Mission statements define an organization’s purpose, what it is trying to achieve through its operations, products, and service. At Petoskey Plastics, our mission statement is to earn the appreciation and respect of our customers, associates, and communities. To us, it’s not just a mission statement, it’s the core of our company culture.
As one of the essential components of our mission statement, Petoskey Plastics has always considered the strength of our relationships between our associates and with our communities to be an important part of our success. We couldn’t be prouder to have associates on our team who are willing to dedicate their time, talents, and resources to those in need. This becomes even more apparent during the holiday season.
Every year our associates participate in multiple Toys for Tots drives, donate to the Women’s Resource Center of Northern Michigan, and take part in other charity events and fundraisers. At our Petoskey Plant, the Toys for Tots drive is funded by the pop can returns throughout the year and our company matches the returns. That alone typically raises enough money for two gaylord containers full of toys for donation. This year, an extra $300 for Toys for Tots was raised by a competition between shifts at the Petoskey plant.
While the Toys for Tots is one of our main charity focuses this time of the year, our charitable associates demonstrate care and compassion for each other and the community on a routine basis. Over the Thanksgiving holiday, associates adopted a peer and his family, bringing in a collection of food that was presented to their fellow associate for the holiday. In addition, a recent 50/50 raffle generated nearly $500 for an associate who had been unable to work and was facing financial difficulties. The winner of the raffle even ended up donating 100% of his winnings back to his fellow associate for whom the benefit was held. The solid character and sacrifice that was demonstrated is a tribute to the team of associates who work for Petoskey Plastics.
A few days ago, a bulletin was posted to gather clothing donations for a local family who had just lost everything in a house fire. An associate made an appeal to assist the family and we’ve already started to see a positive response. While a fire is not a common event, these are common responses by our associates to help others as we all face the peaks and valleys of a normal life.
These are just a few examples of ways that our associates help improve the lives of those around them. Whether it is generating volunteers for a community event, making a child’s Christmas a little brighter or assisting those in our community who are facing hardship – Petoskey Plastics associates demonstrate a connection to our team and our larger community. Every associate is an outstanding example of living true to our mission statement.