We believe everyone has a responsibility to give back to their community and ensure it remains as strong and healthy as possible. SHINE Technologies’ Community Engagement Program has been developed to enhance the Janesville and Madison areas and to strengthen our relationships within them, and will be extended to all future communities we expand to. We’re enriched by our communities and the homes they provide for us.

We have a vision of making the world a better, more sustainable place through nuclear technology, and that vision begins in our backyard. We owe a debt to the communities of Janesville and the Madison area for the support they have given us and the bright minds they have brought to us. We have a responsibility to our communities to continue enriching them as they continue to enrich us.

Engagement Pillers

We believe in giving back to our community as a reflection of our core values and our commitment to ethical corporate governance, promoting nuclear and STEM education, nurturing a spirit of diversity and inclusion, practicing environmental stewardship, and standing up for community health by supporting lifesaving science treating heart disease and cancer.

Local volunteer efforts

Our volunteer PTO (paid time off) program, started in 2019, supports and encourages our employees’ engagement through volunteer work in their local communities. Our employees serve through community outreach activities such as volunteering at:

  • Food banks and food pantries
  • Local Wisconsin nonprofit groups
  • Public services such as election poll workers

In addition, we offer our employees the option to take Martin Luther King, Jr. Day as a Day of Service to support local racial justice organizations.

Promoting nuclear and STEM education

We are committed to educating society on our current capabilities with nuclear technology. Simply mentioning the word “nuclear” elicits strong reactions. Few would dispute that nuclear technologies have life-saving and clean energy-generating potential. Yet, concerns about safety and waste disposal have created lingering reservations about the use of these technologies. Historically, a lack of innovation and stagnant thinking has made it difficult for the nuclear industry to confront its critics, but we are working hard to reinvent the nuclear industry through new ideas and technologies and more clearly present its benefits to the world.

We also aim to raise awareness of the positive impact advancing nuclear technology has on our lives, from producing net zero-carbon energy to producing the medical radioisotopes used to diagnose patients and deliver lifesaving medical treatment.

We sponsor student STEM engagement to enrich the next generation of scientists and engineers through our partnerships with and sponsorships of various nonprofit organizations and scholarship programs including:

As part of our diversity and inclusion strategies, we are dedicated to strategically recruiting and hiring interns to provide STEM education and mentorship opportunities to historically underrepresented demographics.

Illuminator Award

Since 2018, we have sponsored a student-driven design competition to create a 3D printed object to be used as an employee award, the SHINE Illuminator Award, given annually to SHINE employees who showcase excellence in the workplace and exemplify our Core Values.

This important collaboration aligns with the School District of Janesville’s emphasis on STEM/STEAM education and transformation initiative and SHINE’s community engagement focus on nuclear and STEM education.

Practicing environmental stewardship

We are a firm believer in environmental stewardship, which is why we work hard as a company to not only meet but exceed environmental protection regulatory standards. We believe in doing more than keeping our own front porch clean and go out into the community to practice stewardship in the form of service work.

During the 2020 pandemic, our employees rolled up their sleeves to help the environment by picking up trash, planting trees, and growing their own food to support family and friends.

Combating heart disease and cancer

Our employees annually participate in support of the American Heart Association’s Heart Walks in both Janesville and Madison. With the support from employees, family, and friends, we raise money to support the American Heart Association’s mission of reducing disability and death caused by heart disease and stroke. Since 2017, we have raised more than $41,400 for the American Heart Association through our participation in the Heart Walk.

In 2019 for Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, our employees donated Nerf toys to the pediatric oncology unit at American Family Children’s Hospital in Madison, WI to help them feel empowered during their treatment.

Our employees also volunteer on local advisory boards with the Rock County Cancer Coalition and the UW Carbone Cancer Center.

Local employment and internship opportunities

We are a proud employer of the local community, always on the lookout for new talent and opportunities to nurture young people looking to begin their careers in nuclear engineering.

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Supported Organizations

  • Rotary Botanical Gardens
  • Boys and Girls Club of Janesville
  • The Salvation Army
  • HealthNet of Rock County, Inc
  • ECHO: Everyone Cooperating to Help Others
  • United Way
  • American Heart Association 
  • Blackhawk Technical College
  • Friends of Riverside Park
  • Forward Janesville
  • YWCA
  • Women’s Fund
  • School District of Janesville
  • Children’s Museum of Rock County
  • Mercyhealth Development Foundation
  • Maydm
  • River Food Pantry
  • Smart Girls Rock
  • Madison Area Technical College
  • UW-Madison Gender Minorities and Women in Physics
  • National Society of Black Engineers UW-Wisconsin
  • Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers
  • Fitchburg Chamber of Commerce
  • Society of Women Engineers
  • American Nuclear Society
  • Women in Nuclear
  • ANS UW-Madison Student Chapter

Contact us

Great work is being done by so many worthy organizations throughout Rock County.  If your organization is seeking support that aligns with our priorities, please send your request for consideration to Cheryl Peterson.