The Wills Group Takes Action to Eliminate Childhood Hunger and Ensure Safe and Healthy Homes

Wills Group employee volunteers and Rebuilding Together team pictured with homeowner, Mrs. Burton in Indian Head, Maryland. Photo credit: Ana Isabel Martinez Chamorro


For two consecutive days in June 2018, we held two community engagement events in communities where we live and work – Taste of Dash In in Chesterfield County in Midlothian, Virginia and an employee volunteer day with Rebuilding Together in Charles County in Indian Head, Maryland.

All of us at The Wills Group are passionate about ensuring people’s basic needs are met and that they have opportunities to create a better future for themselves and their families. We continue our commitment to two key areas where we believe we can help make a real impact: Eliminating Childhood Hunger and Ensuring Safe and Healthy Homes. Through these two recent events, The Wills Group provided grants and volunteer hours to help keep Lives in Motion.

Taste of Dash In

On June 26, 2018, we hosted the Chesterfield Chamber of Commerce and other community members at our newly opened 5,600 square foot Dash In store in Midlothian, Virginia. The event included tastings from Dash In’s unique growler and crowler program, samplings from the fresh, chef-driven Craveable menu, and special recognition of two local non-profit organizations that align with our community engagement mission –FeedMore and Rebuilding Together Richmond.

Grant checks were received by Kathy Erhardt of FeedMore for $10,000 to support their weekend food backpack program for kids, and by Malcom Jones and Chris Barker from Rebuilding Together Richmond for $1,500 to support their mission to rebuild homes of low-income homeowners.

“Thank you so much for supporting FeedMore and including us in your celebration. I loved the store and have been spreading the word to my co-workers about it.  I wish you and the entire Dash In team best of luck and I look forward to working with you again.”

Pictured L-R: Tara Handy (The Wills Group); Amanda Jamison (The Wills Group); Lock Wills (The Wills Group); Kathy Erhardt (FeedMore); Mark Samuels (Dash In). FeedMore is Central Virginia’s core hunger-relief organization dedicated to providing neighbors in need with healthy meals. Photo credit: Rachel Couch

Pictured L-R: Tara Handy (The Wills Group); Malcom Jones (Rebuilding Together Richmond); Lock Wills (The Wills Group); Mark Samuels (Dash In); Chris Barker (Rebuilding Together Richmond). Rebuilding Together Richmond works to repair homes, revitalize the community, and rebuild lives in the greater Richmond area. Photo credit: Rachel Couch

Rebuilding Together Volunteer Day in Charles County                                                                                                                       

On June 27, 2018, over 25 of our Wills Group employees volunteered their time to restore a home for local homeowner, Mrs. Burton, in Charles County, Maryland. Mrs. Burton, 76, has been battling heart issues for several years. After the loss of her husband and daughter to cancer and her two sons to a motorcycle accident, she has been unable to maintain her home. Our employees worked together to sand and paint the interior and exterior portions of the house, and install a new kitchen faucet, front door and stairs on the back deck. Employee volunteers also provided cleaning and safety modifications, and electrical and general landscaping upgrades.

While Wills Group employees were on site, it was also discovered that Mrs. Burton did not have working smoke detectors in her home. Through SMO Cares, SMO Energy’s charitable giving program, The Wills Group assists qualified, low-income homeowners by providing energy assistance as well as free equipment repairs and replacements, like smoke detectors. Fortunately, our employees had resources available to install three 10-year smoke detectors to the front, middle and rear of the home. Thanks to the repairs our Wills Group employees made, Mrs. Burton will be able to remain independently in her home.

We were joined by Alvin Stewart, President of Rebuilding Together Charles County, Sandie Branan, Treasurer of Rebuilding Together Charles County, and two members of the Rebuilding Together National Chapter, Jessica Reid, Senior Director of Corporate and Foundation Engagement, and Emma Weltzer, Manager of Corporate Stewardship. Charles County Commissioner Amanda Stewart also attended the event and observed Wills Group employees in action.

This event marks the first of several volunteer days as part of our newly announced national partnership with Rebuilding Together. We’re supporting Rebuilding Together through a $100,000 grant in addition to employees volunteering their time to help restore houses throughout the year. Please click here to read more about the national partnership.

Wills Group employees volunteering at Rebuilding Together event in Indian Head, Maryland.  Photo credit: Ana Isabel Martinez Chamorro