Resolute Forest gives funds to nonprofits
by JOYANNA WEBER, Banner Staff Writer
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ZOE’S BLESSINGS  received a donation from the Resolute Forest Products Calhoun plant. Available for the presentation were, from left, Kela Wright and Joe Vaughn of Resolute, Zoe’s Blessings representatives Kayla Mullins, MacKenzie Barrett, Zoe Mullins being held by Nathan Mulilins and Resolute employees Daryl Dunavant, Kurt Davis and Randy Preston. Banner Photo, JOYANNA WEBER
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CALHOUN — Resolute Forest Products presented donations to ODAAT of Cleveland and Zoe’s Blessings of Virginia during a luncheon Friday.

ODAAT, which stands for One Day at a Time, provides affordable meeting space for 12-step recovery programs.

Because of the anonymity needed for these groups, ODAAT is not well-known outside of the organizations with which it partners.

“We were able to purchase a building downtown in Cleveland. It provides a safe haven to attend meetings,” Knox Hornes of ODAAT said.

The maintenance and scheduled use of the building is taken care of by ODAAT.

Hornes said the organization is working to purchase another section of the building where it is currently located. Resolute’s $2,500 donation will be used toward the building.

“On behalf of ODAAT and all of those various groups, I thank you all very much,” Hornes said.

In addition to two large meeting rooms, the ODAAT facility has a fully-equipped kitchen and a smaller meeting room available to groups.

According to the organization’s brochure it said it was “on a pace to host 1,251 12-step meetings in 2013.”

Zoe’s Blessings may be based out of Virginia, but its founders, members of the Mullins family, are relatives of a Resolute employee. Tennessee has played an important role for the Mullins.

Zoe Mullins, namesake of the charitable work, was born with health complications. These complications led to her spending her first Christmas in Monroe Carrel Jr. Children’s Hospital in Nashville for heart surgery. On Zoe’s fourth birthday, the family decided they wanted to give to the hospital that had done so much for them.

The family estimates they have since been able to donate $10,000 worth of supplies to the hospital.

“This money will go toward gas cards and food cards for families that are in need (with children in the hospital) and to the hospitals for what they need,” Nathan Mullins said of the donation.

Zoe’s Blessings has partnered with Mullins’ church in Virginia to be a nonprofit organization.

Resolute’s donations were made possible through completing a safety goal of working 250,000 man hours without incident.

Calhoun plant general manager Joe Vaughan said mills are awarded money from corporate for reaching this safety milestone. Additional monetary rewards are available at the 500,000 and 750,000 safe hours levels as well.

About three years ago, employees decided that rather than spending the money on themselves, they would donate it to local charities. The Communication Incentive and Awareness committee was formed to help with safety awarenesss and decide which charities would be awarded funds when safety milestones were reached.