More than 600 employees give back during Freeport-McMoRan's Global Volunteer Month.

June 15, 2018

(June 5, 2018) The company's Global Volunteer Month may have come and gone, but the impact left from the many ways employees gave back to their communities will last for years.

More than 600 employees, their families and friends from 21 sites volunteered nearly 6,000 hours to 36 service projects during April. The time donated was worth an estimated $146,000 to local communities based on the national value of a volunteer hour by the Independent Sector, a national membership organization bringing together nonprofits, foundations and corporate-giving programs to advance the common good.

"This year, participating employees from each of the company's global operations continued the tradition of service by donating their time and talents to improve their communities and make a lasting benefit in the neighborhoods where they live and work," said Tracy Bame, Director-Social Responsibility and Community Development.

Employees joined in everything from food drives and health fairs to community improvement and environmental projects. Here's a sampling of some of this year's happenings: 

  • Atlantic Copper – Employees volunteered at an annual children's race consisting of a sports challenge and food drive benefiting the Huelva Red Cross and local emergency food pantry.
  • Cerro Verde – Volunteers used recycled materials to build outdoor play spaces for young children at two rural pre-primary schools without government funding.
  • Oro Valley – Employees collected more than 247 pounds of food for a local food bank.
  • PT Freeport Indonesia – Volunteers helped with various activities to raise public awareness of tuberculosis, malaria prevention, nutrition and hygiene.
  • Sierrita – Employees took part in a roadway clean-up event.

"Employees are engaged in their communities throughout the year, but Global Volunteer Month in April is the time for us to join together as one company to celebrate volunteer service, and give back to the people, organizations and places who are in need, and where we can really make a difference," Bame said.


A special thanks to the following volunteer coordinator representatives who helped make Global Volunteer Month such a success:  

Ajo – John Lane and Alfredo Nogales
Atlantic Copper – Antonio de la Vega
Bagdad – David Hernandez
Bayway – Michele Sampson
Bisbee and Douglas –Linda Ambriz and Jessica Knowlton
Cerro Verde – Jose Medina
Colorado Operations – Nell Wareham and Tara Hosick
El Paso – Becky Oyston
Miami – Robin Bradford
Morenci – Emily Muteb
New Mexico Operations – Kevin Cook
Norwich – Rayna Dakin and Charles Mettry
Oro Valley – Jessica Merino
Phoenix – Diana Whiteaker
PT Freeport Indonesia – Govert Waramori
Safford – Sean Wenham
Southern Arizona Operations – Collette Brown, Trinan Verwys and Malyree Harper
Tohono – Stacy Guinn and Ray Romero


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