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Norfolk Southern is committed to helping the community of East Palestine recover and thrive. In addition to the financial support provided by our Family Assistance Center, the following commitments are some of the ways NS is further investing in the citizens, businesses, and life of this community.

The Bulldog Legacy Scholarship is back

Applications will be accepted Feb. 26 – March 22, 2024.

Norfolk Southern to fund nearly $4.3 million as part of long-term commitment to protect East Palestine drinking water

Funds will be used to overhaul the municipal water drinking system.

Norfolk Southern to spend $500K on East Palestine’s economic development

Funds will pay for an independent, private-sector economic development consultant who will be hired by and work for the village.

NS to fund $25 million in upgrades to the East Palestine City Park

Norfolk Southern will fund more than $25 million for upgrades and improvements to the East Palestine City Park. Enhancements to the park include a new aquatic center, three new playgrounds, upgraded baseball fields, a new amphitheater, and more. The improvements will benefit the entire community for years to come.

To better support first responders, Norfolk Southern will create a new regional training center in Ohio for first responders. Additionally, we will expand our Operation Awareness & Response (OAR) program, which travels our 22-state network and trains first responders on how to respond safely to rail incidents.

CEO Alan Shaw created a scholarship endowment fund for East Palestine High School seniors. Established with his $445,000 donation, it will award scholarships annually toward four-year universities or two-year vocational school for ongoing education.

Reimbursed and committed to the East Palestine Fire Department over $3M for fire equipment used in the derailment response.

Donated $300K to support the district’s academics, athletics, extra-curricular activities, and its long-term contingency planning regarding the impacts of the derailment for the East Palestine school district

Funded administrative support services for the East Palestine Fire Department

Purchased 100 floral arrangements from a local florist to replace lost business; arrangements to be distributed to residents of local nursing home and assisted living facility

Contracted local landscaper to replace the mulch at the East Palestine Elementary school playground; project expected to be complete by March 13

Provided coach buses to transport the East Palestine High School basketball team to their playoff game in Perry; used a local vendor to create signs and coordinated with the East Palestine fire and police departments to see the team out of town

Delivered an additional 21 pallets of water to the community

Created a Community Liaison position and hired a local NS employee and East Palestine resident to gather community input from residents and local businesses and oversee distribution of $1M

Established $1M Community Fund to support immediate community needs in East Palestine

Coordinated and funded cleaning and air monitoring services for the East Palestine Elementary and High Schools

Provided more than 100 air purifiers for residents to use in their homes

Provided $220,000 to the East Palestine fire department to replace self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) air packs, which allow firefighters to breathe compressed air when responding to fires

Purchased cases of water from a local vendor for community distribution

Donated $25K to American Red Cross disaster relief fund to provide immediate support for day-one shelters

On June 17, community leaders and NS organized a Day of Service. Around 200 community members and NS employees came together to encourage citizens to give back to their hometown.
NS unveiled plans to donate the company’s historic East Palestine Train Depot to the village. NS will restore and upgrade the exterior of the building and will provide a $100,000 grant to support the village’s continued development of the space.
To provide some fun for the community, NS sponsored the annual East Palestine street fair by making the fair and rides free for the public and adding five additional attractions than previous years.
NS partnered with the East Palestine PTO to donate book vending machines to the East Palestine School District.
NS coordinated therapy bunnies to visit more than 300 students and teachers at East Palestine Elementary School.
NS hosted a special appreciation event to thank East Palestine first responders.
Provided 10 kindles to the East Palestine Elementary literacy night fundraiser to help increase the amount raised.
NS delivering 100 bouquets from a local florist to residents of local assisted living facilities.
NS has committed more than $2.7 million to the East Palestine Fire Department.