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Corporate Stewardship

MER is committed to creating meaningful change in the communities and industries we serve through its philanthropic efforts, volunteerism, and community development activities. The MER Stewardship Program exists to not only make a difference in the communities in which we work and live, but it strengthens our team as a whole, connecting us with our communities and elevating the way we relate to the Company and to one another.

Currently, MER's corporate philanthropy supports two primary nonprofit organizations: Pine Castle in Jacksonville, FL and Friendship Home in Norwell, MA. It is through these organizations that we have hired four employees who came to us through work programs. We have also had team members who have come to support these charities on their own through volunteerism, board membership, and event participation.

Pine Castle was founded in 1952 by a group of 33 families of children with intellectual/developmental differences. Today, the Pine Castle campus serves more than three hundred adults with disabilities through a variety of programs such as learning/adult day training, residential services, and on-campus and community employment. 

Friendship Home provides overnight respite care, social, and extracurricular activities to individuals with developmental disabilities. Friendship Home provides additional services such as the Bridges to Work Program, Camp YMCA/Friendship, and family resource referral services.

Recent Company-wide Charity and Community Initiatives

Hurricane Michael Responders Lead Toy Drive to Benefit Boys and Girls Club of Bay County, Panama City Beach, FL

In October 2018, tragedy struck the Florida Panhandle when Hurricane Michael delivered the first Category 4 storm in the region’s recorded history. A short time after, the Moran Emergency Management Team was activated to work with Global Diving & Salvage, as part of the USCG’s ESF-10 response effort in the Panama City area. Over the course of the months spent there, the team of responders experienced first-hand the impact of the devastation. In an effort to support the communities in which they were living and working, the MER team initiated a local toy drive to support the Boys and Girls Clubs of Bay County. MER and Global employees around the country engaged in the toy drive effort.  The goal was to support the communities devastated by the catastrophe and to bring the initiative to scale with the participation and support of our employees, clients, partners, and friends. This was achieved above and beyond. In the end, the Boys and Girls Club of Bay County and the children and families they serve received donations totaling nearly $18,000 of monetary donations, toys, clothing, sporting equipment, and more.

   

MER Corporate Team Walks in 2019 Boston O2 Breathe Walk

On Saturday, June 1, 2019 members of the MER corporate team, the MER Commercial Dive Division, and their family and friends joined together to walk in the 2019 Boston O2 Breathe Walk. The event was organized to support a fellow employee whose family has been impacted by the disease. Through a MER corporate donation and employee and team donations, MER helped the Pulmonary Hypertension Association to exceed their goal and raised over $54,000 for the PH community and PHA programs and services.

   

Community Impact Grant Program 

The MER Community Impact Grant program supports local initiatives. Employees at our locations around the U.S. determine what local charities are important and meaningful to the team and impactful in their communities.
MER Walks for MS

MER awarded a Community Impact Grant to WRI to raise funds and support the team, Beth’s Buddies, in the Jacksonville, FL Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Walk on April 13, 2019. Beth Nichols is married to Robert Nichols, a CDL driver for WRI. Beth has suffered from MS since 2003 but was not diagnosed until 2012. In 2019 her symptoms deepen. Beth’s personal wish is to have a solution for MS before anyone else has to go through what far too many do already. Beth’s Buddies, including WRI employees, raised over $1,000 for the Walk. There were close to 700 participants in the Jacksonville walk raising over $100,000. For more information about MS and how to get involved go to www.nationalmssociety.org

WRI Employees Participate in the Blue School Grant Program at A. Phillip Randolph High School in Jacksonville, FL

Team members from WRI, Megan Bockmeyer, and Nicole Neumann were invited for the second year in a row to the A. Phillip Randolph High School in Jacksonville, FL to participate in The Blue School Grant Program. They spoke to the students about the history of water contamination and water treatment, industrial water usage, wastewater production, wastewater treatment, and water reclamation. We donated lab supplies to hold an interactive demonstration with the students on how WRI treats industrial wastewater and discussed the science behind it. The Blue School Grant Program funds education for high school students on water resource protection.

MER Charleston Team Supports HOPE Acres

Team members out of the Charleston resource center purchased and delivered supplies to Kurt Sawyer of HOPE Acres Rescue in Summerville, SC. The horse farm is located next to the property where MER Charleston’s equipment is stored during hazardous weather and emergencies. HOPE Acres Rescue’s mission is to rescue, rehabilitate, and provide a safe haven for equines in need. The facility operates entirely on contributions, so the supplies MER donated will go a long way to help in the care of these horses. The funding for these supplies was from a MER Community Impact Grant submitted by Brennan Wallace. This is the true meaning for this grant’s focus area of Good Neighbor.

MER Commercial Diving Division in Murray, KY Supports Veterans 

On May 11, the MER Commercial Diving Division out of Murray, KY participated in the sponsorship of a Veterans Benefit Concert in Pembroke, KY. The concert supported the local organization, ResiliencyOutreach.org.The mission of the organization is to provide outreach to veterans, wounded warriors, first responders, and their families by providing programs designed to strengthen family dynamics, ease reintegration by allowing time to decompress with hopes to increase resiliency, recovery, rehabilitation, and hope. 

MER Midwest Region Supports United Way

Team members from our Midwest region participated in the DOW/United Way Golf Scramble on May 10 in Vine Grove, KY. The tournament benefited the United Way of Central Kentucky. The tournament fees and United Way donation was funded with a MER Community Impact Grant submitted by Carl Vertrees. What a great opportunity to help our local MER community while building relationships with our clients and customers.

The Community Impact Grant has supported these and many more events in 2019!