and baked goods to two local kindergarten classes and a mental health residential facility ahead of the Easter holiday.
Our Worthington Samuel Coil Processing facilities completed a shoe donation drive for Earth Day, donating a whopping 298 pairs to Soles4Souls, a non-profit that turns unwanted shoes into opportunities.
Cleveland & Twinsburg, OH
Our Jackson facility collected donations for the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services to distribute to the children of Jackson County, filling two vans with personal hygiene items, infant supplies, child safety items, clothing and more.
Our Delta employees provided donations that helped supply Easter care packages for 100 veterans at a local veterans hospital.
The WAVE Corporate team volunteered at a local produce farm, picking 500 pounds of peppers that were donated to the Chester County Food Bank.
Our Poland facility completed a push-up challenge for charity, supporting children suffering from spinal muscular atrophy type 1. Employees were challenged to complete a push-up goal and make a donation. If they didn't reach their goal, they doubled their donation!
A team of 10 employees completed the Buck Fifty 150-mile relay in summer 2020 and spring 2021, each in just over 22 hours, benefitting Drug Free Clubs of America.
Our Rome team filled an entire truck bed with donated food, providing COVID-safe meals for over 1,000 residents through the Rome Rescue Mission.
Worthington donated nearly 200 propane tanks to FEMA for Texas emergency relief, which helped long-term care facilities and southeast Texas communities that were without power.
Each of Worthington’s facilities joined in the Company’s Green Star initiative, a program that aims to increase environmental awareness, drive continuous improvement and reward facilities for performance in environmental conservation and stewardship. One example action through this initiative was the purchase of over 350 carbon offsets, which help fund projects in communities across the country that reduce greenhouse gas emissions. A carbon offset is a certificate representing the reduction of one metric ton (2,205 lbs) of carbon dioxide emissions.
In April, our Porter facility completed a food drive and between monetary and food donations, contributed $1,000 to the Salvation Army of Porter County.
Our Jefferson facility's employee council and leadership team safely boxed and distributed over 100 lunches to the Jefferson Senior Center.
Our West Warwick, RI facility created a multi-day fundraiser to benefit the Lupus Foundation, including a bake sale, raffle prizes and a t-shirt sale, raising $3,720.
West Warwick, RI
Our Steel Support team took funds typically used to host a teambuilding "Olympics" event and donated them to charity, contributing a total of $2,000 among organizations including, the Salvation Army, Ronald McDonald House, Clintonville Food Pantry, Habitat for Humanity, the Veteran’s Hospital and Mid-Ohio Foodbank!
Employees filled 48 bags of clothing and household items for veterans through the "Fill a Bag for a Vet" campaign run by Vietnam Veterans of America.
In celebration of Earth Day, our Delta facility planted 180 trees and completed an adopt-a-highway cleanup.
Our Decatur facility made a donation and took part in the North Alabama Trail Riders Association’s annual charity poker run, benefitting organizations including St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, A Kid’s Place Child Advocacy Center and their local fire department. In total, the event raised $45,000 to be shared among the benefactors.
Westerville employees donated over $500 to the Westerville Area Resource Ministry in memory of Roger Kerekes, a long-time employee who lost his battle to cancer this year.
Worthington’s IT team created an app that allows our truck drivers to check-in and sign all documents from their personal phones without leaving their trucks – a complete touch-free solution, which increases safety and convenience for both drivers and our employees.
Our Delta facility partnered with Northwest State Community College, The Northwest Ohio Educational Service Center and Ohio Means Jobs Fulton County to pilot a program called "Future of Fulton County," helping prepare students for manufacturing jobs after they finish high school.
To address a growing need, Our WAVE joint venture partnered with Medical Illumination International to deliver a solution for healthier spaces, VidaShield UV24™, an in-ceiling continuous UV-C Purification System for filtering and reducing bacteria and contaminants in environmental air.
Through regular monitoring, Worthington's Cyber Security team is able to spot customer and vendor emails coming through our servers that have been hacked within their own environments, and proactively notifies and advises our partners, so they can take corrective action.
Our Paducah team completely reworked their shop floor to facilitate a new collar and valve for their industrial cylinders, swapping the previous handle welder for a projection or collar welder, to provide a more harmonized product for our customers and safer process for our employees.
During National Truck Driver Appreciation Week, Worthington facilities across the Company participated by recognizing and thanking our truck drivers by displaying banners, distributing over 2,000 t-shirts and box lunches.
Our Chilton team has gone the extra mile to ensure customers come first, amid rising demand. Office and administrative staff have jumped in to support floor activities and the facility also added a third press to increase capacity.
Our Steel Processing business provided a $3,000 donation to the University of Pittsburgh to fund a new automated vibropolisher, benefitting the students and our customers with the research and product innovation it enables.
Our Monroe facility hosted a virtual Parent-Student night for their local high school's 2021 seniors, inviting them to learn more about our operations and career opportunities in manufacturing post-graduation. Several teachers and the school's guidance counselor and principal were also in attendance.
In partnership with Hilliard and Worthington City Schools, the Company completed its third Worthington Workforce Experience program and graduation, which gives high school seniors the opportunity to learn first-hand the skills necessary to work in a manufacturing environment with the potential at the end of the experience to join our team.
Our Kienberg, Austria facility prioritized production of medical oxygen cylinders amid the pandemic crisis in India, as COVID cases surged, to be ready to meet the need.
As demand for camping and propane cylinders rapidly grew during the pandemic, our Maize facility made a number of changes to keep up with demand and our customers' needs, including transitioning to a 24/7 operation, and will also be adding a third press enabling the facility to increase capacity by 25 percent.
During October, our WAVE Alpharetta facility hosted a breast cancer awareness campaign to educate employees on symptoms, treatments and preventive care benefits including mammograms. They also hosted a bake sale with proceeds donated to the National Breast Cancer Foundation.
Our Delta facility spread holiday cheer to employees’ homes, purchasing and distributing gifts for each employee’s child(ren), ages 0-18, noting, “A thank you for sharing your parent with us,” during a particularly challenging year.
During the pandemic, as demand for many of our essential products skyrocketed, approximately 40 Corporate and support employees volunteered to be trained and cover manufacturing shifts in our facilities to support our frontline workforce.
Corporate & Support
The Company recently launched its Worthington CARES Employee Fund, which provides grants to help our employees navigate hard times, such as unforeseen circumstances like fires and floods, funeral expenses following the death of a family member and resources to escape domestic violence situations.
Worthington's onsite Medical Center conducted over 10 COVID-19 vaccine clinics, safely and conveniently vaccinating more than 500 employees and dependents during work hours.
In response to the pandemic, the Company created a monthly "In This Together" e-newsletter filled with resources and support to help employees and their families navigate the additional challenges. As a resource example, our Worthington Industries Medical Center Counselor hosted Facebook Live Q&A sessions.
Employees at our TWB Canada facility provided donations to purchase and fill bags with school supplies as a surprise for the children of employees at its sister facility in Mexico.
TWB Mexico & Canada
To help our employees feel safe, informed and connected to a trusted resource, Worthington Industries Medical Director Dr. Bill Gegas regularly provided Companywide video and written messages to answer employee questions around COVID-19 safety, vaccines and more.
Our Monroe facility partnered with RiteAid to offer convenient, onsite COVID-19 vaccines to employees at work.
At Worthington, the safety of our people is our top priority. Along with regular safety training and protocols, employees took on more to ensure each others' safety throughout the pandemic. Even with the additional challenges, our Company achieved a record safety performance this year!
For a little fun, friendly competition and exercise, Worthington hosted a virtual wall-sit challenge for employees. The employee who held the position the longest won swag and eternal bragging glory!
During the pandemic, when mail deliveries were experiencing severe delays, Worthington Industries Pharmacy staff went the extra mile to ensure employees and families got critical prescriptions with no gaps in coverage by tracking packages, calling doctor’s offices for new prescriptions and the pharmacy insurance provider for billing overrides.
Several WAVE facilities hosted Bring Your Kids to Work Day, inviting our employees' children to learn and see what their parents do each day. The day included a welcome breakfast, plant tours, routine stretching exercises and each child received a "job offer" for the day.
Alpharetta, GA & Los Angeles, CA
Worthington hosted a virtual 6.5K in celebration of its 65th anniversary, providing a fun way for employees and family members to focus on wellness, while also raising $3,500 for charity from the Worthington Industries Foundation.
To recognize our frontline employees for their work throughout the pandemic, gift cards and hand-signed thank you notes from leadership were mailed home to employees and their families. Corporate and support teams across the Company also shared handwritten messages, signs and videos.