Partners in Our Community
Sustainability is the core of our business and we challenge ourselves to create a better future. We achieved this by being responsible stewards of earth’s shared natural resources and making positive contributions to the communities we touch. That’s why in the past decade, we’ve contributed over $480,000 to organizations that are doing work that’s in line with our mission.
CASS is proud to have invested in our community. We see it as both a privilege and an opportunity to brighten the future of our neighbors, be it through industrial art education, nature preservation, or traditional education.
The Crucible is a non-profit arts education organization that fosters a collaboration of arts, industry, and community. Through training in the fine & industrial arts, The Crucible promotes creative expression, reuse of materials, and innovative design, while serving as an accessible arts venue for the general public in the Bay Area. Known for one-of-a-kind industrial arts education programs, The Crucible is also highly regarded for its innovative performances. Since 2011, CASS has been a proud sponsor & supporter of The Crucible’s youth internship program FUEGO.
CASS is the Official Metal Recycling Partner of The Crucible.
The availability of resources to provide a strong foundation in learning the necessary skills relevant to our industry is vital. Ensuring the accessibility of manufacturing-related programs in our colleges & universities is essential to shaping the next generation of leaders. We are proud to support the following institutions: CSU Chico Sustainable Manufacturing & Mechanical Engineering programs, Cal Poly Pomona Manufacturing Program, and the CSU Sacramento Mechanical Engineering Department.
Save Mount Diablo
CASS supports Save Mount Diablo in their mission to protect, preserve, and enhance Mount Diablo and its natural surroundings. They are constantly working to preserve these natural lands in Northern California to safeguard our quality of life, including the quality of our air, water and views. We are proud to be Save Mount Diablo's official metal recycling partner.
City Slicker Farms
The mission of City Slicker Farms (CSF) is to increase wellness and build community through equitable access to healthy food, thriving gardens, and urban green space. CSF has been at the forefront of the 21st-century sustainable urban farming and food justice movement, gaining national recognition as a leader in supporting low-income communities of color to grow food in the city.
Community Highlight: The Crucible
We recognize the arts as a vital means to foster & support both community involvement and individual creativity. We firmly stand by our belief that everybody has the right to these opportunities in order to nurture that creativity. As the nation’s largest nonprofit industrial arts education organization, CASS is proud to be a long-time supporter of The Crucible to expand access for the youth in our community.
Education Highlight: Oakland Promise
We are a company that is focused on securing the future of our youth and the future of our industry. We believe that supporting those who fight to empower the children in our community as they seek out and thrive in the higher education is important. Oakland Promise is an organization dedicated to providing cradle-to-college and career support for underserved Oakland students.
Artists in Our Community
We believe that supporting & collaborating with our local artists is incredibly important, as it strengthens culture, community, and creativity.
As neighbors of the West Oakland community, CASS is naturally drawn to the incredible talent that thrives here and our goal is to support, build & strengthen long-term synergies with local artists who also understand the importance of transforming end-of-life materials back into something new.
In 2019, artist, Rolland Berry completed a 16,800 square foot mural expanding over 1/4 of a mile at CASS.
"It was and is personally rewarding as an artist I had freedom to create and test my limits due to the scale of the project." - Rolland Berry
Regarding some of the symbolism in various elements of the mural, Rolland says, "for me was combining all three key initiatives: Humanity, Nature and Conservation. [These] all lead to the role that CASS stands for - renewable stainable manufacturing this kind of future can only be archived through companies like CASS.
Rolland Berry is a fine artist, and muralist who has exhibited in galleries around the world. Rolland’s work bridges the gap between Neo-Pop Art and Streetart - Graffiti.
See Rolland's artwork here.
Link to Rolland's collaboration with Aston Martin here.
CASS is excited to support Artist Brian Enright and his commitment to metal work and design. His work is all about recharging connection with our communities and the natural world. Our most recent collaboration with Brian was on his art show "Neither Created Nor Destroyed."
See Brian's artwork here.
CASS collaborated with music artist, environmental activist, and 2x Grammy Award winner Jason Mraz in shooting the music video, Look For the Good.
"It was really important to me to show the world who is actually doing the daily work of keeping our oceans, forests, and streams clean” - Jason Mraz.
Watch the music video here.