If you’ve followed Millennium for some time, you know that our team takes great pride in our community. Our commitment to building a world-class export terminal means that we’re invested in our neighborhoods. We’re looking back and celebrating the opportunity to contribute to a number of exciting local programs.
In May, the Kelso-Longview Chamber of Commerce presented Peter Bennett, Vice President of Business Development – Bulk Materials, with the Business Person of the Year award as part of their Pillars of Strength Business Awards series. Almost simultaneously, Peter was awarded a Highland Neighborhood Association’s Appreciation Award for his work in the community at their Appreciation Luncheon. Peter, who is a member of the Longview Rotary Club, participates in the Club’s weekly reading program, where every Tuesday, he spends time reading with students. Millennium Human Resource Manager, Gena Ramey, and Peter are both active members of the Neighborhood Resource Coordination Council, where they help partner with neighborhood organizations to secure valuable resources for the community.
Peter Bennett, left, and Gena Ramey, right, pose for photos with Pillars of Strength Scholarship Winners
As a company, Millennium has been contributing in meaningful ways around town:
- Millennium recently had the opportunity to donate and install brand new computers at the Highlands Neighborhood Association, and when an IT problem arises, we send our experts over to help.
- Last summer, Millennium partnered with the Longview Early Edition Rotary Club to co-sponsor the Archie Anderson Food for Thought summer meals program, which provided free meals along with learning and fitness activities to kids and teens.
- We co-sponsored the Highlands Neighborhood Night Out last summer. This is an event we have supported for many years which works to create strong bonds in the community between neighbors and law enforcement. We also sponsored the same event for Kelso.
- Last summer Millennium secured a $10,000 grant to pay for a new roof for the Highlands Neighborhood Association building.
- For the past six years, Gena has either sponsored or volunteered her time around Thanksgiving to help fill holiday food baskets, which often coincides with our own MBT-L employee food drive. This has enabled us to stretch our dollars and help provide our neighbors with a traditional holiday meal.
- In 2015, Millennium secured a $20,000 grant for the Meals on Wheels and Grounds for Opportunity programs to help feed the needy while training tomorrow’s workforce.
- A new way Millennium was able to give back to the Highlands community this year was through our assistance putting on the special needs Easter Egg Hunt for children and adults with sensory issues. This was a fun and exciting way to give these individuals an opportunity to participate in a community-wide event, as it can be difficult for them to take part in these types of activities outside of their own families. This event was the first of its kind in the community and was well attended.
At Millennium, Cowlitz County is more than just where we work – it’s where we live our lives. That’s why we are so excited about being involved in efforts to strengthen the community and proud of the time and dedication that both our company and our individual employees put into the community.
As we continue to move through the permitting and legal processes and work towards building a world-class export terminal, we’re grateful for the supportive community in Cowlitz County and we’re proud to give back.