UCOR has established a “Culture of Caring” philosophy that guides our philanthropy. We strive to be an active corporate partner in the communities where we conduct business and to contribute to the causes in which our workforce believe. Our philanthropy includes both financial donations and occasionally in-kind donations of technical expertise.
To effectively manage our giving program, we have established four focus areas, as follows:
- Children’s Advocacy: Under this area, we support organizations like the East Tennessee Children’s Hospital, Oak Ridge Children’s Museum, Second Harvest Food Bank, and more.
- Education and Workforce Development: In addition to the programs previously described, we support STEM education at all levels, including our annual mini-grants program that provides grants to area schools in nine East Tennessee counties. We also support the Tennessee Science Bowl and various robotics teams at area schools.
- Health and Wellness: UCOR’s workforce has long support the annual Butterfly Bash. We also support Methodist Medical Center, and United Way.
- Conservation and Preservation: Among other organizations, we support the Legacy Parks Foundation, the Clinch River Trail Alliance, and the Foothills Land Conservancy.
The contributions of individual UCOR employees supplement corporate donations to local charitable agencies and educational institutions. The company also conducts an annual United Way campaign, raising funds to support United Way agencies that assist citizens throughout our region.
Much of UCOR’s community involvement stems from close working relationships with the company’s labor partners—the Knoxville Building and Construction Trades Council and the Atomic Trades and Labor Council.
In addition to financial contributions, area communities also benefit from the time and talent of UCOR managers and employees who serve on various boards and agencies and lend their experience and expertise to key organizations throughout the region. These include the Children’s Museum of Oak Ridge; East Tennessee Economic Council; Foothills Land Conservancy; Legacy Parks Foundation; Methodist Medical Center; Oak Ridge Public Schools Education Foundation; and United Way.
Employees have also donated their skills and services to the construction of a hospitality house to serve out-of-town patients and their families seeking treatment at the Methodist Medical Center in Oak Ridge.