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International Paper’s Pensacola Mill Awards $66,450

Money Awarded in Grants to Support 30 Local Non-Profit Projects

International Paper’s Pensacola Mill has awarded $66,450 in International Paper Foundation grants to 30 local organizations, demonstrating the company’s commitment to education, hunger, health and wellness, disaster relief, and initiatives that improve our planet.

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“Through these grants, we aim to be catalysts for positive change, investing not just in projects, but in the collective well-being of the community,” said Hunter Morris, Pensacola Mill Manager. “These funds will play a crucial role in supporting community-driven projects aimed at addressing hunger, promoting health and wellness, enriching children’s education, and providing disaster relief assistance.”

“Our company believes in not only providing financial assistance but also in actively participating in the betterment of the communities we serve,” said Whitney Fike, regional communications manager. “We look forward to collaborating with the 30 organizations selected for this year’s grants, working toward building a better, healthier, and more sustainable future for all.”

Local community organizations and their projects awarded grants for 2023:

  • Ascension Sacred Heart Foundation – Pediatric Programs and Services
  • Boys and Girls Club of the Emerald Coast – Club time is MIND! Time
  • Bright Bridge Ministries – Hot, Healthy Meals
  • Capstone Adaptive Learning and Therapy Centers – Music and Movement – Ready for Kindergarten
  • Children’s Home Society – Battle of the Books for Literacy and Learning Gains
  • Council on Aging of West Florida – Educational Student Composting Kits
  • Covenant Care – My Wish to Terminally Ill Children and Adults
  • Embrace Florida Kids – Milton Girls Home
  • Ernest Ward Middle School – Get Agriculture, Forest the Rest
  • Escambia County Medical Society Foundation – Blood Pressure Cuff Program
  • Escambia County Public Schools Foundation – Tools for Teachers
  • Feeding the Gulf Coast – Mobile Pantry Program
  • Greater Pensacola Symphony Orchestra – Escambia and Santa Rosa County Fifth Grade Concerts
  • Gulf Coast Kids House – The Healing Garden
  • Health and Hope Clinic – Increase Access to Care
  • Jim Allen Elementary – Developing Readers through Targeted Instruction
  • Keep Pensacola Beautiful – Youth Advocacy Council/Envirothon
  • Manna Food Bank – Healthy Kids Initiative
  • Molino Park Elementary – Small Group Technology Materials
  • Northwest Florida Community Outreach – Replenish for the Finish
  • Pace Center for Girls – IP Reach Girls!
  • Pensacola Little Theatre – Black Art in Pensacola: Connecting Diverse Art and Literacy
  • Pensacola Mess Hall – Family Science Night Enhancements
  • Pensacola State College Foundation – Pirates Care: Emergency Preparedness and Food Assistance
  • ReadyKids! – Ready to Read
  • Ronald McDonald House of Northwest Florida – Home for Dinner
  • The Global Corner – Let’s Visit Mexico: An Activity Book for Young Explorers
  • United Way of Baldwin County – Reading Buddies
  • The University of West Florida Historic Trust – Pensacola Children’s Museum Kids Emergency Room
  • Valerie’s House – No Child Grieves Alone, Group Night Activities

Grants were determined after careful committee review with local team members. Recommendations are subsequently reviewed by the International Paper Foundation’s grants committee, which then must be confirmed and ratified by the foundation’s board of trustees.

Grants are awarded once a year. Organizations are invited to take an eligibility assessment at www.ipgiving.com to see if their program is eligible to apply for funding.

The International Paper Foundation is one of the ways International Paper strives to reach our vision to be among the most successful, sustainable, and responsible companies in the world. Started in 1952, the foundation annually provides millions in grants to 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations to address critical needs in the communities where our employees live and work. Funding priority is given to programs related to our signature causes: education, hunger, health & wellness, disaster relief, and initiatives that improve our planet. For more information, visit ipgiving.com.

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Dana is an Arkansas native and a seasonal resident of the Gulf Coast since childhood. She was a Pensacola resident for 13 years, before moving to Gulf Breeze. Dana attributes her Mayberry-esque childhood in Warren, Arkansas, as enormously influential in honing her definitely Southern style of storytelling. She earned a degree in Journalism, Advertising/Public Relations from the University of Arkansas (Woo Pig Sooie!). In addition to writing, she loves photography, art, adventures in the great outdoors, and spending time with her three children.