For Immediate Release
Michelman held its 7th annual Commitment to Community Day, on September 21, 2018, when teams of employees from offices in the USA, Belgium, Luxembourg, China, Singapore, India, and Japan volunteered their time at numerous non-profits, schools, and charitable organizations around the globe.
“While ‘Giving’ is a core value here at Michelman and can be seen on a daily basis”, said Mr. Steve Shifman, President and CEO at Michelman, “our annual Commitment to Community day has become a special day that our entire team looks forward to each year. I’m extremely proud of the energy our associates put into this important event and thank each and every one of them for their caring and volunteering spirit.”
In the USA, associates spent the day assisting staffers at organizations including Teen Challenge Cincinnati, Easter Seals, People Working Cooperatively, and Redwood School and Rehabilitation Center Volunteer efforts ranged from helping with meals, cleaning transportation vehicles, painting and landscaping, to washing dishes.
In Europe, Michelman volunteers were spotted building a henhouse at Ecole Communale, a local village school in Belgium; weeding and gardening at Maison des Jeunes Aubange, a local youth house also in Aubange; and renovating furniture at Fondation Kraizbierg Domaine Schumansbongert, a resident care center for elderly disabled. Other volunteer destinations included EPAMS 55 – ITEP de Montmédy, a youth club; Maison Ste. Famille ACIS, a home and daycare Center for the mentally disabled; and Ecoles Fondamentales Libres Chiny, a local school.
In Asia, Michelman teams spread out across China, Singapore, India, and Japan. As part of Michelman’s purpose of innovating a sustainable future, associates from China helped categorize rubbish for recycling at the Tzu Chi Foundation in Jiangsu.
Michelman’s volunteers in Singapore spent the day with a team from MINDS (Movement for the Intellectually Disabled), where they helped chaperone children engaged with the organization on excursions to the S.E.A. Aquarium and the Kidzania indoor theme park.
In Mumbai, Michelman volunteers in their distinctive matching black shirts, enthusiastically helped out at “EarthAngels Welfare Foundation. An NGO passionately dedicated to “sharing joy” amongst orphans and homeless as well as vulnerable and terminally ill children and their families in India and across the world. Michelman associates provided building maintenance and distributed clothing and other supplies to these children and their families.
In Japan, the team made donations through the Japanese Red Cross Society to assist victims of the numerous natural disasters that occurred in Japan this past summer. The country experienced deadly typhoons, floods, and earthquakes that destroyed homes and property, and claimed the lives of many citizens. Two Michelman representatives visited the Japanese Red Cross Society office in Minato-ward, Tokyo to personally make the donations and express their sympathies.
“The organizations we had the privilege of helping and the countless others like them are in need of volunteer help each and every day.” said Mr. Shifman. “I’m humbled each year, not only by our associate’s enthusiastic participation, but by the organizations helping those in need that so graciously welcomed our help.”
Michelman is a global developer and manufacturer of environmentally friendly advanced materials for industry, offering solutions for the coatings, printing & packaging and industrial manufacturing markets. The company’s surface additives and polymeric binders are used by leading manufacturers around the world to enhance performance attributes and add value in applications including wood and floor care products, metal and industrial coatings, paints, varnishes, inks, fibers and composites. Michelman is also well-known as an innovator in the development of barrier and functional coatings, as well as digital printing-press primers that are used in the production of consumer and industrial packaging, paper products, labels, and commercially printed materials. Michelman serves its customers with production facilities in North America, Europe and Asia, product development and technical service centers in several major global markets, and a worldwide team of highly trained business development personnel.