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NOSHOK believes strongly in honoring our community and environmental responsibilities. We have dedicated many hours to outside involvement in the community; including representation and donations with USO of Northern Ohio, mentoring with FIRST Robotics, the Boy Scouts of America and other fundraisers for local children's homes.
We also participate in America SCORES, a soccer league with the purpose of providing boys and girls with an alternative to spending after-school time on the streets. Other charitable contributions include Silver & Gold, FOP Lodge 15, Ohio Fire Chiefs Association (OFCA), and the lease of the Berea Police Department's DARE vehicle.
NOSHOK employees have also volunteered at Joni and Friends International Disability Center,, a camp that provides services and encouragement for special needs families. Joni Eareckson Tada, the Founder and CEO of Joni and Friends International Disability Center, is an international advocate for people with disabilities. A diving accident in 1967 left Joni Eareckson, then 17, a quadriplegic in a wheelchair, without the use of her hands. After two years of rehabilitation, she emerged with new skills and a fresh determination to help others in similar situations. Volunteers become a companion to a child or adult with a disability during the retreat, and help him or her to enjoy fun and fully-accessible, age-appropriate activities. Volunteers eat meals with their assigned family and join with them in most program activities.
NOSHOK’s Green Initiatives
In 2016, NOSHOK saved 251 trees, 103,530 gallons of water, 44 cubic yards of landfill space, 30 barrels of oil, and 60,639 kilowatt hours of electricity by recycling paper, carboard, plastic, bottles and cans.
In 2015, NOSHOK saved 317 trees, 130,648 gallons of water, 56 cubic yards of landfill space, 37 barrels of oil and 76,522 kilowatt hours of electricity by recycling paper and cardboard.
Since the inception of our recycling program in 2012, NOSHOK saved a total of 1,759 trees, 724,413 gallons of water, 310 cubic yards of landfill space, 207 barrels of oil and 424,299 kilowatt hours of electricity by recycling paper and cardboard.
Recycling 1 ton of paper saves 17 mature trees, 7,000 gallons of water, 3 cubic yards of landfill space, 2 barrels of oil, and 4,100 kilowatt-hours of electricity — enough energy to power the average American home for five months. (EPA, 2008). Recycling paper instead of making it from new material generates 74 percent less air pollution and uses 50 percent less water. (EPA, 2008). Producing recycled paper requires about 60 percent of the energy used to make paper from virgin wood pulp. (EPA, 2008).