Making An Impact

  • Community

Western Division

One Stitch At A Time

Just 15 minutes from Vulcan’s Palmdale facility is the City of Lancaster, California. The city partners with Neighborhood Impact, a program that provides an array of social services to forge a creative, healthy, and connected community. Neighborhood Impact connects with local churches and schools to provide convenient locations for members of the community.

One of those locations is the Mariposa Impact House. Students from the nearby Mariposa Elementary School enjoy a host of popular programs at this location. One of the most popular is a sewing class where kids enjoy sewing pillows and even clothing. “We wanted to figure out ways to do more so we feel part of the neighborhood, not just a service for the kids but really integrated with the neighborhood and we came up with the idea to do a class of sewing,” said Mariposa Community House Director Frank Friedl.

Unfortunately,  in summer 2018, the Impact House was broken into and the sewing machines were stolen. “It was just a real kick in the gut. It was really, really hard to hear,” said Mariposa Community House Community Organizer Dave Owens. Once Vulcan heard of what had happened, they decided to lend a hand by donating seven new sewing machines. “From that tragedy to actually be here and see all of the sewing machines is just fantastic,” Owens said.

As a neighbor to the Lancaster community, Vulcan Palmdale Plant Manager knew helping out was the right thing to do. “We feel like it’s really important to reach out to the community,” said Plant Manager Tad Barnett. “Vulcan just likes to help out whenever they can and this is one way we want to show our appreciation and just give back a little bit.”

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