Niagara Cares is committed to supporting local and national charitable organizations and programs by engaging stakeholders, volunteering in the community, and investing its resources to support vulnerable children and their families.
Niagara Cares also supports qualifying organizations through the donation of water bottle cases. In addition to providing bottled water for disaster relief around the globe, Niagara focuses on children and families in need and organizations whose mission is to support them.
Our Team Members are continually improving their communities by giving back in a variety of ways. Whether it is as a group or as an individual, volunteering is a way of life for Niagara. Niagara Cares also matches funds raised by groups of Niagara Team Members who contribute to non-profit organizations in their local community that align with Niagara Cares’ mission.
Below are a few example stories of our Team Members in the community.
The City of Belen held their 3rd Annual Basketball 1-25 Shootout the weekend of May 28. The event hosted 100 teams from West Texas, South Texas and Eastern Arizona. Niagara donated water for the referees and coaches throughout the tournament. What a ball!
Restoring Music Education
Team Atlanta and and Little Kids Rock teamed up to bring brand new instruments, professional development opportunities for teachers, and a music room makeover to restore music education programs in Fayette and Coweta County Schools in Atlanta.
Bringing Healthy Lifestyles and STEM to Local Schools
Groveland, FL – Dallas, TX
In Groveland, we provided three schools in the Lake County School District with equipment, tools, curriculum and training for teachers to build STEM Centers. In addition, we funded improvements to South Lake High School’s weight room, dance studio, and food pantry to support healthy and active lifestyles. Nearly 30 Team Members volunteered to refresh these spaces at the high school. In Dallas, Sarah Zumwalt Middle School, WM Young Elementary School and Boude Storey Middle School also received equipment, tools, curriculum and training for teachers to build STEM Centers. Our Dallas 1 and 2 Team Members visited one of the schools to assemble tables and storage and set up the STEM Center activity kits for the teachers and students to enjoy.
Innovative STEM Learning
Kansas City, MO
Our Kansas City Team, Niagara Cares, and the Cal Ripken Sr. Foundation teamed up to bring educational resources and a new and improved STEM classroom to Belvedere Elementary School in Kansas! Our Kansas City Team Members updated the current classroom by painting and assembling new furniture and chairs. After, they unboxed, assembled, and organized all of the new STEM products including a 3D printer, Chromebooks, a Foundation Fluencies Lab, and more.
The Boys & Girls Club of Kenosha came to Niagara Cares with an idea to build a playground. At the time, the club members were playing in planters and any grassy space they could find outside. Hearing this, Niagara Cares and the Kenosha team knew we had to help! Our Kenosha Team Members were given the opportunity to vote on a name and “Niagara Imagination Station” was born! In September, our Team Members joined the club to celebrate the new space and see first-hand, the excitement on the kids faces. We are thrilled the club is now open and proud to support a project that gives the club members a fun and safe place to play.
In partnership with Volunteers of America, our Miami team facilitated a food drive to support children and families who were affected by COVID-19 and served at the VOA Florida affiliate (VOAFL). Team Members collected items for a month and assembled bags last April at the plant. Along with assembling the items, they wrote handwritten notes of kind words and encouragement to add to the bags.
Refreshing Local Schools
When the Cal Ripken Sr. Foundation asked our Mississippi team to help their local schools, in the middle of summer and 100+-degree weather, without a flinch, they said “No problem!”. Our Mississippi Team Members rolled up their sleeves alongside the Ripken team, the teachers, and coaches to clean, paint, assemble, and landscape the fitness and outdoor spaces at H.W. Byers High School. The high school received new equipment and improvements to the school’s weight room, outdoor classroom and locker rooms.
Brightening The Holidays for Those in Need
Team Phoenix made a big impact to brighten the holiday season for those who need it most. Our Phoenix Team organized and assembled gift bags filled with donated products such as toys, makeup, shoes, and hygiene and beauty products for Freedom and Fashion. All gift bags were provided to domestic violence victims, sex trafficking victims, and children.
Our Stockton Team Members read “How to Catch a Monster” and “Laugh Out Loud Halloween Jokes” to bring some fun and cheer to the children served at the Volunteers of America Residential Family Shelter. The stories were played for the children and families at their Halloween celebration.
Flower Power Project
Team Tacoma showed us their green thumbs! Team Tacoma used our empty Niagara water bottles to plant flowers and teach kids about the anatomy of a plant and how the process works. Team Members put together a presentation, step-by step video, construction guide and a pamphlet that includes other creative ways to repurpose your water bottle. The Flower Power Project will be shared with local schools and local partners like Amara House and Greentrike.
STEM at Home
Byhalia, MS – Dallas, TX – Groveland, FL
In partnership with the Cal Ripken Sr. Foundation, Niagara Cares provided 12 local schools with STEM activity kits that included curriculum, equipment and training modules for at-home learning during virtual schooling. By working with local educators, Niagara distributed over 4,626 STEM kits to students in Byhalia, Dallas and Groveland.
Aurora, CO – Plainfield, IN
Our Aurora and Plainfield Team Members collected various school supplies to donate to our partner, Volunteers of America, for Operation Backpack. With our Team Members help, Operation Backpack is able to provide backpacks, school supplies, and a variety of support services to homeless, at-risk and foster children from pre-school to high school levels throughout the states of Colorado, Ohio and Indiana. In total, we helped more than 4,400 children in need start their school year on the right track.
Supporting Natural Disasters
Our teams continued to support with relief efforts across the country as hurricanes hit the Atlantic and fires erupted on the West Coast. Through our national charitable partners, Feed the Children and Convoy of Hope, we donated more than 1.3 million bottles of water to support relief efforts.
Salt Lake City, UT
Our Salt Lake City team hosted a Career Day for a group of homeschooled children. Our Team Members educated the kids about manufacturing and passed on their dedication and love for what they do at Niagara.
Through our national charitable partners like Convoy of Hope and Feeding America, we donated more than 4 million bottles for COVID-19 relief. Our plant Team Members delivered donated products to first responders, food banks and local shelters. They also supported healthcare workers by pulling together PPE items such as masks and gloves for local hospitals.
A New Bottle Classroom
In partnership with Keep Newnan Beautiful, our Atlanta team built a brand new bottle house for the community’s outdoor classroom. Team Members came together to construct the bottle house and now it’s part of the public space for kids to learn and play in!
New Space for Learning
In partnership with Keep Newnan Beautiful, we celebrated the opening of our community’s first Outdoor Classroom. After receiving a $10,000 grant from Niagara Cares, the vision of an outdoor classroom finally came to fruition and local teachers can lead lessons through hands-on experience. As members of the community, we value and appreciate Keep Newnan Beautiful’s grassroots efforts in creating public spaces for education with an eye on sustainability!
Volunteering with Kids
Team Members in Bloomfield helped run activities for Laurel Elementary School’s Field Day for students in kindergarten through second grade. This was our second year participating in the games and we are looking forward to more!
There for Seniors
Team Members in Byhalia participated in the Marshall County Senior Citizen’s Day festivities by providing water and passing out food to over 500 senior citizens.
Supporting the Community
Team Rialto supplied water to more than 1,000 third grade students from 13 elementary schools for the Annual Earth Day Celebration where the community, working along Rialto City staff, cleaned various locations throughout the city.
Serving a Warm Meal
Team Members in Dallas got up early to cook and serve breakfast to 40 adults and children staying at the Ronald McDonald House. The Ronald McDonald House is located in the hospital district in Dallas close to the Children’s Hospital. They provide room and board free of charge to families with terminally or critically ill children requiring hospitalization for long periods.
Pay with Thanks
Los Angeles, CA
Lunches for Children
With Lunch Bunch City of Plainfield, our Team Members made 400 sandwiches for lunches that fed local children and their caregivers. Some of the Team Members had the privilege of serving the lunches at a local park where approximately 150 children and caregivers attended. Leftover lunches were taken to the homes of children who had no transportation to the park.
Encouraging Careers in STEM
Our team in Atlanta helped their local library become the first library in Georgia and the third in the U.S. to host a live chat with an astronaut while aboard the International Space Station. The event gathered 200 residents and allowed youth of all ages to ask questions to the astronaut. Niagara donated all the water for the event and provided free hot dogs, popcorn and ICEEs for attendees. Also, our Team Members educated youth on the filtration and purification process of bottled water
UMOM Service Project
Our Phoenix plant had the opportunity to work with a charity called UMOM. This charity provides shelter, services and affordable housing for people experiencing homelessness. When a family enters the program, they are given a welcome basket that includes hygiene items such as toilet paper, towels, hand rags, shampoo, soap, toothpaste and toothbrushes for a family of four. PHX Niagara held a supply drive and collected all of the products needed to build 15 baskets.
Our team in Dallas adopted a stream near our Niagara facility and in partnership with Adopt- A-Stream of Grand Prairie. They hosted a spring-cleaning volunteer activity and cleared out all the trash in the area.