Through Niagara Cares, Niagara Bottling 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.
Local Community Grants
The Niagara Cares® local non-profit grant program supports community initiatives related to children’s education, health and wellness in areas where our Niagara Bottling facilities are located.
Deadlines for proposal submission each year are March 31 and September 30, with grants being awarded on June 15 and December 15. An organization must be within a 50 mile radius from a local Niagara plant and may only be awarded one grant per year.
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.
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
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
Bringing Smiles to Hospitalized Children
Through Starlight Children’s Foundation, Niagara Cares donated $10,000 worth of toys and needed items to Maricopa Medical Center to support child life initiatives benefiting pediatric patients. In addition, Team Members also hosted arts and craft activities for children at the hospital and distributed care packages to the parents of patients.
“We are pleased to provide this donation to the Child Life Department to help them continue their mission of reducing stress and anxiety among pediatric patients,” said Kristen Venick, Director of Niagara Cares. “We are also grateful for the opportunity to partner with the hospital and participate in a volunteer initiative we hope will bring joy to the children and let the families of patients know that we care.”
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.
Empowering Children of Tomorrow
Niagara Supports Youth Resource Center in Salt Lake City
Over a thousand homeless teens are living on the streets of Utah and need support different than what is provided to adults. Volunteers of America had been working on a Youth Resource Center for five years and because of the power of the community, VOA was able to open the Center in spring of 2016. Niagara Cares was one of the main sponsors to fund the facility. Our Team Members continue their support by preparing and serving lunch to teen residents.
Community Comes Together to Create a Pollinator Garden
In partnership with Keep Newnan Beautiful and other community organizations, Niagara Team Members helped transform a city-owned lot to a pollinator garden. The garden is home to pollinating insects and animals and is used to educate local residents about the important role they play in the environment.
Niagara made a donation towards the purchase of the drought resistant pollinating plants and have partnered with a local high school environmental club as well as a garden club to maintain and prune the garden. This is an ongoing partnership as the garden expands to include a recycle center, social garden space for the community, outdoor classroom space, butterfly and bat houses and a greenhouse made with recycled Niagara water bottles.
Preparing Children for Back to School
Team Members from across the company donated school supplies to various non-profit organization to provide children with the tools they need to succeed. Many of our plants held school supply drives encouraging Team Members to donate backpacks, pencils, notebooks and other essential items for academic success. Some volunteered in distribution events by helping sort and giveaway the items to children in need.
Niagara Helps Rebuild Community Park
June 4, 2016
Niagara Cares and the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) awarded a grant of nearly $70,000 to the City of Dallas which funded the installation of new playground equipment in Urbandale Park. Located in a residential community, the park had been without a playground for many years after it was burned-down by arsonist.
Niagara Bottling Team Members helped complete the final touches of the playground by filling the play area with mulch and attaching the seats to the new swing set. The opening of the park was celebrated with a community barbecue, flag frisbee and ribbon cutting. Opportunities to play outdoors in community spaces like Urbandale Park are vital to encouraging physical activity and combating childhood obesity.
Refreshing a Local Park for Summer
Easter Delivery at Local Nursing Home
In partnership with the Salvation Army of Coweta County, Team Members donated Easter basket items including handkerchiefs, socks, tissue, lotion and large print books for 80 residents at Avalon Nursing Home in Newnan, GA.
Cards for Hospice Care
While on break, Team Members made cards with a personalized note inside for patients in hospice care at Leigh Valley Health Network in Allentown, PA. Lehigh Valley Health Network provides physical, social, spiritual and emotional care to individuals and their families.
Teaching Youth About Careers in Manufacturing
Our Team Members in Kenosha hosted a group of students to educate youth about the manufacturing industry and career opportunities. The event included discussions about the bottling process, career paths and the education required to succeed in today’s manufacturing environment.