Through the American Steamship Company Community Partnerships Program (CPP), American Steamship will help improve communities by proactively selecting, supporting or developing programs that will enhance the socioeconomic viability of communities where American Steamship has a significant presence. We will select projects that best advance relationships with customers or prospects, raise employee morale, build visibility among key socioeconomic groups, advance the company's human resources and business interests, and enhance American Steamship's position as a community leader.
American Steamship Company’s Community Partnerships Committee, in conjunction with Hospice Buffalo, has spearheaded the design, building and delivery of its first Pirate Ship Playhouse.
The services of Hospice includes medical care, as well as emotional and spiritual support to people and their families facing life-limiting illness in homes, hospitals, adult facilities, nursing homes, group homes and hospice residences. Hospice is available to any one with an illness whose life expectancy is measured in months, rather than years.
The Playhouse was constructed primarily by ASC employees Cliff Miller and Stuart Southern. The finished product is complete with both an ASC house flag and pirate flag, is approximately 12 feet long, 4 feet wide and has a 12 foot mast. A rope ladder from the deck’s trap door leads to a play area below deck.
The Boulevard Mall in Amherst, New York will display our playhouse for all to see from July 18 through July 25, 2008. A raffle will be held during that week to win the playhouse with all proceeds going to Hospice Buffalo.
American Steamship Company appreciated the opportunity to work with such a great organization as Hospice Buffalo and was pleased to offer its most recent ‘new build’ for such a worthy cause.
In May 1999, GATX Corporation partnered with American Steamship Company (ASC) in what was to be the first grant awarded by ASC to St. Mary's High School in Lancaster, New York. Since that time, ASC has continued to award other grant requests, including one to the Inland Seas Education Association of Alpena, Michigan. This particular grant involved almost all of the CPPstrategies and targeted an area called home by many of ASC's vessel employees.
The Inland Seas Education "Great Lakes Science Initiative" provided the first step of the Community Partnership Program and served as an example of our company's continued tradition of being a caring corporate leader in communities where ASC employees live and work.
The program's strategies focus on company and community concerns that are consistent with ASC's business objectives. The new initiative is built around issues which best advance relationships with customers or prospects, build visibility among key socioeconomic groups and enhance ASC's position as a community leader.