October 24, 2017
Graniterock announced the donation of 2,800 disposable respirator masks to residents and first-responders in the fire-ravaged wine country of California. Karame Williams, a Graniterock Accounting Department employee, learned about the need for masks from her best friend, Allison Hallum, who lived in that area and said “all we need are those masks” to handle the worst air quality every recorded in the North Bay area.
Residents had been advised to stay indoors to minimize breathing smoke-filled air and particulate matter. Masks were sold out at stores across the North Bay area and were on back-order online. So, Williams turned to the company’s Construction Division small tools department for help in getting some N95 masks, which the company uses frequently.
Graniterock’s small tools manager, Dave Hernandez, reached out to the company’s vendor, Airgas, to see if they could help the company get masks to Napa County. A pallet with 35 boxes of masks was delivered on October 16, 2017, at a discounted price to Graniterock and shipping costs covered by Airgas.
“You feel so powerless when trying to figure out what you can do to help,” said Williams in a press release. “It’s nice to know you’re doing something tangible.”
“It feels good to work for a company that cares,” said Hernandez in the press release. “I’m glad we could do something.”