At Armstrong, contributing to our communities has been valued for 148 years. We believe we have a special responsibility and role to play in helping our communities thrive. We balance business goals with our commitment to community. Our philanthropy and volunteerism focus on education, disaster relief, building better communities, and maintaining a clean, safe environment. We want every community where our employees live and work to be a better place because we are there.
HELP THE KIDS
Armstrong has raised money for the following charities in China:
- Half the Sky – provides education and nurturing care for children in orphanages
- The Smile Train – pays for surgeries to fix cleft palates and lips
- Shanghai Sunrise – pays for education for children that cannot afford it.
In 2008, Armstrong donated 214,550 yuan to pay for 5 teachers to work in Gaoyou orphanage, providing better lives for 27 children who would have nothing to do all day without these teachers; pay for 25 surgeries and schooling of 6 college students for this year.
Half the Sky
Half the Sky was created in order to enrich the lives and enhance the prospects for orphaned children in China. They establish and operate infant nurture and preschool programs, provide personalized learning for older children and establish loving permanent family care and guidance for children with disabilities. It is their goal to ensure that every orphaned child has a caring adult in her life and a chance at a bright future.
The Smile Train
The Smile Train is focused on solving a single problem: cleft lip and palate.
Clefts are a major problem in developing countries where there are millions of children who are suffering with unrepaired clefts. Most cannot eat or speak properly. Aren’t allowed to attend school or hold a job. And face very difficult lives filled with shame and isolation, pain and heartache.
This is the mission of the Smile Train:
- To provide free cleft surgery for millions of poor children in developing countries.
- To provide free cleft-related training for doctors and medical professionals.
Until there are no more children who need help and we have completely eradicated the problem of clefts.
Shanghai Sunrise is a non-profit, all volunteer program that operates under the auspices of the Shanghai Charity Foundation but is managed entirely by volunteers.
Shanghai Sunrise was started in 1995 to help remove families from the poverty cycle through educational sponsorships. We believe that it is every student's right to have an education, because it is education that will enable these students to create opportunities for themselves and become contributing members to society. Since its inception, Shanghai Sunrise has sponsored over 1300 students and currently supports more than 700 students. All students are sponsored on a one to one basis and all sponsorship monies donated are used for educational purposes.