Crowley is a leading U.S. tug and barge operator and ocean shipping company serving domestic and international markets. The company offers a full line of marine transportation and logistics services through six operating lines of business: Puerto Rico/Caribbean liner services; Latin America liner services; logistics; marine contract solutions; deep sea petroleum transportation; and petroleum transportation, distribution and sales in Alaska. All told, the company’s fleet numbers more than 200 vessels. The company is owned and operated by members of the founding Crowley family.
Crowley’s charitable giving combines cash and in-kind contributions as well as employee volunteer support for a variety of nonprofit groups and causes serving the many communities around the world where the company has business operations.
Education is perhaps the company’s most significant giving area. Since 1984, Crowley has provided more than $3 million in scholarship funds to more than 1,000 students through the Thomas B. Crowley Sr. Memorial Scholarship Program, which was established in 1994 by Crowley Chairman and CEO Tom Crowley Jr. The program awards scholarships to deserving students in the United States, Puerto Rico and Central America who plan to attend one of many colleges, universities and trade schools in those regions, such as the University of Puerto Rico, the University of Costa Rica, Williams-Mystic—The Maritime Studies Program of Williams College and Mystic Seaport, the University of North Florida, the California Maritime Academy and the University of Alaska Fairbanks.
In addition, the company has awarded about $2 million in grants to education programs serving its communities. Each Crowley location selects charitable organizations to support through mentoring, volunteerism, fundraising and financial assistance. This support also extends beyond education to include many other program areas, such as health and wellness, basic needs, children and youth services, and disease research and prevention.
Some examples of organizations Crowley has supported in recent years are:
- The American Heart Association.
- The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.
- The Lifelong AIDS Alliance.
- The March of Dimes.
- The Ronald McDonald House.
- The Ryther Child Center.
- The Seattle Fishermen’s Memorial.
- The West Seattle Food Bank.
- The Vietnamese Friendship Association.
- The Parachutes Teen Club and Resource Center.
- Take Stock in Children.
The company leverages the time and energy of its employees to support many organizations in their local communities. For example:
- The University of North Florida. Crowley helps the University of North Florida’s transportation and logistics students gain a better understanding of the maritime industry by participating annually in the school’s Big Sea Day event. Crowley employees lead activities designed to give these students a firsthand look at the maritime industry through tours and inside views of port and terminal operations, as well as the work that takes place aboard ships and tugboats.
- The Buddy Program. Through the years, Crowley employees in Jacksonville, Fla., have made a positive and lasting impact on hundreds of local school children by volunteering for the Buddy Program, a mentoring program partnership with the Duval County Public Schools system. Launched by Crowley in 1992, the company’s employees volunteer at least one hour each week to mentor local elementary school children.
- The Safe Harbor Maritime Academy. Crowley employees support the Safe Harbor Maritime Academy, formerly known as Safe Harbor Boys Home, which was founded in 1984 in Jacksonville, Fla. The school uses the waterfront as an educational facility for at-risk teenage boys and provides a safe, stable, structured, alternative home environment. Boys live aboard vessels, learning seamanship and maritime skills while also studying for a high school diploma.
- Heart for Children. Established in 1998, Heart for Children has grown from a summer camp for low-income children to an after-school community center for urban youth. Crowley employees often volunteer at the center and host celebrations during the summer and the holidays. Crowley also provides financial assistance to the center.
- El Hogar Pajarito Azul (Little Blue Bird Home). This home for abused and neglected children in Nicaragua serves approximately 104 children, teenagers and young adults. Established in 1994, the organization provides education, rehabilitation, specialized care, employment preparation and recreation to abused and neglected children. Residents receive education in various vocational fields, including sewing and crafts, printing and baking. Crowley employees volunteer their time by hosting celebrations throughout the year, visiting the home on a regular basis and participating in fundraising drives, while Crowley donates equipment for the baking room, freezers, baking supplies, first aid kits and other necessary items.
- Fundación Amor y Vida (Love and Life Foundation). This Honduras orphanage provides a safe and loving home to abandoned or orphaned children suffering from HIV/AIDS. Founded in 1994, the home provides medical care to children and is sustained by a group of volunteers. Crowley’s employees in Honduras have supported this project since 2006 by organizing field trips and crafts, helping with repairs and maintenance and hosting educational days and celebrations throughout the year. Employees have also worked together to build a library and computer lab for the residents. The company has donated computers, microwaves, a dining room set, a lawnmower and apparel for children, including pajamas.
- Casa de la Divina Gracia. Founded in Panama in 2005, Casa de la Divina Gracia serves as a shelter for at-risk girls who have been abandoned and/or have been victims of abuse. The home houses about 24 girls, providing them with all their needs, including clothing, food and education. Crowley’s employee team in the region has donated computers, school supplies, clothes and several other items the girls in the home need. Employees have also created fundraising events in the office, and several of them participate in the organization’s mentoring program, volunteering their time to visit the girls, helping them with homework and acting as positive role models and friends to them.
Additional information is available on the company’s website.