Eastman and Eastman Foundation donate fitness equipment to strengthen community center

Staff Writer
Plaquemine Post South

The St. Gabriel Community Center is shaping up its fitness equipment thanks to Eastman and the Eastman Foundation.

Team members at Eastman’s St. Gabriel site play an active role in the local community. Many use the St. Gabriel Community Center and noted there was a need for new or improved equipment. In line with the company’s purpose to enhance the quality of life in a material way, Eastman’s St. Gabriel team saw an opportunity to bring the purpose to life in a very tangible way.

The Community Center is a staple in the community, and many of our employees and their families and neighbors are members of the Center,” said Tim Harris, site manager at Eastman’s St. Gabriel facility. We continuously look for opportunities to make a positive impact locally and ensuring that our community center is best equipped to help people maintain their health and wellness feels like the right thing to do.”

Eastman’s St. Gabriel team presented the request to the Eastman Foundation, the company’s independent philanthropic organization. The Eastman Foundation invests in initiatives that serve and strengthen communities around the world, and that improve quality of life, focusing its resources on organizations and projects in the areas of education, environment, empowerment, and economic development.

Supporting the St. Gabriel team in achieving their goal to improve the local community center was an easy choice for us,” said CeeGee McCord, vice president of the Eastman Foundation. “The Foundation invests in innovative and impactful economic and community development initiatives that directly benefit residents. We are very pleased to have the opportunity to support the health and wellness activities of residents in the St. Gabriel community.”

With this donation, the St. Gabriel Community Center will now have brand new cardio and strength training equipment, valued at $150,000. A dedication ceremony is scheduled for July.

We are proud to be part of the new and improved fitness center,” said Katherine Daigle, human resources manager at Eastman’s St. Gabriel facility. “The Community Center is a wonderful facility and offers something for residents of every age. I appreciate the support from the Eastman Foundation to make this dream a reality. I encourage all of our local community members to check out the new facility.”

Eastman is a global specialty materials company that produces a broad range of products found in items people use every day. With the purpose of enhancing the quality of life in a material way, Eastman works with customers to deliver innovative products and solutions while maintaining a commitment to safety and sustainability. The company’s innovation-driven growth model takes advantage of world-class technology platforms, deep customer engagement, and differentiated application development to grow its leading positions in attractive end-markets such as transportation, building and construction, and consumables. As a globally inclusive and diverse company, Eastman employs approximately 14,500 people around the world and serves customers in more than 100 countries. The company had 2018 revenues of approximately $10 billion and is headquartered in Kingsport, Tennessee, USA. For more information, visit www.eastman.com.

The Eastman Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization managed by a Board of Directors, separate and apart from Eastman. The Foundation invests in initiatives that serve and strengthen communities around the world with the goal of improving the quality of life for all people. The Foundation focuses its resources on partnership initiatives in the areas of education, environment, empowerment, and economic development.

Contributed by the Eastman Foundation