Memphis Library Foundation Announces Georgia Pacific Memphis Cellulose as the Memphis Public Library’s 2016 Corporate Volunteer
The Memphis Library Foundation (MLF) announced Georgia Pacific Memphis Cellulose (GP) as this year’s Corporate Volunteer at the MPLIC annual Volunteer Appreciation event on Sunday, April 10, helping to kick off National Library Week, a celebration of how libraries transform. This follows GP’s recent investment of CLOUD901, the new teen learning lab in the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library at 3030 Poplar, with the GP Collaboration Zone.
“GP is headquartered in Atlanta, but has given its full support as a community partner transforming Memphis,” said MLF Executive Director Diane Jalfon. In Jalfon’s GP introduction at the event, she said “GP has supported our teachers, our firefighters, and many of our non-profits, and even donated an entire building to United Way of the Mid-South.”
Last year at this time, GP donated $25,000 toward transforming teens through CLOUD901. “Innovative projects such as CLOUD901 leverages education and entrepreneurial activities to help enrich our community,” said Chuck LaPorte, GP Memphis Cellulose mill manager. “We anticipated the project would create long-term value by encouraging the use of hands-on activities and critical thinking skills that stimulate interest in science, technology, engineering, arts, and math in dynamic and fun ways and we’ve been impressed so far.”
GP also participates in the MLF’s annual Corporate Knowledge Bowl event, even bringing an enthusiastic crew of fellow employees to cheer them on. Their employees are interested in further supporting CLOUD901 by volunteering and mentoring, and they’re always looking for ways to be involved with the MPLIC.
In recent years, through the GP Foundation, the Memphis Cellulose mill and the nearby GP Cellulose Technology & Innovation Center have donated approximately $300,000 to local charitable organizations that support education, community enrichment, entrepreneurship and the environment.