While GATX has volunteered with Big Shoulders for many years, we became a new participant in the Big Shoulder Fund’s Patrons Program in 2015. The Patrons Program establishes direct and long-term relationships between Patrons and inner-city schools with the goal of providing these schools with the tools and funding to ensure every child gets the best education possible. Through this relationship, GATX employees have the opportunity to offer volunteer hours, guidance, tutoring, and much-needed funding to ensure those inner-city schools’ long-term success.
In early 2015 GATX adopted two schools: St. Margaret of Scotland, in Washington Heights, and St. Benedict the African, in Englewood. We are now tasked with investing in changes and programs that can significantly improve the students’ safety, well-being and learning environment. In addition to monetary contributions, our employees will be mentoring students, advising faculty, and participating in volunteer projects.
“Big Shoulders matched our Company with two schools that had needs in areas that we felt GATX was most suited to help. By becoming a Patron, we will help determine each school’s most pressing needs and develop a plan to meet those needs. Our employees will get involved individually at a level they are comfortable with, and we have provided several opportunities for them to do so with the schools. GATX employees have always been involved in the communities where we operate. By working directly with Big Shoulders schools, they can have a much more direct impact,” said Brian Kenney, President and CEO of GATX.
Most recently, our employees participated in an all-company volunteer day at both Patron schools where amongst other tasks, they painted and cleaned classrooms and hallways and landscaped the grounds to ready the schools for a new year. The event brought together nearly 175 GATX employees.