Globally, Rogers Corporation employees participate in annual charitable activities to benefit their local communities. Though these contributions occur throughout the year, we wanted to take a moment to recognize the holiday-based deeds our colleagues contributed to this year.

Arizona

For the twelfth consecutive year, Arizona Rogers Corporation employees “adopted” senior citizens in our community and donated special Christmas gifts for them. The program, coordinated by Home Instead Senior Care, partners with area agencies to reach out to local solitary elders during the holiday season and assembles gift wish lists. Arizona Rogers employees then “adopt” these seniors, purchase items and wrap their gifts for delivery.

Helen Harrold & Karen Crawford

This year, 50 seniors received special Christmas gifts as a result of this program. Two very full vehicles were unloaded into the Home Instead offices, showing the generosity of the program participants. In addition to the main “wish list” presents, extra small items and cash donations were also contributed.

Connecticut

Gifts gathered under the tree

Similarly, Connecticut-based Rogers employees have participated in a program aimed at children with the Tommy Toy Fund. Employees collect and donate toys, books, hats and mittens to children in need aged newborn to 12 years old who might otherwise be without on Christmas morning. The toys are collected from local businesses then distributed to the families a week before Christmas. This past year, the Northeastern Connecticut branch of the Tommy Toy Fund put a smile on the faces of over 1,100 children from over 500 families.

In the spirit of giving back, any Rogers employee who donated a new, unwrapped toy won a chance for Rogers to make a monetary donation to a charity of their choice. This year’s winners selected the following organizations:  Backus Cancer Center, Daily Bread Food Pantry, PAWS and Center of Hope Foundation.

China

Dongran Migrant School workshop participants

Rogers employees in Suzhou, China supported the Dongran Migrant School of students from rural areas for the fourth consecutive year. Together with the Psychological Institute, the Rogers teams brought the gift of a helpful workshop to the 48 teachers at the school. This workshop focused on Psychological Health, informing teachers both the importance of maintaining a work-life balance and how to identify and assist students with mental illness. The teachers were also given gifts of rice, a useful offering that is a symbol of gratitude and demonstrates Rogers’ caring to the community.

Better Together

Thank you to all Rogers employees that contribute to our standard of Corporate Responsibility with your generosity. The above stories are just three examples of how Rogers Corporation’s global employees strive to improve their communities throughout the year. With giving hearts and the spirit of generosity, we are doing our part to make the world better, together.

Cultivating a Global Team

On September 25, 2018, in Careers/Human Resources, Corporate, by mdippel

Currently, Rogers Corporation has sixteen manufacturing locations and seven additional global sales offices spanning nine countries around the world. These locations boast a workforce of more than 3,400 employees. While these numbers are notable, they only tell part of the story.

Rogers is a truly global company, where we get to interact regularly with colleagues across the world.

“Working with colleagues in different regions of the world often brings different perspectives,” says Mike Brodeur, Senior Web Developer. “These different ideas, when brought together, quite often make our final solution more effective and well thought out.”

Mike’s observation is a sentiment shared throughout the company. “My role has me interacting across multiple continents on a daily basis,” says Sheryl Long, Senior Global Marketing Communications Manager. “I enjoy seeing so many people from different parts of the world and different cultures working together towards mutual goals.”

Our global manufacturing footprint means we can be responsive to customers in each region we serve. According to Steve Ubelhoer, North America Sales Director:

Local manufacturing increases options for customers. It means local production in the same time zone and often the same language for quicker answers, less transit time for materials when demand spikes, fewer worries about tariffs, taxes and customs and duplicate production capabilities for disaster recovery plans. In a world where customers are looking for suppliers to reduce their concerns, this is often a significant advantage for Rogers that our competitors cannot offer.

Not only does Rogers have a wide range of facility locations, but we also have career opportunities across numerous disciplines. From manufacturing and production to IT and finance, it takes a diverse workforce to keep Rogers moving forward. If this exciting and bustling global organization is something that you would enjoy being a part of, check out our current career opportunities.

Tagged with:  

June 30th will be remembered in Arizona as one of the darkest days in the state’s recent history. Nineteen highly skilled firefighters were tragically killed by a raging wildfire that devastated Yarnell, AZ and many surrounding towns. What has become known as the Yarnell Hill Fire was the deadliest incident for fire crews since September 11, 2001.

1002756_10200881951507638_2071191512_nFollowing the loss of these heroes, wives, parents, children, and friends in Arizona and around the country have been left to carry on without their loved ones, the youngest of whom were only 21 years old. A fund has been established in their memory to help support their families.

Rogers Corporation is honoring these fallen heroes with a donation of $5,000 to the relief fund established by the United Phoenix Fire Fighters Association and Prescott Fire Fighters Charities. As a 501(c)3 fund, donations made by Rogers’ employees are eligible for the Rogers Matching Gift program. Learn more about how you can help our fallen heroes.

Please be aware, there are many organizations accepting donations to benefit the families and victims of this tragedy. If you choose to donate, please make sure to do so with a verified agency or fund.

We are grateful for the sacrifices that our first responders make every day to protect our safety. Thanks to these nineteen heroes, countless lives were saved and communities protected from the tragic Yarnell Hill Fire. Their story will not be forgotten, and their loved ones will not be left to carry on alone. Thank you to everyone who has contributed to help support these families.

To learn more about the Prescott Fire Department’s Granite Hotshot Crew, please visit www.yarnellfallenfirefighters.com

Tagged with:  

The Rogers Community Network is teaming up with Soles4Souls again this year to help provide essential footwear to those in need.  In 2011, Rogers donated over 400 pairs of shoes to the cause and this year we hope to exceed that milestone!

Soles4SoulsDo you have a pair of new or gently worn shoes ready for a new home?  Consider donating them to a great cause.  Soles4Souls accepts all types of footwear including athletic shoes, running sneakers, sandals, high heels, work boots and more.

Where will your shoes go?  Every year, Soles4Souls helps communities recuperating from natural disasters such as the recent devastating tornadoes in Oklahoma.  Footwear is also sent to orphanages, homeless shelters, women’s domestic abuse shelters, hospitals and more.

Founded in 2004 by Wayne Elsey, Soles4Souls is a global not-for-profit institution dedicated to fighting the devastating impact and perpetuation of poverty through the distribution of shoes and clothing.

Can you imagine a day without shoes, protecting us from the elements, dangerous disease and injury?  For many around the world, walking is the only means of transportation and without proper footwear, this daily trek can pose hazardous challenges.

We are told that the best way to understand how others live is to take a walk in their shoes.  But what better way to help our community and those around the world than to let them take a walk in ours?  Let’s help Soles4Souls take another step toward helping those in need!

Tagged with:  

By Human Resources Department

Giving back to the community comes in many forms at Rogers Corporation.  For Kim Salvas, Senior IT Manager at Rogers, it comes in the shape of 5-month-old Fidelco German Shepherd puppy, Zelda.  Zelda is the newest addition to the Fidelco Guide Dog Foundation, in training to become a life-changing partner to a man or woman who is blind.

Volunteering with FidelcoKim first began volunteering with Fidelco after losing her beloved dog to cancer.  “I found Fidelco to be very highly rated and offered weekly training for the puppy raisers,” Kim explains.  “I received my first puppy, Kaleb in June of 2006.”

Zelda is Kim’s fourth Fidelco puppy.  Two of her past trainees have become life-changing partners to visually impaired Fidelco clients and one has joined the search and rescue program for the Rhode Island police force.  As many pet caretakers and trainers would agree, Kim notes that “the most difficult part of raising the puppy is giving it back to Fidelco for the final portion of its training.”

Kim’s work with Fidelco offers a unique opportunity to incorporate volunteering into her work at Rogers.  “I am fortunate I am able to take the puppy to work with me,” Kim says.  “By bringing the puppy to Rogers I am able to integrate the training with work.”  These opportunities include learning more about her colleagues and sharing the reward of giving back with the community at Rogers Corporation.

“I take every other summer ‘off’ from raising a puppy. During these periods I can’t count the number of times I’ve been asked by co-workers: ‘When are WE getting a new puppy?’”  During these training periods, Kim’s Fidelco trainees become members of the Rogers family.  “It is always a sad day at the Rogers’ location the day before I give the puppy back to Fidelco,” she notes.

Like many volunteering programs, one of the biggest challenges in raising and training a future Fidelco guide dog is the time commitment.  This presents opportunities to develop time management techniques and other skills to help balance responsibilities both inside and outside the office.

Denim Day, an annual event at Rogers Corporation, gives all employees a fun chance to get involved with the Fidelco Guide Dog Foundation.  By making a small donation, employees can wear their favorite blue jeans to work while contributing to a worthy cause.  This year, Rogers employees successfully raised $195 with a company match for a total of $390.

“Being a volunteer puppy raiser has improved my quality of life,” Kim reflects.  “It is so rewarding knowing I am directly improving someone else’s quality of life, simply by doing something I enjoy.”

Want to learn more about the Fidelco Guide Dog Foundation? Visit their website for more information and testimonials from people whose lives have been restored by a Fidelco German Shepherd Guide Dog.

Would you like to share your volunteering story?  Share your ideas in our Comments section or email us.

Be sure to follow Rogers Human Resources on Facebook and Twitter for more about the Rogers Community Network.