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. To help us strengthen our home towns, we often partner with local and national organizations, like United Way agencies, schools and STEM-focused programs.
We believe in the mission of the United Way — bringing people and organizations together to drive lasting change around the country and the world. Their goal to improve education, financial stability and health for collective success is a bold one, but with the help of our employees, we work to achieve meaningful results at a local level, year after year.
As part of our commitment to the United Way, we match any donations up to $25,000 made by employees, retirees and board members. We support over 150 local area United Way agencies through active participation, organizing fundraisers and pledging money.
Our Matching Gifts program doubles employees’ community contributions. Any $25+ gift to an eligible 501(c)(3) organization is matched dollar-for-dollar, up to $10,000 per employee or board member and up to $5,000 per retiree, annually. Over the past 10 years we have doubled the impact of our employee, retiree and board member giving by matching more than $44 million of their contributions to charitable organizations like youth activities, STEM education and conservation programs.
The Homegrown Giving program serves as a resource for employees involved in local nonprofit organizations and schools. Because every community has unique needs, this program assists with operating support, specific projects, sponsorships and education programs with donations ranging from $100 to $2,500.
We currently partner with six schools across the country where our employees volunteer on a weekly basis to help teachers with classroom assignments, read to children or participate in school activities. We work with school administrators to set goals and identify new ways to help students through employee involvement.
We believe in helping local schools and preparing the next generation of employees for leading jobs with employers in STEM fields. Wherever we operate, you’ll find our employees serving as community volunteers and mentors.