It is a tenet of Holtec International to support the communities in which it serves. Holtec’s Camden, New Jersey, campus has developed a strong relationship with South Jersey through its philanthropic and economic outreach efforts. In addition, Holtec’s four decommissioning sites have continued to support their communities after the plants ceased operations.
This year, Holtec International and its subsidiary, Holtec Decommissioning International, provided contributions to charities and service organizations in their communities.
Many of those donations focus on the holiday season. Holtec associates open their hearts and participate in a variety of drives and campaigns sponsored at their workplaces. Here is a look at how Holtec and its decommissioning sites are helping their neighbors:
‘Tis the Season to Help Those in Need
It has become a time-honored tradition for associates at Holtec’s Camden campus to provide for their neighbors this time of year.
The annual autumn food drive, held in the fall, was a huge success with boxes of nonperishable goods being collected for a local food bank.
But the team didn’t stop there. Their annual coat drive garnered more than 2,500 warm winter coats, which were donated to the Camden City School District to help keep children warm this year.
Hundreds of children throughout the region will enjoy seasonal surprises, thanks to the toys collected through Holtec’s annual Toys for Tots toy drives.
Holtec’s Camden campus collected toys for local families, helping to ensure that the children of Camden have a happy holiday.
Holtec’s Indian Point Decommissioning Site in Buchanan, New York, conducted its annual Toys for Tots campaign, ensuring that children throughout the area will have plenty of toys this holiday season.
At the Oyster Creek Decommissioning Site in Lacey Township, New Jersey, workers collected toys and nonperishable food for local families in need who are assisted by the Lacey FoodBank.
The station also provided a monetary donation so that over 200 pieces of outerwear for children in 57 area schools through the United Way of Monmouth and Ocean Counties’ annual Warmest Wishes Coat Drive.
“For as long as Oyster Creek has been part of the community, our employees have given back,” said Site Vice President Jeff Dostal. “We are blessed with good jobs and are eager to help our neighbors in need.”
The Pilgrim Decommissioning Site continues to support the local town’s Thanksgiving Celebration, with monetary donations to support the Plymouth holiday parade and food collections.
Associates at the Indian Point also enjoy participating in longstanding holiday traditions of giving. For the past six decades, the workers who built, operated, and are decommissioning Indian Point have supported Rosary Hill Home, which provides free palliative live-in care for terminally ill patients. This year was no exception as the team collected cash donations for the facility which relies completely on contributions.
The annual Westchester Stuff the Truck Event collected enough food for nearly 10,000 needy families and Indian Point’s Decommissioning Safety Manager Dan Cooke spearheaded a huge effort on behalf of Holtec’s Indian Point site.
Keeping the Giving Spirit Year-Round
Giving back to the community is not just a seasonal activity. At all Holtec’s decommissioning sites, reaching out to their neighbors is commonplace.
At the Palisades Decommissioning Site, now for the 27th year, plant volunteers organized to clean up a two-mile section of Interstate 196 in Covert Township, as part of the Michigan Adopt-a-Highway program.
The Palisades team donated appliances and equipment to the Lakeshore Habitat for Humanity Restores of Holland and South Haven, Michigan. ReStores are non-profit home improvement stores that directly support local Habitat for Humanity efforts. They also collected surplus office supplies to support local teachers in area public school systems.
Earlier this year, both Palisades and Oyster Creek individually donated equipment to their local firefighting schools.