Nestlé Waters North America (NWNA) works hard to be a good neighbor, which to us means putting community first. In Texas, we support, through water and financial donations and volunteer efforts, a variety of events and initiatives that our neighbors care about and that align with our company values. We work closely with local residents and organizations to help us understand their needs and concerns in an effort to enable our operations to positively benefit the community at large.
For decades, NWNA has funded important projects in the state including educational programs, environmental cleanups, stewardship and sustainability initiatives, and disaster relief.
Here are just a few ways we have contributed to local communities across Texas:
Water Education, Stewardship and Sustainability
- In 2002, we founded the “Every Drop Counts” Earth Science Scholarship Fund, which has distributed over $450,000 to Texas students pursuing degrees and careers in environmental sciences. A $10,000 scholarship is awarded to a Texas high school or college student annually, along with a $10,000 award to a Texas State University student in partnership with The Meadows Center for Water & Environment. Additionally, two $2,500 scholarship awards are given to two students in Hawkins and Harmony High Schools, near our Wood County Bottling Facility in East Texas.
- Beginning in July 2020, two female college graduates will have the opportunity to launch their careers at NWNA through our Leadership Development Program. This 12-18 month program is designed to challenge high-caliber college students, offering opportunities for participants to enhance their career development in areas such as leadership, project management, quality manufacturing and continuous improvement processes.
- In 2019, after noticing bees swarming near our Hawkins factory loading docks, NWNA partnered with Hawkins High School, to design, construct and operate numerous beehives on our property with four Future Farmers of America (FFA) students. The program helps propagate pollinating bee populations and provides educational opportunities for the high school’s FFA and agricultural science department. In further support of the program, NWNA provided a $5,000 college scholarship to each of the four students who founded the program, as well as a $10,000 grant to the Hawkins High School agricultural science department.
- In 2019, NWNA initiated the first-ever Wood County Water Festival, a water education symposium at our Hawkins factory site for elementary students. This event featured numerous water education stations staffed by Ozarka factory volunteers and Mineola Middle School environmental science students. Overall, more than 400 students participated in the activities.
- In 2018, we formed a comprehensive partnership with The Meadows Center for Water and the Environment, a leader in water and environment management and policy topics in Texas, the U.S. and internationally. NWNA most recently supported the Meadows Center’s Water Grand Challenges series, which involved more than 40 water policy experts, scientists, environmental and sustainability advocates, NGOs, and regulatory and legislative stakeholders to address the future of water in Texas and sustainability.
- As part of the Department of Labor Registered Apprenticeship Program, NWNA is helping develop talent and tackle a skilled labor shortage in East Texas through our partnership with Tyler Junior College’s Industrial Maintenance Technology program. In 2018, we extended an opportunity for two of our production technicians to earn an Associate’s Degree and develop career growth opportunities in maintenance through in-the-classroom and on-the-job training.
- In 2011, NWNA pledged a 10-year $250,000 commitment to Ducks Unlimited in Texas, supporting local and Gulf Coast wetlands restoration work. Ducks Unlimited is using the funds to better leverage data to reduce uncertainties surrounding waterfowl science, and to aid in conservation planning in the region.
- In 2010, we contributed $100,000 to the Mineola Nature Preserve, a multi-year effort to build an outdoor environmental education center and aquatic loop in Mineola in East Texas. This 3,000 acre nature preserve provides visitors and students with a unique opportunity to learn about the water cycle and closely observe, in-person, the unique habitats of East Texas up close. Visitors can also enjoy an impressive series of biking, hiking, birding and equestrian trails.
- River, Lakes, Bays 'N Bayous Trash Bash: Since 2008, NWNA has donated bottled water, volunteered, and made numerous financial contributions to support this largest, single-day waterway clean-up event in the State of Texas. Managed by the Texas Conservation Fund, this event encompasses 16 locations across the Galveston Bay watershed. In 2019 alone, more than 4,000 volunteers collected more than 56 tons of trash, two tons of recyclable materials, and 513 illegally dumped tires.
- In March 2019, volunteers from our Dallas-Mountain Creek factory participated in a Mountain Creek lake clean-up as part of NWNA’s nationwide World Water Day activities.
Annual Community Donations
- Since 2004, we have served as the lead sponsor of the Northeast Texas Child Advocacy Center (NETCAC), participating in and donating annually to their charity Golf Tournament, which raises important funds to support victims of child abuse and social services for those children. NWNA has donated more than $75,000 to NETCAC since 2004.
- NWNA collaborates annually with the Houston Food Bank, South Texas Food Bank, North Texas Food Bank and East Texas Food Bank, donating bottled water and providing volunteer leadership during peak times of need. In East Texas, since 2017, we have donated $5,000 annually to kick start their “Giving Tuesday” holiday food drive.
- NWNA provides ongoing bottled water contributions to Convoy of Hope, an international non-profit organization that supports children’s feeding initiatives and disaster response. Convoy of Hope distributes water throughout Texas to numerous organizations and communities in need.
- For many years we have served as the water sponsor for the Wounded Warrior Marathon, supplying bottled water for runners. In some instances, our own employees have participated in the marathon themselves!
We also provide financial support, sponsorships, and/or water donations to a wide range of other local organizations and events including:
- Alzheimer’s Association
- Azalea 10K
- Bay Area Houston Economic Partnership
- Big Sandy, Hawkins, Harmony, Winnsboro, Quitman and Mineola Emergency Services
- City of Pasadena
- Ducks Unlimited Duck Jam
- Habitat for Humanity
- Hawkins Area Chamber of Commerce
- Hawkins and Harmony High Schools
- Hawkins High School Future Farmers of America (FFA)
- Henderson County Livestock Show
- Jarvis Christian College
- Mineola Outdoor Science Center at Mineola Middle School
- Quitman Chamber of Commerce
- Special Olympics
- Texas Conservation Fund
- Tyler Rose Festival
- Wood County Industrial Commission
- Pasadena Chamber of Commerce
- Texas Gulf Coast Cystic Fibrosis
- Tyler Junior College
When disaster strikes, Nestlé Waters donates thousands of cases of bottled water to local communities to help provide those impacted with safe drinking water. In Texas, from 2016 through 2019 we have donated more than 2.3 million bottles of water to communities in need.
Bottled water is a readily available alternative in times where access to clean, safe drinking water becomes limited. As a bottled water company, we have a role to play to help ensure communities have access to water. We are committed to giving back to the communities in which our customers, neighbors, and employees live and work. We are grateful to be in a position to provide this assistance, and we support programs to help ensure water is always available when and where it is needed.
Our employees live our values of community and sustainability. This includes volunteering their personal time to various environmental and community service initiatives across the state including annual clean-ups and food drives.
As part of Nestlé Cares Day each summer, employees participate in a variety of activities to benefit the community. Most recently this has included volunteering at the Houston and East Texas Food Banks and conducting a food drive in Dallas for Hope Supply Company, which provides much-needed supplies for homeless children.