The power of volunteering: Ada cement plant makes a real impact in their


Spring has sprung in Ada and during this season of renewal, Ada cement plant employees have been actively renewing their commitment and service to the place they love with projects they love! Their community efforts include a pet food/supplies drive, CPR training, and providing scholarships for local students. 

PAWS

The Pontotoc Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) is a non-profit animal shelter located in Ada, Oklahoma, whose mission is to save the lives of unwanted pets by changing the negative view that society has on shelters and adoption. Volunteers from the Ada plant donate needed items, ranging from dog/cat food and treats, to blankets, toys, and much more. The plant matches all employee donations.

PPE Donation to SOAR

Southern Oklahoma Addiction Recovery (SOAR) mission is “to provide a long-term therapeutic work program for recovery from drug and alcohol addiction for court-ordered, non-violent offenders as an alternative to incarceration.”

Ada Cement plant donated PPE for the people who are in the work program to assist them in working safer. The donation included 4 dozen sets of vests, safety glasses, ear plugs, and numerous pairs of steel toed work boots.

Scholarships

Since 2010, the Ada cement plant has provided to students in the local community, five $500 scholarships a year, totaling $27,500, to lessen the financial burden for their education. There have now been 55 recipients who have attended colleges and universities, like East Central University (ECU), Murray State College (MSC), Seminole Junior College, Oklahoma State University (OSU), University of Oklahoma (OU), OBU, and numerous others.

The 2021 Holcim Scholarship recipients are Caden Berry, Ada; Hunter Cook, Epic; Racen Reed, Vanoss; Emily Sells, Allen; and Logan Wilson, Byng.    

CPR/ First Aid Training

During the month of April, the Ada Cement Plant offered CPR/First Aid training each week at the Pontotoc Technology Center to all Ada plant employees who were interested. A total of 29 employees were trained and certified on adult and child/infant CPR. Even though the focus was on adults for possible work-related incidents, child/infant CPR was incorporated so all trainees would also emerge knowing the proper training for children as well. Additional classes will be offered in May for those who could not attend in April.  

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