January 19, 2024 By P&PC Staff
Domtar is investing in community libraries across Canada and the United States, committing to supporting literacy.
The company shares in a press statement that it recognizes the integral connection between paper and learning, as well as the unique role of local libraries.
As part of its 175th anniversary celebration, the company made one of the largest community investments in its history to support the construction of a new community library in Windsor, Quebec, home to its Windsor Mill. Domtar committed $225,000 to support the project, which will relocate the Patrick Dignan Library to a new building that will offer more space and improved accessibility.
“Domtar’s partnership with the library project is a natural fit. In addition to being a mobilizing and inclusive project for the entire community, it is directly linked to our product, paper,” says Sylvain Bricault, general manager of the Windsor Mill.
In other communities across Canada and the United States, Domtar’s Powerful Pages initiative helps it promote education and emphasize literacy through a partnership with First Book. This partnership allows the company to provide new books to children who may not otherwise have access to books of their own.
Through an initiative with Classroom Central in Charlotte, North Carolina, the company provides thousands of books for elementary school teachers to expand their classroom libraries.
Employees also recognize the importance of community libraries and have invested their time and energy to sustain them.
The Johnsonburg Mill in Pennsylvania has given more than $20,000 to support the Johnsonburg Public library in the past few years, and employees have used 2K Your Way projects to enhance the space. Johnsonburg Mill employee Marsha Muroski serves on the board of directors.
At other sites in Arkansas, Kentucky and Wisconsin, Domtar has contributed to expanding book selections and enhancing spaces for reading.
“We’re proud to have a legacy of being a good neighbour in our local communities around North America and supporting deserving organizations,” says Jan Martin, director of communications and public affairs for Domtar.
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