Glatfelter PEOPLE help build stronger communities in the classroom and beyond.
Elementary school children in York County received special lessons in work readiness, entrepreneurship, and financial literacy. The instruction was thanks to Glatfelter volunteers and Junior Achievement, a U.S.-based nonprofit organization that is focused on empowering young people to own their economic success.
“It’s a rewarding way for us to immerse ourselves in the local community,” says Korri Struble, a human resources generalist for Glatfelter, who taught sessions for first- and second-graders as part of the program. “We talk [with the children] about entrepreneurship and other business concepts in a fun way.”
Employees from Glatfelter’s Spring Grove facility and corporate offices were able to select a school—perhaps where their children attend, their alma mater, or a school close to their office—and grade level, and then guide five or six 30 – 40 minute sessions over the course of several weeks.
Everybody wins. Students enjoy experiential learning through the fresh perspective of their volunteers. Glatfelter PEOPLE enjoy the satisfaction of sharing their real-world experiences in a way that benefits their local community. And York County communities become more robust.
Developing stronger communities through philanthropic and volunteer opportunities is at the heart of Glatfelter’s commitment to social responsibility.
It’s an initiative that is carried out on a global scale. Glatfelter’s 4,300 PEOPLE are encouraged to live out the company’s core values of integrity, financial discipline, mutual respect, customer focus, and environmental and social responsibility—inside and outside of work.
“Together, Glatfelter PEOPLE are contributing to the betterment of the communities in which we operate and live around the world,” says Struble.