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MWV Specialty Chemicals Wins National Award for Community Involvement
8/14/2013 12:35:08 PM


MWV Specialty Chemicals, a division of MeadWestvaco Corporation (NYSE: MWV) based in North Charleston, S.C., is the winner of the National Asphalt Pavement Association (NAPA)’s 2012 Community Involvement Award. The company received the award Monday, July 15, at a ceremony during the association’s Midyear Meeting in Boston.

The award is given to asphalt companies that serve their communities through outstanding programs and projects.

Much of MWV’s community outreach is connected to Trident United Way and its goals of improving education, financial stability, and health. Last year, 300 employees contributed to the annual United Way campaign which resulted in a $740,837 donation to the local community, and included a match from the MWV Foundation.

“The relationship is a perfect fit for us and has continued to grow year after year,” said Andrew Crow, MWV’s vice president, Asphalt Innovations. “We are dedicated to supporting the communities in which we operate. Trident United Way provides us with many opportunities throughout the year to fulfill these commitments.”

During Trident United Way’s Day of Caring event, MWV employees spent the day focusing on community development and education at two local nonprofit organizations - Metanoia and the Charleston Promise Neighborhood. Employees constructed a shed, planted a butterfly garden, hung drywall, and installed insulation to drive continuous improvement for the local community.

"Both of these projects received great employee participation,” Crow said.
A second project benefiting Metanoia provided an opportunity for high school seniors to shadow MWV employees for two weeks in different areas of the business, including carbon technologies, oilfield chemicals, asphalt innovations, and plant operations.

Children and schools are other areas at the heart of the company’s community involvement. MWV’s “Communities in Schools” campaign supports a nationwide dropout prevention program, providing at-risk students with much needed moral support to help them stay in school. MWV employees participated in the “Lunch Buddies” program at a local elementary school meeting with students weekly to develop and cultivate lasting relationships.

Employees also joined the fight against poverty housing by helping to build a home that benefited Charleston’s Habitat for Humanity Women Build, promoting quality and sustainable building technology.

Employees are encouraged to volunteer during business hours, and they regularly share their talents in the local community. 

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