Willamalane & International Paper Announce Multi-year Partnership

two children wearing International Paper branded life vestsWillamalane Park and Recreation District and International Paper announced that Willamalane was awarded a three year grant to increase water safety for youth as well as greater access for less advantaged children in Springfield by presenting them scholarships for the popular 1PASS program. 

The $50,000 grant will be awarded over three years with monies to be spent throughout on lifejackets, storage containers at five area parks to support the Willamalane Summer Playground Program and for 1PASS scholarships for the next three years. 

International Paper branded life vests on a hangerWinetrout is excited that International Paper and Willamalane were able to partner on three specific programs that highlight community needs and the goals and vision of their company values. “The International Paper Mill in Springfield donates to non-profit organizations that have a need in one of our signature causes of education, hunger, health and wellness and disaster relief. This opportunity with Willamalane allows us to aid three of those causes. Our employees were united saying that they felt Willamalane was an organization they felt strongly that they wanted to help.” 

Wargo echoes those sentiments. “To have a local company feel the enthusiasm about the mission of Willamalane is exciting. Children will be able to swim safely at our two aquatics facilities, enjoy the Summer Playground Program and take advantage of everything the 1PASS has to offer all due to the generosity of International Paper. We cannot thank them enough."

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