Through the nature of their work, miners are a close community; cooperation, communication and trust are high priorities. Outside of the mines these same principles serve as the backbone of communities across Appalachia.
At Massey, the spirit of community is also embodied by the Spousal Groups.
Kids’ Fishing Day Created more than 20 years ago by Chairman Don Blankenship, Massey’s Spousal Group program serves as the catalyst for much of the Company’s charitable work. United by their geography, the Nicolas, Route 3, Route 85 and Tug Valley Spousal Groups play a vital role in their communities with hundreds of active members organizing and leading community service projects. Massey provides financial support to the Groups as they assist children, the elderly, fire departments and many other deserving individuals and programs. Projects include town and stream cleanups, schoolbook fairs, local park improvement, senior citizen appreciation dinners and the annual Christmas Extravaganzas.
In 2008 during National Volunteer Week, Massey Chairman and CEO Don Blankenship announced a company commitment of $1 million to the spousal group program before a large and appreciative audience. The spousal groups are the conduit through which these funds will be most effectively put to the best use in communities throughout our operating region.
Here are some images from just a few of our Spousal Group activities in 2008:
Christmas Extravaganza 2008 Many children and families benefited from the 2008 Christmas Extravaganza.
Christmas Event Massey executives, members and Spousal Group volunteers also enjoyed the annual Christmas event.
Volunteers Spousal Group volunteers visited children in a local hospital to raise spirits and share joy at Easter
Clean-up Activities Spousal Group volunteers participate in stream and highway clean-up activities
Senior Center Spousal Group volunteers pay a visit to a senior center