Supporting the communities in which we do business is a long-standing part of Matson’s corporate culture. Employees throughout our company take pride in participating in activities and events that help benefit their schools, hospitals, parks, social service agencies, sport teams, neighbors, colleagues and customers.
Employee Time and Talent
Two of our most enduring affiliations are with the Special Olympics and Easter Seals. In Hawaii, every year since 1988, Matson employees have volunteered to assist at the Summer Games. Similarly, Matson’s support for Easter Seals Hawaii’s annual Christmas parties, for which employees ‘suit up’ to pass out presents as Santa or Mrs. Claus, dates back to 1962.
In our many communities, Matson employees regularly walk, run, bike, ski, surf, golf, cook, clean, dine, dance, organize, donate to or simply show up in support of events that benefit charitable causes.
Popular events include the American Heart Association’s Heart & Stroke Walks; the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life; the American Diabetes Association’s Walk to Stop Diabetes; the American Federation for Suicide Prevention’s Out of the Darkness Walk; Alaska Heart Walk and the Alaska Men’s Run, fundraising to fight men’s cancer.
Matson employees in coastal, bay, lakeside or riverside communities support the Ocean Conservancy’s Annual International Coastal Cleanup Day when they and their families come out to clean up.
Recent employee-led efforts in Phoenix had volunteers repairing homes and fundraising for bottled water to hydrate the area’s homeless during an ongoing drought. In Oakland, employees volunteer to pack donation boxes for the Foodbank of Contra Costa and Solano. And on Kauai, employees donate cash, clothing and canned goods for a family center in Waimea, on the rural West side of the island.
Employees Contribute to their Communities
There are times, when the need is far away, that the best option is to send money. Our employees have donated generously and Matson has matched their personal donations to disaster relief in Texas (Hurricane Harvey, 2017) and Florida (Hurricane Irma, 2017); in Fiji (Cyclone Winston, 2016); in Guam and Saipan (Typhoon Dolphin, 2015); on Hawaii Island (Hurricane Iselle, 2014); in Oklahoma (tornadoes, 2013) and the Philippines (Typhoon Haiyan, 2013); in New York and New Jersey (Superstorm Sandy, 2012); and in the Gulf (Hurricane Katrina, 2005).