On January 23, 2017, Nucor Steel started a fundraising competition for Active Heroes. The competition is between the different divisions at Nucor Steel, and the goal is to raise the most money for the Active Heroes Retreat Center in Shepherdsville, KY. Active Heroes is a 501c3 charity whose goal is to raise awareness and provide resources for military, veterans, and their families.
Nucor Steel is a “very patriotic” company, according to Nucor Steels’ Rob Rosenbaum, and became interested in getting involved with Active Heroes after one of their teammates, who is a veteran, discovered the organization. Nucor Steel employs many veterans, so teaming up with Active Heroes was “instantly a good fit”, said Rosenbaum. Rosenbaum also added, “while Nucor is a very large organization, it is also important to each division that we support our local community.”
Currently, Nucor Steel has raised over $16,000 of their $20,000 goal, all of which will go towards building at the Retreat Center. The Retreat Center is a place where active duty military, veterans, and their families can go to relax, connect with their families, and heal. Activities at the Retreat Center include outdoor activities, fitness and sports activities, and family building challenges. The Retreat Center was acquired on November 11th, 2013, and since then there have been many generous volunteers who have been working hard to make the space welcoming, relaxing, and enjoyable for the families that visit.
Nucor Steel volunteers have donated steel to build the bridge on the grounds, and the Gallatin division of the company has been working at the retreat using the donations to assist development projects. This past week, they completed the painting of the bridge. Aside from donating their time and money, some divisions of the company will compete in races, including the Spartan Race, to raise funds.
Giving back to the community is a passion of Nucor Steel, and they are doing just that for Active Heroes. They have donated their time, raised money, and donated resources to improve the Retreat Center, which will benefit so many military families. If you are interested in learning more about the Retreat Center or how to get involved with Active Heroes, please visit activeheroes.org.