It has been a very busy few months for the Lafarge Ravena team when it comes to giving back to the community. We are proud to be able to support a wide range of events - some of which were new to us, while others have been a longstanding tradition. The 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:
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.