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Community Outreach

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Community is one of our corporate values. As a 100 percent employee-owned company, caring for one another comes naturally to us. We feel fortunate to support organizations that positively impact the communities where we live and work. Our outreach includes corporate and employee giving. SEL corporate giving focus areas include education, community, and disaster relief.

Education: We are committed to developing the next generation of innovators and inventors through the support of science, technology, engineering, and math education.

Community: We support programs that enhance well-being and provide food and shelter.

Disaster Relief: In an effort to help our communities and support our customers, SEL has a standing commitment to offer a discount on all products destined for disaster relief. When major disasters occur, leaving residents without electric power, we rush deliveries and provide field support to restore power as quickly as possible. In addition to products and services, SEL partners with several nonprofit organizations to support relief efforts.

Employee Giving: SEL employees support their communities in a variety of ways. They volunteer, coordinate events, and contribute to a number of organizations throughout the year.

Outreach In Action

SEL and the Palouse Discovery Science Center: A partnership with real chemistry

SEL is committed to helping develop tomorrow’s innovators and inventors. So it was natural for the company to lend its support to the Palouse Discovery Science Center (PDSC). The PDSC is a nonprofit organization in Pullman, Washington, encourages creativity and provides hands-on science and learning experiences for children of all ages.

The partnership began in 2002 when SEL donated an 11,000-square-foot building in the Port of Whitman County to house the PDSC. SEL later renewed its support, enabling the center to purchase the building that currently houses the center and its 75 interactive exhibits, educational programs, and teaching collections.

“SEL has been instrumental in helping us fulfill our mission to bring interactive learning to children and families throughout the Palouse region,” said Victoria Scalise, PDSC executive director.

The strong ties between the two organizations have continued to grow over the years. SEL has not only continued to support PDSC financially but also extends support through volunteer collaboration and Board leadership.

SEL founder Dr. Edmund O. Schweitzer, III, believes that the PDSC plays an important role in stimulating creativity and developing a lifelong love of learning.

“Understanding science is much more than lessons in biology, chemistry, and physics," he said. "It’s about experiencing the flow in discovery and creativity. The PDSC does a great job of making learning fun!”

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