OMK and OMK-Uchastiye Foundation Join International #GivingTuesday Initiative

The employees of the United Metallurgical Company (AO OMK, Moscow) and the OMK-Uchastiye Charity Foundation joined the #GivingTuesday international charity initiative and held over 30 different events.

Charity, educational, patriotic, and fund-raising events were held on November 28 and throughout the entire previous week in areas where company facilities operate: Chelyabinsk, Vyksa, Chusovoy, Almetyevsk, Blagoveshchensk, and Moscow. In addition to volunteer employees from the Company's facilities, the Company invited social entrepreneurs, non-profits, regional educational and school authorities, students of the MISiS National University of Engineering and Technology as well as OMK's business partners.

On Giving Tuesday, the OMK-Uchastiye Charity Foundation initiated a drive to collect New Year gifts, holiday decorations, and other basic necessities for the children who are patients at the N. N. Blokhin Russian Cancer Research Center in Moscow. It is the sixth time that the foundation is holding the Donate a Christmas Tree Drive. Its objective is to organize a New Year's celebration that will boost the children's spirits and give them strength to overcome their disease.

During the "admission week" that is part of the #GivingTuesday movement, over 100 employees with OMK's Moscow Office, manufacturing facilities, OMK-Uchastiye Foundation, MISiS, and AKB Metallinvestbank made and posted to social media photos with stories of good deeds, all thanks to an initiative by OMK and OMK-Uchastiye.

“We have joined the Giving Tuesday initiative for the second time. It is a very good thing that this year, the response from our employees was good again. The initiative demonstrated that OMK has many people prepared to come to other people's aid. We would like to express our heartfelt thanks to those that performed good deeds and those that spoke of them. We thank everyone that pooled their efforts to make the life of those that need help and support easier", said OMK-Uchastiye Charity Foundation Supervisory Board Chair Irina Sedykh.

Background

Other events held to coincide with the Giving Tuesday global charity day:

The Moscow Office hosted a Green Mail drive. Company employees raised funds, collected basic necessities, and New Year gifts for the little patients at the the N. N. Blokhin Russian Cancer Research Center in Moscow. Over 150 patients in its children's wards will be celebrating New Year's in their hospital beds for reasons beyond their control. On December 2, OMK-Uchastiye Foundation employees and friends, OMK volunteers and Russian stars will be visiting the cancer center to bring joy to the young patients with the Donate a Christmas Tree drive and give them both the things they need to get well as soon as possible and warmth and good spirits.

Earlier, the Moscow Office hosted a fair for new arrivals in children's educational books by Mann & Ivanov & Ferber Publishers as well as a blood drive.

As part of #GivingTuesday, OMK partnered up with the section for corporate volunteerism as an HR strategy and a tool for enhanced engagement or more work for HR at the 6th Moscow International Forum for Corporate Volunteerism for Business and Society. In their address, OMK representatives noted that the Company was both proactively proceeding with corporate volunteer projects and supporting individual employees' initiatives.

In Chelyabinsk, Vyksa, Chusovoy, Almetyevsk, and Blagoveshchensk, 15 schools held extended participation lessons at which students made Christmas tree decorations for WWII veterans. Over 300 decorations made by the children will be presented to participants in the Victors' Gala to be held in Moscow with OMK support for the 12th time on December 2.

Blagoveshchensk (Republic of Bashkortostan, Blagoveshchensk Valve Plant being the local OMK facility) hosted an event to help homeless animals. Parents of children at Kindergarten No. 15 collected food and other necessities for the animals from the animal shelter in the Village of Nikolayevka in the Blagoveshchensk District. Also, the Your Nurse social air service held a training session on preventing professional burn-out. The social initiative was further supported by the Family Boom Social Center in Blagoveshchensk. Boys and girls from low-income families could visit creative studios and workshops. Center employees also gave families with many children certificates enabling them to visit the center.

In Almetyevsk (Republic of Tatarstan, the Almetyevsk Pipe Mill being the local OMK facility), a charity event was organized by the mill's veteran workers. They baked for the mill employees and offered their pastries to everyone during lunch break. This was the veterans' way of saying thanks to the employees for the events that they hold for retirees and a demonstration that senior citizens are still as able and willing as younger people to do good works.

In Chelyabinsk (Trubodetal being the local OMK facility), the Novosineglazovo Township Social Club hosted various master classes for children and grown ups. The facility hosted a Donate Christmas Tree event for patients of Chelyabinsk's cancer center as well as a charity sale of pastries and souvenirs from the Sunny Day organization. Carnival costumes, holiday clothing and shoes, tinsel, garlands, and Christmas tree decorations were collected for children from the Vozrozhdeniye orphanage.

Vyksa (Nizhniy Novgorod Region, Vyksa Steel Works being the local OMK facility) hosted play classes for children with mental disabilities from the Sozvezdiye NGO for Parents with Disabled Children, a theme children's show with directed entertainment featuring VSW volunteers for 40 children from the local orphanage. The OMK-Uchastiye Foundation held a festival of master classes in animation, mask making for New Year's, painting of gypsum figurines, clay molding, pizza making, and many others attended by 150 children in difficult life circumstances.

Chusovoy schools (Perm Territory, Chusovoy Metallurgical Works being the local OMK facility) hosted the Life without Barriers event as well as lectures and workshops to provide training in first aid. Previously, facility volunteers installed a multimedia suite at the local self-government committee in one of Chusovoy's districts as part of a project submitted to the OMK Partnership competition. For Giving Tuesday, facility volunteers put together and donated a collection of movies for use by all the neighborhood's residents in the multimedia suite. Free classes in rehabilitation exercises were also held at the local self-government center. The exercises that seniors learned under the guidance of a skilled instructor will help them alleviate joint and spinal pain.