Community Engagement

At LP, we want to build strong relationships and support the communities where we live and work. Our teams share their time and expertise to help build strong communities. And we help where we’re most needed by giving money, shelter and services to our neighbors, as well as enriching children’s education and protecting the environment.

Employee Involvement

Since our beginnings, LP employees have been working and giving time to the community to help build strong relationships with our neighbors. Employees use their passion, skills and expertise as leaders and volunteers focused on the needs of their communities.

LP teams have come together from across the United States, Canada and South America to make a real impact in their communities by repairing homes, working with children, cleaning beaches, and helping raise awareness of our environment. Many of our projects can be seen on the LP Community Facebook page.

LP Volunteer Efforts

LP people volunteer as individuals and teams across the company. Just a few recent volunteer highlights:

  • From 2008 through 2014, LP worked with Rebuilding Together to help 20 families making needed repairs and energy efficiency upgrades so that families in need can safely stay in their homes, contributing more than 1,700 hours of work.

  • LP Two Harbors employees and families participated in Adopt-A-Highway cleanups and teamed with Duluth Shed to build, paint and donate a new shed to a local nonprofit helping survivors of violence.

  • The Boy Scouts of America Middle Tennessee Council bestowed the Silver Beaver Award on LP Executive Vice President Rick Olszewski in 2014, the highest award the organization bestows on a volunteer.

  • LP’s Engineering Department mentors students involved in the Academies of Nashville: The Academy of Engineering and the Academy of Alternative Energy, Logistics and Sustainability. Students participate in job shadowing, projects and events with LP employees.

  • LP Southwest Market Development Manager John Doggett completed a two-day, 150-mile ride from Houston to Austin, Texas to raise money and awareness for the Multiple Sclerosis Society, his third year of participation.

  • The LP Golden BC Safety Team joined with Royal Canadian Mounted Police and a local bike shop to put on its annual bike rodeo for grades K–3, providing more than 275 students with crosswalk safety training, bike skills, and a free bike inspection.

  • LP Nashville joined with Nashville Lumber Co. to build and furnish a playhouse benefiting Tucker’s House, a nonprofit organization that retrofits and remodels homes for easier accessibility for families with disabled and handicapped children.

  • A volunteer crew from LP Portland worked to pack 437 backpacks—three cars worth—for Schoolhouse Supplies, a local nonprofit that gives school supplies to area public schools.

  • LP employees are members of volunteer fire departments, search and rescue teams, and community development boards in the many communities where we operate.

    Nonprofit Board Participation
    LP executives and managers donate their time and expertise as members of the boards of directors for community nonprofits. From 2006 through 2014, LP managers at corporate headquarters served as directors for such organizations as the Oasis Center, Adventure Science Center, Monroe Harding, the Land Trust for Tennessee, the YWCA of Middle Tennessee, the PENCIL Foundation, Girl Scouts of the USA and Boy Scouts of Middle Tennessee, Y-Build, the Nashville Chamber of Commerce, the Red Cross and Rebuilding Together, among others.

How We Give

LP and The LP Foundation contribute both cash and product. We also support nonprofit organizations and public schools. Our charitable donations focus on shelter programs, K–12 public schools, environmental programs, social services and special needs in the communities near LP mills and offices. Our charitable grants include: Foundation General Grants Governed by a five member Board of Trustees.

Community Impact Grants

In 2013 and 2014, The LP Foundation offered the Community Impact Grant program in small, rural communities. LP mills partner with local qualified nonprofits or schools for these grants, from $1,500 to $4,000 depending on the size of our workforce at the mill.

Employee Matching Grant

Program The LP Foundation matches 100% of employee contributions (up to $1,000 per individual per year) for workplace giving campaigns to company-approved charities. The LP Foundation currently does not accept unsolicited grant applications. If you wish to inquire about grant opportunities, please send an email to The LP Foundation.

The LP Foundation IRS Determination Letter and 990 forms

The LP Grants Awarded

LP Grants 2015

Headquarter Grants

  • 4:13 Strong
  • Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation
  • Friends of Radnor Lake
  • Girl Scouts of Middle Tennessee
  • Hard Bargain Harpeth River Watershed
  • Homework Hotline
  • Land Trust of Tennessee Middle Tennessee
  • Monroe Harding
  • Nashville Food Project
  • Oasis Center Pencil Foundation
  • Pencil Foundation
  • Rebuilding Together
  • YWCA Domestic Violence Shelter

Community Grants

  • Christian Help Center of Person County
  • Communities in Schools Wilkes County, NC
  • Cullman Caring for Kids
  • Dairyland Outdoor Veterans Retreat
  • East End Volunteer Fire Department
  • Houlton Southside School
  • Household Abuse Victims Emergency Network
  • Iron County Cancer Unit
  • Jasper County Tri-Community Volunteer Fire Department
  • Jasper Fire Department
  • Minnehaha Elementary School
  • Mission Carthage, Inc.
  • Nourish NC
  • Person County Habitat for Humanity
  • Project Backpack School District 60, Peace River
  • Schoolhouse Supplies
  • Tahquamenon Area Schools
  • Tomahawk Emergency Food Pantry
  • Two Harbors Community Radio
  • Victims Services of Cullman, Inc.

In addition, The LP Foundation has matched employee contributions to scores of other organizations across the United States and Canada.