2014 Holiday Giving Campaign
December 31, 2014
Following its annual 'Giving Campaign,' TCA is pleased with the participation from associates in giving to the local community this past holiday season.
Each year, TCA participates in a United Way pledge drive, which gives associates the option to pledge money to the United Way of Pierce County. Their organization oversees hundreds of local programs that provide support to the community, including housing and shelter programs, food, and transportation. A percentage of the money pledged by associates was matched by TCA and also donated to the United Way.
The second portion of TCA's Giving Campaign is the Giving Tree, which provides Christmas gifts to children in need. TCA once again partnered with nearby Bethel School District to obtain gift tags for 64 children in 20 families. Associates selected and shopped for about half of the tags, and TCA purchased items on the remaining tags. In the end, over 200 gifts were purchased and given to the children.
TCA is grateful for its associates' generous contributions to the 2014 Giving Campaign, and is happy to provide charitable contributions to the community. We look forward to ongoing opportunities to continue doing so.
Part of TCA's Giving Tree gifts ready to deliver to children
Part of TCA's Giving Tree gifts ready to deliver to children
From left, Jay Brower (Bethel Schools), Kazumi Kawamura (TCA), Erica Buege (TCA), Jessica Robinson (TCA), Noriko Musgrave (TCA), and Dodie Raden (Bethel Schools)
TCA Presentation at Clover Park Math Conference
Summer CSR Activities at TCA
| Silent auction items are displayed in TCA's break room |
|Dodie Raden of Bethel School District (second from right) accepts donations from Chikako Takeoka, Dennis Frett, and Kazumi Kawamura|
|Associates enjoy food prepared and served by TCA managers|
TCA Holds Employee Appreciation Day Events
July 2, 2014
On June 18th and 30th, TCA hosted Appreciation Day events at Cheney Stadium, home of the Tacoma Rainiers. Associates and their friends and family got to enjoy each other's company, food and drinks, beautiful weather, and great baseball. Located on the stadium's private party deck, guests had exclusive access to their own space with unlimited food and beverages as well as activities for kids like a bounce house, face painter, and balloon artist. About 700 people attended the two games combined, and TCA associates even got to participate in the pre-game activities on the 30th; Sam Morgan (production technician) sang the National Anthem, and Barbara Conant (production technician) threw the first pitch. Both games also included a raffle prize drawing, and associates got to win great prizes. TCA values and appreciates its employees and their families who support them, so fun events like these are well deserved!
TCA Visits Camas Prairie Elementary School for Science Classes
Partner in Education Award Given to TCA's Senior Production Manager
June 16, 2014
Jeff Hawkey, TCA's Senior Production Manager, recently received Franklin Pierce Schools' Partner in Education award. A volunteer on the Pierce County Skills Center (PCSC) Aerospace Manufacturing Advisory Board, Mr. Hawkey was involved with developing the Aerospace Manufacturing curriculum at PCSC. Now, he's working on developing a similar curriculum at two Franklin Pierce High Schools that will prepare students for further education, including the program at PCSC.
The mission of Franklin Pierce Schools is "to provide students an engaging educational environment, built upon proven academics and high standards, resulting in successful and contributing citizens." One of the ways they achieve this mission is through partnerships with the community, and each year, the district honors the efforts of community members who support this mission with the Partner in Education award.
Congratulations to Mr. Hawkey and the other members of the PCSC Aerospace Manufacturing Advisory Board for this recognition from Franklin Pierce Schools.
Clover Park Technical College Career Conference
May 8, 2014
About 3,600 local high school students visited Clover Park Technical College in Lakewood, WA this week for its annual Career Conference, Aerospace and Advanced Manufacturing Fair, where TCA had a booth to welcome students and answer questions.
TCA associates Jay Berndt, Chris Sims, and Erik Olson were on hand to meet with students and share information about our company, show product samples, and answer questions. They spoke with students about breaking into the composites industry, and emphasized the importance of teamwork and communication when working at TCA. The group spoke to over 100 interested students, many of which were already familiar with Toray.
Clover Park Technical College has a composites program that has produced graduates who now work at TCA. This is the 14th year that the school has held this conference, and the first year that TCA participated in it. We look forward to more opportunities to participate and share information about our company with students.
TCA and Associates Raise Money for Oso Landslide
|Photo: Washington State Department of Transportation|
TCA Associates Teach Science Classes to Local Elementary Students
April 7, 2014
In November 2013, TCA’s General Affairs team visited nearby Frederickson Elementary School to teach experimental science classes to 5th grade students. With the success and popularity of those visits, TCA was invited to another school in the district, Shining Mountain Elementary School, to teach the same classes this March. In addition to the GA team, however, five TCA associates also volunteered to teach the actual classes.
Kim Arnold, Elena Belcher, Jennifer Lemmers, Kate Schiffel, and Rose Skinner each had a chance to teach a class or assist with the experiments. Over the course of three days, March 12, 13, and 19, the group presented to over 130 students in five classes; two of which were 4th and 5th grade combined advanced students, and the other three were all 5th grade students. The students were very eager to learn about Toray, water filtration, TCA, and carbon fiber/prepreg. TCA is proud to share knowledge of science and innovation with local young students, and looks forward to ongoing opportunities to continue teaching these classes.
TCA Educates Local Students in Science Fair
February 28, 2014
TCA Makes Donation to Goodwill
January 6, 2014
On January 6, 2014, TCA began a new CSR activity that will become an ongoing benefit to the community. In a new partnership with the local Goodwill Industries branch, TCA now donates used pallets to the organization, which are used in its various operations in selling donated clothing and household items at its local retail stores.
TCA receives the wooden pallets in its inventory deliveries, and saves them in a Goodwill trailer until it fills up and is ready to be taken away.
Goodwill Industries International, Inc. works to enhance the dignity and quality of life of individuals and families by strengthening communities, eliminating barriers to opportunity, and helping people in need reach their full potential through learning and the power of work.
'Ikebana' Classes Held for TCA Associates
January 15, 2014
Toray Composites values the blending of cultures present throughout the company, and embraces the opportunity for our employees to become enriched with information about different cultures and traditions. On January 15th, TCA’s Noriko Cho taught two classes in a series about making ‘Ikebana,’ or Japanese floral arrangements. Ms. Cho is a master of Ikebana style.
This month’s class featured information about Japanese New Year’s traditions, and how people make Jiyuka (free style) arrangements for New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. The associates who attended Ms. Cho’s classes learned how Japanese people prepare for New Year’s Day, and what kind of activities are typical for the holiday – including giving gifts, eating traditional foods, and visiting temples and shrines.
After learning about the elements of designing a Jiyuka arrangement, each class participant got to try making their own Ikebana. The arrangements turned out beautifully, and our associates look forward to the next opportunity to attend one of Ms. Cho’s classes to learn about Japanese culture and new styles of Ikebana.