The Great Trent River Raft Race is back AGAIN on Saturday, June 22 at Union Point Park. The revival of the race in 2018, after a 20 year or so hiatus, was a huge success! We look forward to this being a signature event for New Bern for years to come. The race takes hundreds of hours of planning plus hundreds of volunteers to make it happen. One of the most important components of an event of this size is, of course, our sponsors. We would like to thank Weyerhaeuser for being one of the First Mate Sponsors this year. Here is a little about them in their own words.
Weyerhaeuser Company, one of the world’s largest private owners of timberlands, began operations in 1900. We own or control 12.2 million acres of timberlands in the U.S. and manage additional timberlands under long-term licenses in Canada. We manage these timberlands on a sustainable basis in compliance with internationally recognized forestry standards. We are also one of the largest manufacturers of wood products. Our company is also a real estate investment trust. In 2018, we generated $7.5 billion in net sales and employed approximately 9,300 people who serve customers worldwide. We are listed on the Dow Jones Sustainability North America Index. Our common stock trades on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol WY. Learn more at:
In North Carolina, Weyerhaeuser employs nearly 700 people at four manufacturing facilities and its timberlands management offices. Additionally, the company owns and sustainably manages nearly 575,000 acres of timber in eastern North Carolina.
Weyerhaeuser has been in business in Craven County for over 50 years, and we take our core value of Citizenship to heart at every level. We own nearly 90,000 acres of sustainably managed timberlands, produce quality dimensioned lumber that is used locally and beyond, and provide jobs to over 100 employees. Uniquely, ALL of Weyerhaeuser’s business divisions have a home right here in Craven County – Timberlands, Wood Products, and Real Estate – so it’s no surprise that we are committed to giving back directly to the communities where our people live and work.
We sponsor several groups/events:
Bike Box Project- Pedaling for Parkinsons- We sponsored Bernin to the Beach Ride that occurs in October. They also received a special grant from Weyerhaeuser for the 3rd place number of likes on our Facebook page.
MDA Fire Truck Pull -Pulling for Harrison – We were one of the sponsors for the Fire Truck pull that was put on by City of New Bern Fire Department. We hope they will have that event again!
Food Bank of Eastern North Carolina- We have a food drive each year at our office and deliver the food and funds collected to the location in New Bern.
Religious Community Services(RCS)- We have a diaper drive at our office each year and we distribute the diapers and funds that we raised.
Craven Arts Council/RCS- We are one of the major sponsors for the Empty Bowls Event held each year. We also had a volunteer help with the throwing of the bowls!
United Way- Weyerhaeuser Company collects donations each year from the employees and several employees volunteer to help out with events that they hold.
Coastal Women’s Shelter- We collect enough diapers in our diaper drive that we can also share them with the Women’s Shelter. We also collect sample size toiletries throughout the year and deliver them to the Women’s Shelter (70 lbs last year)
Promise Place- We share the toiletries collected with the Promise Place.
Thank you Weyerhaeuser for sponsoring the 2019 Great Trent River Raft Race!