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Meet the Community Engagement Committee

By: Lodge Cast Iron / December 12, 2023

Investing in our hometown has been part of our DNA since Joseph Lodge founded the company in 1896. Recently, we established an employee-led committee with a passion for responding to needs in our area and having a genuine impact on the community, from fighting hunger and taking care of the elderly to investing in youth learning and development. Take a look at how we’re working together to get folks from across Lodge excited about giving back.

Meet the Folks Behind the Community Engagement Committee
Team Hunger 

Our focus is on fighting food insecurity and its underlying causes. We hope to help with immediate needs through volunteerism, food drives, and meal preparation, as well as identify longer-term solutions and eventually build towards them.   

“A true community is defined by how they treat those most in need. As fortunate as I have been, it is the least I can do to try and help others who can use it. I also think it is important to be seen doing so, so that others may be inspired to do the same. Many people are eager to help out and all they need is someone to kickstart the momentum. And having Lodge commit time, energy, and money towards these efforts just amplifies everything.” 

— Walker Henley, Brand Development Manager 

Community Engagement
Featured Event: Tailgate Food Fight 

We teamed up with the Chattanooga Area Food Bank and challenged four area high schools and their fan bases to donate food and money throughout the week leading up to a football game. In all, we raised the equivalent of 3,110 meals! South Pittsburg High School was this year’s winner and received a celebratory pizza party on Halloween.

Youth Learning
& Development Team 

We’re focused on developing and executing programs and initiatives that make a difference in the lives of kids in Marion County and surrounding areas. This takes many shapes like providing Lodge Museum passes to students, beautification projects at local schools, and supporting events for families in the area.  

 “As someone who is personally passionate about volunteering and giving where I can, I am extremely proud to be a part of an organization that gives so much to its community. Lodge has a long history of giving, but it’s exciting to see that commitment to giving back continuing to grow and expand. There are so many people in our area with various needs, and this committee has been set up to help address many of those needs. We have a diverse pool of talents in our organization, and everyone here has something to offer–both time and talents. Now, with organized efforts led by this committee, we can bring Lodge’s resources and talents together to make a meaningful impact within our community. I’m very excited to see how this committee continues to find ways to give back.” 

— Amy Pilgrim, Product Marketing Manager 
 

Community Engagement
Featured Event: Back to School

Lodge volunteers completed beautification projects at South Pittsburg High and Elementary Schools. Volunteers spread fresh mulch at the high school and painted gates, railings, and posts at the elementary school. Committee members and volunteers also represented Lodge and distributed supplies at Back-to-School Bash events in schools across Marion County.

Helping the Elderly Team 

This group’s purpose is to give back to the elderly by working with assisted living facilities,  hosting social events, and planning donation drives. By doing so, we hope to connect with and support the people who have come before us to shape our community.  

“I am so blessed to work with the wonderful people in this committee. I continue to be inspired by their passion and personal commitment to support our mission and make an impact in the lives of people in our community.” 

— Amanda Groves, VP of People & Culture 

Cookies for Food Bank
Featured Event: Holiday Social 

Volunteers brought holiday cheer to folks in local assisted living facilities by hosting holiday socials during November and December. The team brought homemade treats and hot chocolate to share with residents at Signature HealthCARE in South Pittsburg, TN, and Cumberland Health & Rehab in Bridgeport, AL. 
 

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