U.S. Steel announces Volunteer Service Champions

Two Minnesota employees at United States Steel Corporation have been named Volunteer Service Champions for their community service efforts, as a part of the company’s "United by Service" campaign.

The company honored the winners with $5,000 in donations to charitable organizations of their choice.

The "United by Service" campaign was launched in January 2021 to honor Dr. Martin Luther King’s legacy of service and to highlight the impact our colleagues are making in our communities.

Mr. Martin Luther King the third, a human rights advocate and the oldest son of civil rights leaders Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and Coretta Scott King, joined award winners and employees for a virtual event hosted by U. S. Steel President & CEO David B. Burritt to celebrate their service.

Employees Tina Rotness and Jeremy Dickson were recognized for their exceptional service to their communities at the company’s inaugural ceremony.

For nine years, Tina Rotness has donated her time to the Precious Paws Humane Society of Chisholm, where she is acting as interim director and was recently nominated to its board. A safety clerk at Minnesota Ore Operations, she donates her time and talents to accept new rescues to the shelter, transport animals to/from veterinary appointments, give medications, and socialize animals so they can be successfully adopted. "Far too many animals are abandoned with no way to fend for themselves," she said. "Our organization is a no-kill shelter that is 100% volunteer run and we help through donations and fundraising to vet these animals, spay and neuter and find them safe homes."

Jeremy Dickson has volunteered his time – and acting and production design skills – to the Ronald McDonald House of the Upper Midwest for 16 years. An expediter at the company’s Minnesota Ore Operations, Dickson also volunteers with the Special Olympics, the March of Dimes, the McDavitt Volunteer Fire Department, the Salvation Army and other charitable groups. “Ronald McDonald House is a way for families to be near their children while they are going through difficult times,” he said. “Family bonding helps in healing and families shouldn’t have to worry about the financial burden of lodging to be near their children during these times.”