Involvement in the communities where we operate is at the heart of Williams. We believe in giving generously of both our time and resources where we can make a difference.
It’s about more than just writing checks. In all the areas where we live and work, our employees roll up their sleeves to pitch in, help their neighbors and improve their communities.
In addition to the personal contributions made by employees, retirees and board members, Williams awarded $10.8 million to approximately 2,200 organizations across 49 states in 2020. And our long-standing support of more than 160 United Ways across the country was stronger than ever.
“In 2020, with the COVID-19 pandemic, those needs surpassed anything we ever could have imagined,” said Laura Creekmur, president of the Williams Foundation. “As always, Williams stepped up, pledging an extra $1 million to support nonprofits struggling to meet the basic needs of families, schools pivoting to remote learning and first responders on the front lines.
Additionally, Williams contributed $650,000 to more than 450 first responders across the nation.
And our support of initiatives related to environmental conservation aligned with our business objectives to protect our communities, the environment and our critical energy infrastructure.
Throughout the year, we also continued supporting efforts to bring science, technology, engineering and math education to those who might not be exposed to high-quality STEM learning opportunities, which lead to careers in well-paying STEM fields.
We also funded programs at technical schools and universities to ensure we are building a diverse talent pipeline to meet our company’s workforce needs as we drive toward a clean energy future.