Safety-Kleen Joins the 100-year Celebration of East Chicago Katherine House Boys & Girls Club

Safety-Kleen-Joins-the-100-year-Celebration-of-East-Chicago-Katherine-House-BGCIn celebration of the impending 100-year birthday of the Katherine House in East Chicago, Safety-Kleen joins the celebration by giving a $20,000 donation for the capital campaign/renovation project of this long-standing community asset.

“Safety-Kleen has been a long-time investor in East Chicago youth by supporting our East Chicago Katherine House Club in many different ways. Safety-Kleen has a history of providing volunteer support, monetary resources, and presents to our Club members during the holiday season. However, when the company stepped forward with a $20,000 gift for our Club’s capital/renovation project, it truly humbled me. Safety-Kleen cares very much about East Chicago youth – and their support of our Club and its programming makes what we do all the more worthwhile. We cannot thank this company enough for its continued support of our efforts, and the investment in the GREAT Futures of our young Club members,” states Ryan Smiley, president and CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Northwest Indiana.

Safety-Kleen’s $20,000 gift is one of many companies stepping forward to ensure the success of the $1.25 capital improvement/renovation campaign of the East Chicago Katherine House Club. The Katherine House will be celebrating a 100-year birthday in 2019, and part of the celebration is the renovation of the East Chicago Katherine House Club for its Club members and residents of the city.

Simply stated by Scott Miller, senior vice president of refinery operations, “I view Boys & Girls Clubs as one of the most effective and needed organization’s in the non-profit realm.”

The Katherine House, as it was known, has a rich place in East Chicago’s history. Built in 1919 by the local faith based community, its purpose was to serve as a youth center. Fast forward to 1973. As the Boys & Girls Club organization was growing throughout Lake and Porter Counties, the East Chicago Club became the third Club added to the Boys & Girls Clubs family. Lowell Robertson, founder of the East Chicago Club, worked with the Katherine House to merge into the now present East Chicago Katherine House Boys & Girls Club. As a contingent of the merger, girls were accepted as members. In 1992, the current East Chicago Katherine House Boys & Girls Club was built. The purpose of serving youth has never changed. Renovation of the Club will begin in January with plans of being in full operation by June 2019.

About Safety-Kleen:
We are North America's largest collector, recycler and re-refiner of used oil. We own and operate the three largest oil re-refineries in North America, collecting and processing more than 220 million gallons of oil per year. Through a closed-loop system we are able to collect used oil and re-refine most of it into new, finished products that can be returned to the marketplace.

Safety-Kleen is also a leading provider of containerized waste and vacuum services, industrial waste management, Total Project Management and Compliance Services to a wide range of customers in the automotive, metalworking, manufacturing and other markets. From used oil re-refining and industrial waste services to environmental project management and advanced parts cleaning technologies, Safety-Kleen is there, leading the way in responsible environmental solutions.

About Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Northwest Indiana:
Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Northwest Indiana has been opening doors to GREAT FUTURES for Porter and Lake County youth for 63 years! Clubs are open after school and provide great places for youth in grades K-12 to meet friends and have fun while in a safe, supervised environment. Clubs are open during holidays and in the summer. Annual membership is only $35.00. For information on membership, volunteer opportunities, or to make a tax-deductible donation, please contact your local Club by calling (219) 464-7282 or visiting Great Futures Start HERE.