Helping others is one of Mannington’s “do the right thing” core company attributes. In addition to supporting large national organizations, our associates can be counted on to lend a helping hand close to home, too. For example, here are three ways we help make a difference in Salem, New Jersey—the place we call home.
From spring to summer, the Olive Street Community Garden brings together volunteers of all ages to transform a vacant inner city lot into a vibrant garden where produce and flowers are grown. Kids learn new skills as they plant, harvest and sell some of what’s been grown at a nearby farmer’s market. Their families also benefit as recipients of fresh produce, too. During Mannington’s Centennial, Keith Campbell and Carolyn Campbell Brown (as representatives of the Campbell Family Council) donated a check for $10,000 to help the project continue to thrive and serve Salem families.
Like several Salem community projects, the Olive Street Community Garden came to life with the help of “Stand Up for Salem,” a volunteer based non-profit organization launched in 1988 by Mannington’s Johnny Campbell and a group of civic-minded residents. “Stand Up for Salem” focuses on inner city revitalization through grass root neighborhood projects. Following in his grandfather’s footsteps, Mannington Senior Vice President Zack Zehner now serves on the “Stand Up for Salem” Board of Directors in a leadership role.
Meal on Wheels of Salem County delivers 40,000 nutritious meals each year to homebound elderly and disabled area residents. Since 1977, this non-profit group has served over one million meals with volunteers donating about 62,000 miles and over 5,000 hours of time annually. We’re proud that we have several associates involved with this organization. Barb Bitter, Executive Secretary, and Sherry Hawkins, Manager of Process and System Compliance, both deliver meals. And Betsy Amoroso, Sr. Director of Corporate Communications, is on the Board of Directors.
The many ways in which Mannington associates lend a helping hand in their communities would fill a book. Chapter and verse, each tell the story of a company -and the people within it- who aspire to make the world a better place, one day at a time.