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Sierra Pacific Foundation aids local programs

By: Brandon Darnell, News Messenger Reporter
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Sierra Pacific Industries, which employs 350 workers at its Lincoln sawmill, offers scholarships to its employees and their families and strives to be a “good neighbor” through its nonprofit arm, the Sierra Pacific Foundation. That’s according to Mark Luster, community-relations manager for Sierra Pacific Industries. “We have worked with Kiwanis, Rotary, sponsored the Lincoln Chamber of Commerce, sports teams at Lincoln High School, youth programs, 4-H livestock auctions, Creek Week and Ducks Unlimited,” Luster said. Organizations requesting aid can fill out request forms, which are available at the sawmill on Highway 65. While the Sierra Pacific Foundation does not need volunteers, Luster said, organizations seeking sponsorship from the Sierra Pacific Foundation often need volunteers. “We receive applications year-round,” Luster said. “We receive them in Lincoln all the time.” Sierra Pacific Foundation is part of Sierra Pacific Industries, with locations throughout California and into Washington. Luster said the contributions in Lincoln are significant. In 2008, the Sierra Pacific Foundation contributed to a number of Lincoln organizations, including Lincoln Girls Softball, Lincoln Little League, Rotary, Lincoln High School’s Sober Grad Night and the Lincoln Hills Foundation, for which a defibrillator was purchased, according to Luster. “Having a facility in town, we’re really involved in the community,” Luster said. During the 2007-2008 school year, a total of $371,000 in scholarships was awarded, Luster said. For more information, visit online spi-ind.com and click the Sierra Pacific Foundation link. - The Lincoln News Messenger profiles a nonprofit organization every week. If you would like to see an organization featured, please e-mail brandond@goldcountrymedia.com or call 774-7967.