At Westlake Chemical, we recognize the importance of supporting the communities in which we work and live and make it a priority to take an active role in making these communities better.
Westlake Global Service Month
The Westlake Global Service Month began in 2016 as part of the 30th Anniversary celebration year. While Westlake has always recognized the importance of supporting the communities in which we work and live, this event was the first that crossed international lines so that we collectively helped our communities worldwide in a single month.
In 2016, during the first Westlake Global Service month, Westlake had approximately 900 volunteers. This year, we had approximately 3,000 employees and family members participate. In addition, to more volunteers, the average service project now lasts longer, up from 2 to 4 hours.
For the 23rd consecutive year, in 2019, Westlake notified 103 college-bound students that they were recipients of the Westlake Scholarship. This annual award of scholarships continues Westlake's on-going support of the higher education endeavors for high school students of company employees. Scholarships are generally renewable for up to four years of undergraduate study provided the student maintains specific high academic standards.
Westlake partners in Education, University Endowments, Scholarships, Junior Achievement and is a supporter of various other educational initiatives.
In Louisiana we are one of the highest per-capita contributors to the United Way. These operations also support the Adopt-A-Family toy and food drive, the American Cancer Society, Habitat for Humanity, as well as various college scholarship funds and volunteer fire departments.
In Kentucky, Westlake ranks among the top company contributors to the Calvert City United Fund Program, the Marshall County Relay for Life, and the McCracken County March of Dimes Walk America. The company has launched a program to help provide Automatic External Defibrillators to area schools, which has already saved the life of a man at Murray State University. Westlake also makes donations to the Four Rivers Performing Arts Center in Paducah, Kentucky.
Our corporate commitment is augmented by the dedication and generosity of our employees. They regularly teach Junior Achievement at inner-city schools, they have adopted two schools in need, they provided mentoring to at-risk elementary school children, and they have volunteered their time as Big Brothers and Big Sisters.
Westlake and its employees have a proud history of supporting the communities that surround its various facilities. In the Houston area our activities include support of the Houston Grand Opera, the United Way, Junior Achievement, the Health Museum, Asia Society, Madre a Madre, the Houston Food Bank, Memorial Park Conservancy, American Red Cross and various other fundraisers.
Our companies NAPCO, Westech, Vinnolit in Europe and Huasu in China also reflect the Westlake spirit of involvement. These companies have given generously of both time and even products to Habitat for Humanity, the United Way and other local entities.