COMMUNITY AND GIVING
Giving: Sponsorship and Donation Request Form
The plant has a long history of supporting local events and organizations that positively impact residents in the community where we operate and are in keeping with the foundational aims and ideals of our operation. We are pleased to be able to continue this longstanding tradition by streamlining and formalizing our application process to make it easier and more accessible.
To formally request sponsorship or a donation, please complete the form linked here, which will be reviewed by members of our local plant Giving Committee and Holcim’s Government and Public Affairs team. Decisions regarding giving will be made on a rolling basis. Thank you for your interest and your ongoing service to the community we share.
Our Community Efforts
We are proud to be able to support a wide range of community events - some of which were new to us, while others have been a longstanding tradition. The Lafarge Ravena plant is committed to supporting programs and organizations that benefit local residents because we believe in being a good neighbor, but also because we live and work here – just like you.
A brief overview of all our community-based efforts:
The Ravena team donated $2,500 and two hours of volunteer time to support St. Patrick’s Church’s effort to ensure that over 100 local families had enough food this Christmas and New Year’s. We were thrilled to have the opportunity to build on our support of this program during Thanksgiving. St. Patrick’s estimates that all told, the food it distributes each holiday feeds between 300 and 400 individuals in our community.
Pictured from left to right: Leah Smith, Dave MacLauchlin, Christina Conte, Scott Derhammer, Brian Soeffing, Chris Ricciardi, Randy Bitely, Robert McGehee.
Recognizing that there are many members of our community who struggle with food insecurity, the Lafarge Ravena plant recently contributed $1,500 to the “Feed Your Mind, Feed A Family” program, launched in 2021 by Capital Region Independent Media, publisher of our local newspaper, the Ravena News-Herald.
Together with other local businesses and charitable organizations, 240 Thanksgiving meals – including turkey and all the trimmings sufficient to serve at least six people – were donated, feeding approximately 1,440 individuals. In Ravena and nearby Greeneville alone, 140 meals, enough to feed between 840 and 1,000 people – were donated to families and charitable groups.
Members of the Ravena team, led by Robert McGehee, Director of Environment and Land for the Northeast Region at Holcim, attended a ceremony at the Shop ‘N’ Save in Ravena’s Faith Plaza the week before Thanksgiving to help distribute bags of food, each of which contained a 12-pound turkey, rolls, a bag of potatoes, two cans of corn, a box of stuffing, a can of cranberry sauce, and a liter of soda.
It was the plant’s second year participating in “Feed Your Mind, Feed A Family.”
“We have been here for 60 years, this is our home, this is where our employees live and play, so it really means a lot to us to take part in these events and support everyone around us - especially those who need support at this time of the year,” McGehee said.
Lafarge Ravena was proud and honored to again serve as a sponsor for the Feliciano Body Works Car Show – now in its fourth year – which raises money for the Special Olympics. The event took place on Saturday, Sept. 17, 2022, plant manager Dave MacLauchlin attended, and the Lafarge plant was well represented, receiving a trophy and acknowledgement for its participation and support.
Right: Ravena plant manager Dave MacLauchlin presenting a total of $15,000 to support the Evening on the Green concert series and 2022 RiverFest, alongside RiverFest Chair Rosemary McHugh and Coeymans Town Supervisor George McHugh. The Ravena plant leadership team is proud to be able to continue its longstanding tradition of supporting programs and events that benefit the community.
Left: Greg McDade, electrical superintendent at the Ravena plant, is the man behind this July 4th installation at Quarry Belt 1, and it runs over the top of CR101, US 9W, and the CSX railroad tracks just before the plant entrance. It is a testament to the Armed Services, the members of whom have been fighting to protect our freedom and that of people around the globe for decades. We salute them!
Four days before Christmas, Lafarge Ravena plant manager Dave MacLauchlin presented a $2,000 donation check to Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk (RCS) School Superintendent Dr. Brian Bailey to help provide holiday gifts for students whose families face financial hardship.
This is double the plant’s 2020 contribution, and came as a welcome surprise to Dr. Bailey, who has been working with his staff to ensure that every child feels special and loved this holiday season — a particularly meaningful and important effort in these challenging times.
On the same day, (Tuesday, Dec. 21, 2021), Lafarge Ravena employees delivered food purchased from the local Shop and Save grocery store on Main Street in Ravena to the food pantry at St. Patrick’s Church to support their holiday food donation program.
The plant’s new environmental director, Robert McGehee, presented the pantry’s director, Diane Hoffman, with an official Lafarge polo shirt – in pink – and also a check for $4,000 to help cover the costs of this year’s Thanksgiving and Christmas food drives.
Also pictured are Lafarge employees Ian King, Scott Derhammer and Leah Smith.
Lafarge Ravena’s first responders tour, held on Nov. 12, 2021. The plant manager, Dave MacLauchlin, and Area Environmental and Public Affairs Manager Aaron Kelsey hosted representatives from four local agencies — two Coeymans fire companies, the Albany County Sheriff’s Office and the Coeymans Building Department - some of whom have not been on the 3,200-acre site since a multimillion-dollar modernization was completed in 2017. The tour included a visit to the top of the pre-heat tour, as well as the control room and other key areas of the plant, with the goal of familiarizing first responders with the site and its operations in the event that they need to answer a call at the plan.
Plant manager Dave MacLauchlin presenting at the quarterly Community Advisory Committee meeting, held at Red’s Restaurant in West Coxsackie on Oct. 27, 2021. The purpose of these meetings is to continue dialogue and information exchanges between LafargeHolcim, the LH Ravena Cement Plant and key community stakeholders. Also at this meeting, local resident Mary Driscoll, whose late husband worked at the plant, was honored for her long-standing dedication and work on behalf of the local community and her unwavering support of the plant.
R-C Sportsmen’s Club youth fishing derby (June 6)
Village of Ravena Friendship Festival (Aug. 28)
Ceitlin Applby, chair of the Ravena Friendship Festival, receives a $9,000 donation from Greg McMade, Lafarge Ravena electrical superintendent.
Second annual Coeymans Riverfest (Sept. 10–11)
On July 8, Plant Manager Dave MacLauchlin presented Coeymans Supervisor George McHugh and Riverfest Event Coordinator Rosemary McHugh with a $10,000 contribution to help bring this popular end-of-summer celebration back to the community.
Greene County Volunteer Firemen's Association Parade (Sept. 11)
Charlie Steger, Ravena plant production manager, provides a $1,600 donation to Scott Van Wormer, chair of the Cornell Hook & Ladder Fire Company, for the 125th Anniversary and 133rd Greene County Volunteer Firemen's Association Festival.
Community-wide RCS Clothing Drive at the Pieter B. Coeymans Elementary School gymnasium. (Sept. 18) Pictured: Greg McMade, Lafarge Ravena electrical superintendent
Deer Mountain Park clean-up. (Sept. 25). Part of an ongoing effort to restore access to a former Wildlife Council Habitat certified site, which includes clearing a path to enable public use of this unique greenspace once again.
From left to right: Nathanial Bray, investigator, Albany County Sheriff's Office; Michael Van Flue, project engineer, CAD Manager, H2H Associates; Daniel D. Baker, councilman, Town of Coeymans; Douglas P. Cole, P.E., senior director, Water and Wastewater, Prime AE Group of NY; Lila Wickham, 11; James Wickham, electrician, Lafarge plant
Third annual Feliciano Body Works Car Show to benefit the Special Olympics New York, sponsored by Lafarge Ravena. (Sept. 25). This event raised $13,000 to support young Special Olympics athletes in the Capital Region. Lafarge sponsored the food, which was free for all attendees.