Caterpillar's product, technologies and solutions help build a better world every day. But, Building Better goes beyond the iron. It’s about building better communities. Together, Caterpillar, the Caterpillar Foundation and our employees are contributing time and resources to promoting the health and welfare of communities in which we work and live.
One such recent example comes from our backyard in Peoria, Illinois. Recently, the Peoria Area Food Bank announced a donation from the Caterpillar Foundation towards new refrigerator and freezer units at the Food Bank. The units are used to store goods the food bank distributes, which, on any given day, could be as much as 10,000 pounds of foods.
In addition, the Caterpillar Foundation's investment with Feeding America also benefits the Peoria Area Food Bank and many others across the United States in communities with Caterpillar facilities. In 2016 alone, the Foundation's food-related investments in the United States directly supported 319,000 people nationally, with over 2.9 million meals equaling 3.5 million pounds of food. When you include people outside of the United States supported by the Foundation's investments, the impact is even greater.
When people’s basic human needs – such as the availability of healthy, nutritious meals – are met, they are able to more effectively pursue economic and education opportunities, ultimately lifting them out of the spiral of poverty and placing them on the path to prosperity," said Michele Sullivan, Caterpillar director of corporate social innovation and Caterpillar Foundation president. "It takes all of us working together as a community to address these issues. When we work together, we are stronger...and that's exactly what we need to do to alleviate extreme poverty."
Check out more great examples of how Caterpillar and our people are volunteering time, talent and resources to improve our communities.
Caterpillar's Progress Rail team is partnering with Marshall County schools in Alabama to help improve the graduation rates where the company is headquartered. Improving graduation rates is imperative to the health, welfare and economic stability of the community where over 300 of our employees live and work.
Shanghai employees building a better world, one piece of trash at a time
Employees from Caterpillar's Shanghai office, along with their families, are helping to reduce waste and pollution by collecting trash at Tianma Mountain.
Last year, Caterpillar announced a three-year investment in Peoria Public Schools. Part of the investment will support a program designed to ensure more students finish high school and are prepared to earn a degree. Despite eight out of ten Illinois jobs requiring more than just a high school diploma, fewer high school students are graduating, and the percentage of those who do earning a two- or four-year degree is decreasing.
ITDD and ACM employees help build a better future for their children and the company
Caterpillar's Innovation & Technology Development and Advanced Components Manufacturing employees know that encouraging the next generation of workers to pursue careers in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) starts at home - with their own kids. That's why they brought their kids to work recently to show them a day in the life at Caterpillar. More than 500 Caterpillar kids participated in hands on activities that included operating simulators and drones and trying out the Virtual Reality Cave.
ITDD employees recognized as outstanding volunteer organization
For the last two and half years, Caterpillar's Innovation & Technology Development employees in the Peoria area have come together to volunteer their time to support the South Side Mission - an organization serving residents in one of the poorest zip codes in the country, which happens to be blocks from our downtown Peoria offices. From painting to clean up efforts and even plans to build a mini golf course, ITDD employees are making a difference in many lives. The South Side Mission awarded the team with their Loaves and Fishes award, given each year to an organization that demonstrates outstanding dedication and service to the South Side Mission.
CXL employees volunteer their time and resources at local special education school
Caterpillar Xuzhou Ltd. employees in China have supported the children of the Xuzhou Pengcheng Special Education School for 16 years in a number of ways, including financial and other needed donations, with the goal of helping them find jobs after graduation.