Norfolk Southern Corporation announced a $250,000 donation to The Way Station, an Ohio-based nonprofit delivering aid to the East Palestine community.
The Way Station’s Columbiana County location has been assisting East Palestine’s citizens since the derailment. They have provided residents with food, clothing, water, hygiene products, diapers, cleaning supplies, and gift cards to purchase other necessities. After the evacuation order was lifted, the organization brought additional direct support to residents through its satellite office in East Palestine. This $250,000 donation will help The Way Station establish a larger, permanent location in the area and hire additional staff, including a social worker.
“We are committed to doing what’s right for East Palestine, all to help the community recover and thrive,” said Norfolk Southern President and CEO Alan H. Shaw. “Through meetings with community leaders, business owners, school officials, clergy, and residents, we are finding ways we can invest in the community’s future and support their long-term needs.”
“We know the needs in East Palestine will change over time, and we want to be there to serve this community over the long term,” The Way Station Executive Director Chaney Nezbeth said. “This donation will allow us to increase our current support with staff and resources. We appreciate Norfolk Southern’s commitment to help us provide folks with what they need, when they need it.”
The donation to The Way Station brings Norfolk Southern’s total financial commitment to the community of East Palestine to approximately $24 million, with more to come.
About Norfolk Southern
Since 1827, Norfolk Southern Corporation and its predecessor companies have safely moved the goods and materials that drive the U.S. economy. Today, it operates a customer-centric and operations-driven freight transportation network. Committed to furthering sustainability, Norfolk Southern helps its customers avoid 15 million tons of yearly carbon emissions by shipping via rail. Its dedicated team members deliver more than 7 million carloads annually, from agriculture to consumer goods, and is the largest rail shipper of auto products and metals in North America. Norfolk Southern also has the most extensive intermodal network in the eastern U.S., serving a majority of the country’s population and manufacturing base, with connections to every major container port on the Atlantic coast as well as the Gulf of Mexico and Great Lakes.
Source: Norfolk Southern