Matson Community Support Tops $2.9 Million in 2016
HONOLULU, Hawaii—April 20, 2017—Matson contributed a total of more than $2.9 million in cash and in-kind donations to charitable organizations and community efforts in the communities it serves in 2016, with more than $800,000 in cash, services and equipment going to Alaska organizations.
“Matson is a committed, long term community partner,” said Matt Cox, president and CEO. “Improving the communities we serve is a core value at Matson, and our contributions are directed by local employees, who best know and are involved in their communities.”
Last year, Matson supported 55 Alaska organizations providing community resources in human services; youth development and recreation; community improvement and disaster preparedness; education; cultural awareness and the arts; environmental preservation; agriculture and nutrition; and maritime safety.
“I’m proud to work alongside fellow Alaskans who are community-minded and really care about supporting important issues that affect our state and its people,” said Kenny Gill, vice president of Matson, Inc., Alaska. “We look forward to continuing this tradition and growing our charitable giving in the state for years to come.”
Matson’s notable Alaska grants last year included a $10,000 donation to each of the following organizations and efforts: the Coast Guard Foundation; the Alaska Federation of Natives in support of its 50th-annual conference; the Alaska Network on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault for its education and prevention-focused youth conference; and to the Anchorage Concert Association in support of its 2016 programs. Matson also strongly supported American Legion Baseball and the Covenant House shelter for youth, as well as the Alaska branches of United Way and Special Olympics.
In-kind support provided in Alaska focused on environmental and nutrition programs, moving recyclables and marine debris out of the state and bringing food bank supplies into the state. Significant in-kind support included donated or discounted shipping for the Alutiiq Museum in Kodiak, the Food Bank of Alaska, Arctic Valley Ski Area and the Gulf of Alaska Keeper marine debris cleanup in Anchorage.
Detailed information on Matson’s 2016 giving, including a list of recipients, is available in Matson Foundation’s annual report posted online at http://bit.ly/2oP7EB3.
Founded in 1882, Matson (NYSE: MATX) is a leading U.S. carrier in the Pacific. Matson provides a vital lifeline to the economies of Hawaii, Alaska, Guam, Micronesia and select South Pacific islands, and operates a premium, expedited service from China to Southern California. The Company's fleet of 22 owned vessels includes containerships, combination container and roll-on/roll-off ships and custom-designed barges. Matson Logistics, established in 1987, extends the geographic reach of Matson's transportation network throughout the continental U.S. Its integrated, asset-light logistics services include rail intermodal, highway brokerage, warehousing, and less-than-container load freight consolidation and forwarding to Alaska. Additional information about Matson, Inc. is available at www.matson.com.