Williams has awarded the first round of grants to support our communities during this time of financial volatility and global health concern.
In March, Williams pledged $1 million in additional financial support for COVID-19 relief and for communities impacted by energy market uncertainty. So far, the Williams Foundation has processed grants to 78 nonprofit organizations in 13 states where the company operates. The approved grants address many needs, including personal protective equipment for first responders, remote learning resources and food insecurity.
“These are challenging times for many of the communities in which we live and operate, and when a neighbor is in need, Williams is there to help,” said Laura Creekmur, President of the Williams Foundation. “We are fortunate to be able to provide these initial funds to help the overall well-being of our communities, and we will continue to seek out opportunities to provide stability and support in the future.”
Here are a few of the projects Williams is supporting:
- Moundsville, West Virginia, schools, partially to fund a food bank at Moundsville Middle School that provides about 200 bags of food each week to students and their families, an increase from about 50 bags a week earlier this year.
- Grand Valley Fire Protection District, Parachute, Colorado, to buy personal protective equipment such as N95 respirators, face shields, biological suits and nitrate gloves.
- National Indian Education Association, Washington D.C., for remote learning resources for students, educators and tribal state partners.
- A New Leaf, Tulsa, Oklahoma, to help clients while vocational training sites are closed. New Leaf teaches life and job skills to people with development disabilities. Clients work in six greenhouses, three retail centers, 13 community job sites and a three-acre farm.
- Children’s Museum, Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania, to meet growing need from food banks and community centers for take-away craft and STEM project kits.
- DeSoto Regional Health Foundation, Mansfield, Louisiana, to help buy a telepresence robot — an easily maneuverable iPad stand on wheels – to supplement communications between medical staff and patients at DeSoto Regional Hospital.
The Williams Foundation has established an intake form for grant requests on its website and encourages 501(c)3 organizations, first responders and K-12 schools to apply online. Grant requests will be reviewed and funded based on need and impact within the communities that Williams operates. To submit a grant request, please visit www.williams.com/community/community-giving.
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