On May 1, Graphic Packaging’s Kalamazoo mill kicked off its backpack drive benefiting Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southwest Michigan. The drive, which runs through June 30, collects backpacks for “littles” ages six to 16 involved in the nonprofit’s programming.
Created in 1958, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southwest Michigan positively impacts the lives of youth throughout Kalamazoo and surrounding counties. It makes meaningful, monitored matches between mentors (Bigs) and children (Littles). Graphic Packaging is proud to support an organization making such a difference in our local community!
The drive has only just kicked off, but we are already seeing extraordinary involvement from our employees. One employee in particular showcased his philanthropic spirit by visiting multiple stores to clear out their backpack inventory, ultimately donating 40 backpacks to the cause. We are grateful for the generosity of our employees, and we have set a goal of donating 150 backpacks from the mill.
At Graphic Packaging, our three community pillars, which guide our sustainable business practices, community service activities and philanthropic commitments are:
- Putting Food on the Table
- Investing in Education
- Preserving the Environment
We are happy to invest in the education of local students by giving them refreshed school gear through this drive.