Indium in the Community
Indium Corporation is proud of its activity in the community. Our involvement includes volunteering, participating, or sponsoring many charitable events and organizations.
Below are some of the community events that Indium has been involved with.
Summer ITeens Tour
Indium Corporation hosted students from the State University of New York Institute of Technology (SUNY IT)’s Summer ITeens program, Thursday, August 8, 2013. Students participating in the 3-day nanotechnology camp toured Indium’s Business Park Facility in Utica, NY. The purpose of the tour was to provide students with an overview of manufacturing practices, with an emphasis on nanotechnology. The students also participated in small group discussions with several Indium Corporation engineers. The camp provided students with hand-on experience with nano-applications and insight into engineering as a career choice.
Mohawk Valley Community College Visitors
Indium Corporation hosted several visitors from Mohawk Valley Community College (MVCC) on May 13, 2013. Professor Oanh Thieu, visiting professor from Kien Giang Community College in Vietnam, and Franca Armstrong, Executive Director, and Karen Scott, Coordinator for Corporate Training for the Corporate and Community Education Center toured our Business Park Facility in Utica, NY. The purpose of the tour was to provide Professor Thieu with a high level overview of our manufacturing practices.
Professor Thieu is the head of the English Department at her college in Vietnam. She has an MA in Teaching English as a Second Language from Can Tho University, which is the Mekong Delta’s equivalent of a “Big Ten” university.
The Spinnaker Tower Experience
Indium Corporation’s Karen Place, account coordinator with our European operations, raised money for charity by abseiling (rappelling) 310 feet over the famous Spinnaker Tower in Portsmouth, England on May 5.
“I was pushing myself to achieve something that I always wanted to do,” Karen said.
Karen and her friend raised over £1,000 for Royal Brompton & Harefield Hospital, the largest specialized heart and lung center in the UK. The money raised was designated for the purchase of equipment for the “Monsoon Room”, which helps children born with serious lung conditions and with their future development.
The Mighty Run
Indium Corporation’s Mike Dunn, Shipping Technician, and Chuck Valuckas, Chief Pilot, participated in central New York’s first adventure race, The Mighty Run. Held on May 4th, this team-based competition consisted of 5 kilometers of mud, sweat, fire, and water challenges. The event was held in support of the Masonic Care Community, a long-term care facility in Utica, NY.
SUNY IT Robotics Open House
Westmoreland High School Student Visit
2013 Mohawk Valley Technology Education & Pre-Engineering Showcase
Indium Corporation sponsored the State University of New York Institute of Technology’s (SUNY IT) Education and Pre-Engineering Showcase on March 14. Over 320 students from 20 local schools from the Mohawk Valley competed in one of 13 different competitions, including CAD, wind energy, robotics, junkyard wars, and CO2 cars.
The Indium Corporation participates in several community-based programs to support students exploring careers in STEM (science, technology, engineering, math), marketing, operations, and more.
From brief exploratory visits, to job shadowing, to internships, we host students ranging from junior high school through university level in our facilities. We actively seek official educational programs in which to participate – so that we are able to serve our communities and our neighbors in cultivating tomorrow’s leaders.
In addition, the Indium Corporation hosts visits from teachers seeking to gain richer insight into their teaching of career options. These instructors benefit by seeing real-world practices, and options for their students. They are able to bring this knowledge into their classrooms. The Indium Corporation gains by learning from these teachers. It’s a great community partnership.
Supporting the American Heart Association
Indium Corporation employees supported the American Heart Association during the months of February and March through a variety of fundraisers.
February 1: Indium Corporation employees wore red to support the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women Day. Go Red for Women promotes awareness of women and heart disease, and encourages everyone to take action to save more lives. Employees who donated $5 to the American Heart Association received a Go Red pin and were allowed to wear jeans for the day.
March 4: Indium Corporation employees participated in America’s Greatest Heart Run & Walk on Saturday, March 2 in Utica, N.Y. The annual event raised over 1.1 million dollars for the American Heart Association. This was Team Indium’s 5th year as a corporate team, although a number of employees have participated in this event individually for several years.
Indium Corporation Collects Donations for Hurricane Sandy
“Superstorm” Sandy rolled through the east coast of the United States in November 2012. Parts of New York City and New Jersey were hard-hit, leaving thousands of people without power, and thousands of people without a place to live.
Indium Corporation employees and families collected donations to be sent to those in need. Donation boxes were set up in facilities to collect clothing, food, and other supplies.
Indium Corporation in Europe Participates in “Movember”
Members of the Indium Corporation team in Europe participated in “Movember”, an international charity promoting men’s health. The charity requires that participants grow a mustache for the duration of the month of November.
Each “MoBro” must begin the first of Movember with a clean shaven face. For the entire month, each MoBro must grow and groom a mustache. Each MoBro must conduct themselves like a true gentleman and do what they can to promote conversation around men’s health issues. Participants can shave their mustache after the month is over.
Special Olympics World Games
The Indium Corporation supported the Special Olympics World Summer Games by donating the use of their corporate aircraft and crew for athlete transportation purposes. The Special Olympics World Summer Games were held in Ames, Iowa. As a member of the Cessna Citation Special Olympics Airlift, Indium Corporation donated the use of their aircraft and crew to transport Special Olympians to and from Iowa. Getting the 1,500 athletes to Iowa, from all across the USA, required a unique and rewarding effort - an effort that is known as THE SPECIAL OLYMPICS AIRLIFT. Flying this many athletes from across the continent into one city on one day (and back home again - in one day) requires an extremely-well coordinated effort, and a group of very gracious volunteers. The Cessna Corporation (makers of business jets) coordinated 235 volunteer Cessna Citations and got all the athletes to and from the games successfully.
According to Charles Valuckas, Indium's Flight Department Manager and Chief Pilot, "We were excited to be a part of this humanitarian event. It was strictly a donation on the part of Indium, intended to support this great cause."
The Indium aircraft has previously been tapped to transport organ transplant emergencies. It is normally used to support Indium Corporation business.
"Our flight department is extremely busy with Indium Corporation business applications. We happily made this exception in our scheduling to serve a very worthy cause," said Rick Short, Indium's Director of Corporate Communications.
Indium Corporation is located in the heart of Central New York, USA, the home to the second largest 15 kilometer foot race in the world, and the largest in North America. The Boilermaker hosts approximately 10,000 runners, and over 30,000 spectators from around the world.
The Boilermaker is one of the top 100 road races in the United States. Indium Corporation is proud of its runners and volunteers in this great community event.
Check out the Boilermaker web site at boilermaker.com.
Another Successful "Ride for Missing Children"
Indium teammates Anita Brown, Ivan Castellanos, Pat Ryan, Ed Gudlauski, and Greg Evans celebrate after completing another "The Ride for Missing Children".
"The Ride for Missing Children" has been held annually for 12 years to create awareness about the plight of missing and exploited children and the need for safety education of our children. 100% of the funds raised by the riders go toward paying for posters to help find children who are missing or abducted. Over 350 riders participated in this 110-mile ride that starts in Oneida, NY, USA and ends in New Hartford, NY. The riders visit 6 schools meeting hundreds of school children to teach them about safety and abduction prevention. The event raised money to purchase over 650,000 posters to help in the search for missing and exploited children. The mission: To keep our children safe, one child at a time.
CHAIRity to support Sculpture Space
Indium Corporation participated in the 15th Annual CHAIRity to support Sculpture Space. 300 members of our local community turned out to help create the most successful fund raiser in the organization's history.
More information can be found at www.sculpturespace.org.
The holiday season brings out the best in many people
The holiday season brings out the best in many people. It also reminds us that there are people in this world who can use a little help on occasion. Indium's Ivan Castellanos, a Technical Sales Engineer based in Mexico, and his girlfriend Karen, put it all together and organized a Christmas party for approximately 100 homeless children in Guadalajara.
Ivan shared that, "It was so great to be able to do this for those little ones. Their faces were full of happiness."
Great job, Ivan and Karen!
America's Greatest Heart Run & Walk
Central New York is renowned for its charitable nature. Utica's major fund raiser for the AHA raises a record $1,000,000 per year - with the help of about 40 Indium volunteers and their family members.
This kind of community support is exactly why we love the Central New York region. We're proud of our town - and of the Indium people who devote their time to help others.
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