Pinto Valley Mine, Arizona, US

Pinto Valley is near established communities and plays a key role in supporting the local economy by engaging local suppliers and contractors, providing opportunities for local hiring and supporting community infrastructure.  Pinto Valley is active in community outreach by regularly sponsoring local causes and charities, and employees are encouraged to participate in local volunteer activities as an additional way to support the community. Furthermore, the mine collaborates with a group of local businesses to support larger scale, longer-term community development projects in the area. In 2015, Pinto Valley signed on as a sponsor to support a community revitalization project in the Globe-Miami area led by the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture.

Pinto Valley has been a major supporter of the March of Dimes local event for more than 25 years. The March of Dimes is leading the Prematurity Campaign to reduce the nation’s preterm birth rate to 9.6 percent or less by 2020. Arizona’s preterm birth rate trend over the past seven-years has been steadily improving and has helped give more babies a healthy start in life. In addition, Pinto Valley supports The United Fund of Globe-Miami Inc., which was established in 1964 by a group of local business men and women looking to connect donors and charities to improve lives by making the community a better place to live and work.

Pinto Valley also supports the annual Children’s Fight for Life Casino Night. All proceeds from the event benefited the Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders at Phoenix Children’s Hospital. This organization was chosen by the Community Review Team for sponsorship because of the lack of expert care in the Globe-Miami community for children. The Center provides comprehensive care for children diagnosed with cancer and life-threatening hematologic diseases.

Cozamin Mine, Zacatecas, Mexico

The Zacatecas region has a strong mining tradition, positioning the Cozamin Mine within a community both knowledgeable and skilled in mining. Cozamin is very close to neighbouring communities in the Hacienda Nueva and La Pimienta Ejidos. The mine is committed to a variety of programs to give back to the local communities within the city of Zacatecas, focusing on local hiring, training opportunities and contributions to the development of local infrastructure. Specifically, Cozamin supports the Red Cross and Asociación Mexicana de Ayuda a Niños con Cáncer (AMANC) on an annual basis.

One program that stands out for demonstrating the volunteer spirit at the mine, is an annual tree-planting campaign aimed at bettering the local landscape. Over the past two years, employees and their families have been encouraged to plant trees purchased by Capstone both around the operation and within their communities. The trees included Mesquite and Huizache, which are native to the region and require little water to survive. A total of 475 trees were planted in 2014 on land surrounding Cozamin operations and another 360 tree saplings were adopted by employees in 2015 for planting at home to be cared for by their families. The Cozamin Mine provides financial support to the Hacienda Nueva Community for assistance with education, sporting and recreation facilities, and community engagement. Donations have been used to help fund upgrades and improvements to local schools, create areas to keep children safe away from the risks of substance abuse, construct new sporting facilities, deliver scholarships for local students and provide aid to elderly ejido members.

Minto Mine, Yukon, Canada

Minto works to support the Selkirk First Nation (SFN) community living in close proximity to the mine site. Throughout 2014, Minto continued its support of Pelly Crossing’s SFN by providing each of the six graduating high school students with a $500 bursary. Capstone also partnered with Casino Mining Corp. to provide the active fish camps along the Pelly River with sockeye salmon, as the local salmon population had declined significantly which affected SFN people’s food supply and traditional practices of harvesting salmon. At the end of the year, Minto kept up an established tradition of distributing more than 140 turkeys to every home in the community of Pelly Crossing for the holiday season.

In addition, the Minto Mine donates a portion of its revenue to various community organizations. Most recently it has supported Yukon Learn PGI Golf Tournament for Literacy, Yukon Native Hockey Tournament, Yukon River Quest, Opportunities North Conference, Yukon Geoscience Forum and Special Olympics Yukon. Minto also contributed to the creation of the Yukon Memorial put forth by the Yukon Workers Compensation Health & Safety Board. 

In 2009, the Minto Mine partnered with the Yukon Hospital Foundation to assist with upgrading the Whitehorse hospital by purchasing Digital X-Ray and MRI equipment. This donation provides Yukon residents with direct access to advanced medical technology, which means patients no longer need to travel outside of the Territory. In 2011, the Outpatient Lab in Whitehorse was dedicated to Capstone's Minto Mine.

Capstone Mining Corp., British Columbia, Canada

Capstone Mining Corp. is dedicated to giving back to the communities in which its employees live and work. Capstone supports the BC Children's Hospital, a facility that serves children and families in every corner of the province and Yukon.

Capstone has engaged in the Mining for Miracles Committee, the mining industry's annual fundraising campaign for BC Children's Hospital and in 2010, Capstone committed to fund $3 million over seven years to the Oncology Outpatient Clinic in the new BC Children's Hospital. At any given time, close to 1,000 children from BC and Yukon are in active cancer treatment at BC Children's Hospital.

"BC's children are the heart of our community. We want to support the young minds who have so much potential for our mining community. We believe that making an investment in their lives will offer a bright new perspective for the future."

- Darren Pylot, president & CEO, Capstone Mining Corp.