Matson Community Support in Alaska Totaled $980,000 in 2018
Matson contributed a total of $3.6 million in cash and in-kind donations to more than 850 charitable organizations and non-profit programs in the communities it serves during 2018, including more than $980,000 in support for 107 organizations in Alaska.
Cash contributions to Alaska organizations, including funds directed by employees through the company’s matching gift programs, totaled more than $382,000 in 2018, while the value of donated services and equipment added up to more than $598,000.
“Matson considers itself a lifeline to the communities it serves, and with that comes a special responsibility,” said Matt Cox, Chairman and CEO. “In addition to being a reliable supply chain provider, Matson is committed to supporting local organizations that improve the quality of life in our communities.”
Some of Matson’s larger cash contributions in Alaska last year included: $50,000 to Covenant House for the expansion of its youth shelter and development of Covey Cafe; $25,000 to the American Heart Association in support of its annual Heart & Stroke Walk in Anchorage; $17,500 to support post-secondary scholarships for Kodiak and Unalaska high school graduates; $15,000 to Special Olympics Alaska in support of its year-round programs and annual games event; and $10,000 each to the Alutiiq Museum and Archaeological Repository, American Lung Association in Alaska and the Coast Guard Foundation to support its important work in Alaska.
Matson’s larger in-kind contributions in 2018 included south-bound shipping of recyclables for ALPAR (Alaskans for Litter Prevention and Recycling) and north-bound shipping of consumables distributed by the Food Bank of Alaska and exhibition materials for the Museum of the Aleutians in Unalaska.
Matson focuses its community support on local programs providing vital health care and human services; youth development / recreation; disaster preparedness and recovery; education; cultural and environmental preservation; the arts; agriculture and nutrition; and maritime safety.
Detailed information on Matson’s community support activities in 2018 is available in Manifest, Matson’s annual giving report, posted online at: https://www.matson.com/community/index.html
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