Giving Back: A Value Central to NuWay’s Culture
NuWay Cooperative provides for and gives back to the communities in which our members and our employees live and work. As a major employer offering good-paying jobs and career opportunities, we’re a force for good—attracting local talent to stay and raise their families and new talent to settle here.
NuWay Cooperative is also an engaged corporate citizen, sponsoring and participating in local government, education, service organizations and events with the aim of preserving and enriching lives. At the same time, we prefer to do things behind the scenes, without splashy headlines or bright lights.
For this reason, you may not have heard that NuWay Cooperative and Land O’Lakes together contributed $10,000 to the Heaven’s Table Food Shelf Backpack program. This program makes sure children at risk of weekend hunger receive a bag of food that is child-friendly, nutritious, non-perishable and easy to prepare and eat. Students from Fairmont, Martin County West and Truman Schools benefited from the Backpack program in 2015-16.
NuWay also co-sponsored “From the Ground Up,” an effort to acquaint the influencers in our communities with the people and challenges of agriculture. Held on a farm north of Fairmont, the event was also a fundraiser for the FFA. “From the Ground Up” brought politicians, media, health care experts and a variety of business people from Martin County together with area farmers, who explained their roles in the ag industry and answered questions.
In addition, NuWay Cooperative made a donation to the construction of a building at Heritage Acres, an agricultural interpretive center outside of Fairmont that is designed to tell the ongoing story of farming. We also contribute seed for planting at the center. This donated seed is always harvested in October as part of a Fall Festival that is open to the public.
Each year, NuWay participates in and donates to many community events such as parades, 4-H achievement days and county fairs. We purchase thousands of dollars in premiums at livestock auctions held during these events, supporting the important role 4-H plays in the developing future ag leaders.
We’re not just good corporate citizens. Our members and employees donate hundreds of volunteer hours as local firefighters and EMTs, scout leaders, team coaches, town council members and church deacons—to name a few roles. We’re proud of the way our people give back to their communities.
Whether corporately or individually, we do everything with generosity, integrity and an unswerving commitment to the towns and cities in which we live and work. This dedication stems from the core values of NuWay Cooperative’s Brand Vision: “We want to be a diverse partner to you and your community, delivering exceptional value through knowledge and innovation.”