The United Metallurgical Company (AO OMK, Moscow) will fund 94 social initiatives as part of its annual OMK Partnership Competition of Social and Charity Projects.
The competition received a total of 73 applications from volunteers and 113 from non-profits and municipal entrants. Forty-eight projects from organizations will be granted implementation funds from the Company in the amount of RUB 250,000 each, while a further 46 projects developed by volunteer individuals will be be funded up to RUB 50,000 each.
The total competition budget is RUB 9.15 million. Projects will be implemented in towns that host OMK facilities: in Vyksa (Nizhniy Novgorod Region, Vyksa Steel Works being the Company facility in the region), Almetyevsk (Republic of Tatarstan, local Company Facility being the Almetyevsk Pipe Mill), Chusovoy (Perm Territory, local Company facility being the Chusovoy Metallurgical Works), the Novosineglazovsky Township (Chelyabinsk, local Company facility being Trubodetal), and Moscow (volunteer projects).
The principal focus for the fifth such competition is developing social volunteerism. Volunteer resource centers belonging to competition partner the Association of Volunteer Centers held training sessions for OMK employees and instructed them in the principles of social volunteerism and fund raising. OMK Partnership winners include volunteer initiatives designed to support retirees and veterans, low-income and homeless populations, the disabled, getting people of the "silver age" involved as volunteers.
This year retains a special category for municipal bodies which numbered a total of 68 applications. Non-profits and municipal bodies submitted projects related to cancer and diabetes prevention, mentoring for orphaned children, cyber-bullying prevention, getting older people involved in volunteer activities, finding jobs for women on maternity leave.
For the second year in a row, the OMK scrap company, OMK-EcoMetal, is participating in support for social initiatives. It will fund the remodeling of the rotunda in the central alley of Vyksa's park as well as a volunteer project to get involved in the movement to make repairs at the Pelican Social Rehabilitation Center.
"In the time the OMK Partnership Competition has been around, the Company has become a reliable partner for regional governments and ministries. Together, we are improving the quality of life both for our employees and all town residents. And we have a feeling that the Company's programs are having a positive impact on the development of the Company's areas of operations. We are also trying to fit in with what we are doing with the national development strategy. This year, we have been focusing on aiding socially vulnerable populations. Many projects have to do with engaging with people of the "silver" are group, children and adolescents from single-parent or low-income families. We thank everyone for being our partners which has enabled change", noted United Metallurgical Company Governance Board Chair Natalya Eremina.