William Everett encourages its employees to make positive and purposeful impact in their communities. This year the WE management team and corporate giving committee promoted several opportunities through which WE employees could volunteer and engage.
A highlight from this year was that WE partnered with the City of Chicago Safety Coordination Center in October to host a BlockTOBER Clean-up Day. The work included cleaning vacant lots to beautify streets and increase neighborhood safety within four high-priority communities of Chicago: Englewood, Little Village, North Lawndale, and West Garfield Park. Volunteers picked up and disposed of trash, construction materials, and fallen trees. Allison Arwady, Commissioner of the Chicago Department of Public Health, joined in the clean-up efforts. Participating in this event offered a meaningful opportunity for our employees to connect with the community and give back together.
WE leaders and employees also worked together to gather and donate essential items for our neighbors from underserved communities. In September, WE donated new socks, underwear and shirts to the City of Chicago and partnering non-profits for new immigrant arrivals from our southern border. In November, WE collected and donated new warm coats, pairs of gloves and hats to WeLuvU Chicago chapter to keep children from underserved communities warm this winter. In December we will collect and donate toys for families through Circle Urban Ministries on the west side of Chicago.