AKRON, Ohio, July 14, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- GOJO Industries, the leading global producer and marketer of skin health and hygiene solutions, strengthened its support for career-vocational education among young people by serving as the sponsor for this year's SkillsUSA community service project held during the organization's 2015 National Leadership and Skills Conference in Louisville, Ky., Fri. June 26th.
The week-long conference for the national nonprofit, which is committed to developing a quality trade, technical and skilled service workforce, concluded with the community service project, where more than 500 SkillsUSA students volunteered at 11 project sites throughout the Greater Louisville area.
"SkillsUSA is an organization that shares our commitment to community engagement and social responsibility," said Dan Edwards, GOJO sales vice president, industrial and government. "We saw firsthand the leadership and initiative these students demonstrated at the national service project. Their efforts made a huge impact throughout the Greater Louisville community, and we were honored to be a part of it."
The projects included:
- Habitat for Humanity – Students assisted at housing construction sites in local neighborhoods.
- Louisville Metro Parks – Through mulching and weeding, students participated in the beautification of multiple parks in the area.
- Water Step – Students partnered with this local nonprofit to sort food donations and to discover ways to provide clean drinking water to developing counties.
- Youth Build – Students assisted in landscaping, gardening and painting for an outdoor learning classroom.
- Dare to Care – At this local food pantry, students sorted donations and boxed care packages.
This is the second year GOJO sponsored the community service event.
"The national service project in Louisville was the culmination of a year-long outpouring of support for communities across America," said SkillsUSA Executive Director Tim Lawrence. "SkillsUSA is thrilled that GOJO stepped up for the second year in a row as our national champion for service. The commitment from GOJO demonstrates a true partnership of business and education and support for our students who want to leave our communities and the world a better place. I commend GOJO for their support and their dedication to a partnership that has made a true difference in the lives of students and the lives of the people they serve."
GOJO Industries is the inventor of PURELL® Advanced Instant Hand Sanitizer and the leading global producer and marketer of skin health and hygiene solutions for away-from-home settings. The broad GOJO product portfolio includes hand cleaning, handwashing, hand sanitizing and skin care formulas under the GOJO®, PURELL® and PROVON® brand names. GOJO formulations use the latest advances in the science of skin care and sustainability. GOJO is known for state-of-the-art dispensing systems, engineered with attention to design, sustainability and functionality. GOJO programs promote healthy behaviors for hand hygiene, skin care and compliance in critical environments. GOJO is a privately held corporation headquartered in Akron, Ohio, with operations in the United Kingdom, France, Australia, Japan, Mexico, Canada and Brazil.
SkillsUSA helps students discover and grow their career passions. As a nationwide partnership of students, instructors and industry working together, SkillsUSA works to ensure America has a skilled workforce. It helps every student excel. The nationwide career and technical education student organization annually serves more than 300,000 high school, college and postsecondary students — and their instructors — in technical, skilled and service occupation instructional programs. Career and technical education is learning that works for America. SkillsUSA has the active support of more than 600 corporations, trade associations, business and labor unions at the national level. Over 11 million people have been annual members of SkillsUSA since its founding as the Vocational Industrial Clubs of America on May 8, 1965. SkillsUSA programs teach leadership, citizenship and character development to complement technical skills training. The organization emphasizes respect for the dignity of work, ethics, workmanship, scholarship and safety. For more information, go to http://www.skillsusa.org.
SOURCE GOJO Industries