WA Cares is the firm’s community service program that addresses the current and future needs of our metropolitan area. WA Cares (Community Action by Responsible Employees in Service) uses direct employee participation and corporate sponsorship to support those organizations and projects that empower others to excel. Our primary efforts are centered on feeding and clothing men, women, and children; educating youth; and raising funds for health causes and disaster relief.
Although we have been serving our community for many years, 2019 hosted our 1st Annual Service Day on September 5, 2019, which happened to fall on the National Day of Service or also known as the International Day of Charity! To celebrate this inagural event, all employees donated a full work day of service, as well as a considerable monetary donation, to DC UrbanGreens (www.dcurbangreens.org), a local farm who’s mission is to increase the accessibility of affordable healthy foods to residents living in DC’s food desert neighborhoods.
At DC Urban Greens, our firm’s full participation and service included demolishing, installing, and organizing a shed, seed-blocking, harvesting produce, trenching, creating vegetable beds, weeding, planting, and so much more!
We had a wonderful time ‘Connecting with Colleagues and the Community’ and are proud to support this mission!
Clothing and Mentoring Women
STRIVE is a local non-profit organization that assists “hard to employ” women prepare for the corporate workforce. WA Cares supports STRIVE by providing business clothing, mentoring women, conducting mock interviews, offering resume building sessions, and assisting with employment applications.
Toiletries for Veterans
Our staff collect toiletries from their travels and collect donations to contribute to local organizations supporting veterans.
Supporting Health Causes and Disaster Relief Efforts
WA Cares actively participates in various fundraising efforts and service events throughout the year to help raise awareness and necessary funds for health related causes, to feed and cloth the homeless, and to support disaster relief efforts. Notable efforts include:
Collection of funds for the American Red Cross
Susan G Komen - Race for the Cure
Gifts For The Homeless
Food 2 Feed
Thanksgiving Dinner for Seniors
We also sponsor a year-round “Jeans Friday” that supports our semi-annual food donation to the DC Food Bank/Central Kitchen and a monetary contribution to So Others Might Eat.
Our WA Cares team assisted Junior Achievement as Educators at Anne Beers Elementary School.
Supporting Youth Education and Programs
Children are our future and Williams Adley understands that education is critical to their success. WA Cares sponsors an annual book drive as well as a backpack drive to support local elementary schools and tutors and mentors children in the metropolitan area.
Additionally, we support youth organizations like the Boys and Girls Club and lead an annual toy drive for the Toys for Tots Foundation and A Wider Circle.
Through our various efforts we show our local community that WA Cares!
Each year WA Cares works with a local organization to support a local family in celebrating the holiday season.
2013 to 2019 Donations and Events
DC UrbanGreens: All employees from Williams Adley donated a full work day of service, and we made a considerable monetary donation of $7,000 to purchase and build a new shed, install plastic over our hoop houses for winter planting, and add new tools to our equipment.
Junior Achievement: Together with 15 members of our team, WA Cares taught young people in Washington, D.C. innovative financial literacy.
St. Jude's Walk/Run: Raised funds and walk/ran to end childhood cancer.
Feed the DMV: Collected toiletries and household items to support veterans moving into housing.
Thanksgiving Baskets: Collected food items for 3 families to celebrate Thanksgiving.
Holiday "Adopt A Family": Collectively purchased gifts for a family's Christmas tree.
Montgomery County Coalition: We donated 50 pounds of toiletries.
Toys for Tots Campaign: We donated a total of 367 toys in 2012 and 2013.
Backpack Drive: Between 2012 and 2017 we have donated over 200 backpacks filled with school supplies to DC schools.
So Others Might Eat: We donated a total of over $3,600.
American Red Cross: We donated $1,500 to help for the Nepal relief efforts