Volunteerism & Outreach
Albemarle Foundation serves as a solid platform to help our employees Power Potential throughout their communities. With countless opportunities for volunteerism and outreach, our employees seek to walk and talk the CARE core value by utilizing the tools and resources of Albemarle Foundation to make a positive difference in their communities. As individuals, and collectively as a global company, we work passionately each day to make a profound impact in our world. Together, we make our communities even more prosperous, healthy and vibrant - simply put, we Grow the Good!
The Volunteer Grant program gives all eligible employees, retirees and Board of Directors the opportunity to further support charitable organizations by honoring their volunteer time and sweat equity with up to $1,000 grants per calendar year. In addition, site-wide volunteer projects also honor the site’s outreach efforts with grants, in alignment with number of employees engaged, of up to $5,000.
Check out some of the volunteerism and outreach opportunities that our employees are involved in:
Employees in Bayport & Clear Lake
For over 6 consecutive years, employees at our Bayport and Clear Lake sites have volunteered with CYCLE. CYCLE is a children's charity that rewards students with new bicycles for achieving better academic performance in the classroom.This year, our employees contributed more than $20,000 to the organization. But - they also dedicated hours of service to CYCLE by spending a day onsite to help build more than 700 bikes to donate to the program!
Albemarle’s newest class of interns put our Core Value of CARE into action by spending an afternoon completing a service project for the Arts Empowerment Project. Based in Charlotte, the Arts Empowerment Project matches children affected by violence and abuse to meaningful, fulfilling arts experiences. At-risk children who participate in the arts can discover an outlet for positive self-expression, personal growth and healing. While volunteering, interns got to show off their creativity by decorating and customizing keepsake boxes to go with their HeART packs. “I enjoyed getting to know more about the Foundation and the work of the Arts Empowerment Project," said Cat Renzaglia, a logistics intern based in Charlotte. "The service project was a good way to come together for such a great cause and have fun at the same time. It was nice knowing that our intern class was able to make an impact."
In the Charlotte Community
Last fall The Albemarle Foundation announced a $10 million educational initiative in Charlotte, which was matched by Bank of America. Heart Math Tutoring, a math intervention program that recruits, trains and supports volunteers as tutors in high-poverty elementary schools in Charlotte, was chosen as one of the donation recipients. Over the next five years, Heart Math will receive $1,250,000, enabling continued program growth and student impact. “As we were considering where to invest, I heard from many people about the positive difference that Heart Tutoring volunteers are making for students across the city. At Albemarle Foundation, we 'Grow the Good' and are excited to grow the great work Heart Math is doing, to ensure many more students get the help they need," said Sandra Holub, Albemarle Foundation Executive Director. This year 10 Albemarle employees stepped up to volunteer with Heart Math Tutoring. They are among 1,200 volunteers at 23 school sites in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools. The Albemarle Foundation's donation supports four school sites, including Huntingtowne Farms Elementary, which is only about 10 minutes from our corporate headquarters.