Our employees tell us they feel more energized and fulfilled when they spend time volunteering in their communities.
In countless ways, they generously offer their skills, compassion and dedication to improve the world we live in.
They are at the heart of our community engagement program and we are proud to support their efforts.
- Serve on local Giving Fund advisory
committees to ensure our charitable dollars have a direct impact and meet the unique needs of their communities.
- Link their volunteer efforts with our formal giving program, making company contributions go further.
- Help secure company grant money for the nonprofits and other organizations they serve through our WAVES program.
- Take time to assist communities through the Disaster Relief Employee Volunteer Program.
- Collect and donate diapers through our annual companywide
Operation Diaper Drive.
Our WAVES Make Quite a Splash
From individual mentoring to building houses together, our employees are enthusiastic volunteers. We encourage
and support their causes through our Weyerhaeuser Active Volunteer Employees program, also known as WAVES, honoring
time for both team-based projects and individual service.
Sponsored by our Giving Fund, individuals or teams can apply for WAVES grants to support a broad range of social,
environmental and economic organizations that employees volunteer for in their communities. This combination of
funding and employee volunteerism strengthens local nonprofit and civic programs, helping to make them even more
In 2012, 1,357 of our employees completed more than 164 service projects and contributed more than 31,820 volunteer
hours through our WAVES program. As a result of their efforts, our Giving Fund awarded 164 WAVES grants of $1,000
to $5,000 to the organizations where they volunteered. Our employees were joined by retirees, family, and friends
for many of these projects.
|Employee Volunteer Hours
|WAVES Grants Provided
|Dollars Donated through WAVES Grants
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DISASTER RELIEF AND RESPONSE
Meeting basic needs becomes even more urgent when dealing with the aftermath of a natural disaster. Through the
years we have responded by donating time, skills, cash and building products to help affected families and communities.
Additionally, through our Disaster Relief Employee Volunteer Program, employees may take up to 80 hours per year
of paid time off to help a Weyerhaeuser location or community affected by disaster. Employees volunteer with a
qualified nonprofit agency or government agency that is actively working to assist the affected community.
In certain cases, employees may also partner with a qualified organization outside North America if Weyerhaeuser
has formally declared support to the rebuilding efforts. In 2010, we made a commitment to assist with the rebuilding
efforts in Haiti after the devastating hurricane. In 2012 and early 2013, 29 of our employees, along with 10
family members, traveled to Haiti to build homes. Learn more about our original financial
commitment and rebuilding efforts on this blog post.
EMPLOYEE VOLUNTEER OF THE QUARTER AWARD
Each quarter, we award a special recognition to a Weyerhaeuser employee or team for their volunteer efforts and
outstanding community service. We are fortunate to have so many employees who share their time and talents to
help improve their communities. This award recognizes the best in Weyerhaeuser spirit while encouraging volunteerism
and civic participation. Anyone can nominate a Weyerhaeuser employee volunteer by filling out and submitting this nomination form.
This is a competitive process. Please be sure your "story" is compelling and tells the selection committee why
this person stands out. Remember, the selection committee could be hearing about your nominee, and his or her
volunteer activities, for the first time. Here are some helpful things to consider:
- How does this person's volunteer work benefit your local community?
- Does this person take initiative? Is he or she innovative and creative in problem solving or finding solutions?
- How does he or she inspire others?
- Does he or she demonstrate selflessness and commitment to the project, program and to the community?
- Is he or she committed for the long term?
- All nominees must be active Weyerhaeuser employees.
Award recipients are announced at our quarterly companywide employee forums and a $1,000 WAVES grant is awarded
to the nonprofit, school or civic organization of the recipient's choice.
Our 2012 Volunteers of the Quarter
Third Quarter 2012:
Dave Little, director, Corporate Finance, Pardee Homes , Los Angeles, CA
Dave is a reserve deputy sheriff with the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department and a sworn peace officer assigned
to the San Dimas Mountain Rescue Team. In 2011 alone, he gave SDMRT more than 700 volunteer hours and participated
in many of the team's 60 search-and-rescue operations. In 2008, Little and his wife Marissa also partnered with
the YMCA of Greater Long Beach to develop and run a nonprofit summer-camp program — called Our Own Family Camp
— for families, like Dave and Marissa's, who have a child with Down syndrome. They both give countless hours to
this camp and to the families.
Fourth Quarter 2012:
Russell Petrie, shift supervisor for Engineered Lumber Products, Annacis Island, B.C.
Russell's volunteer activities include raising awareness and educating others on the importance of donating blood.
He has donated blood since the age of 18 and, in July of 2011, cruised through his 100th visit to a blood donation
center. In addition, he serves as a Big Brother to three Vancouver-area youngsters, is a long-time volunteer with
the Campbell Valley Equestrian Society, and coordinates the Parallam plant's United Way campaign