Wellington Management, Inc. (WMI) values involvement and investment in the local and global community. This "investment" goes well beyond real-estate deals. By using time and talents to become actively engaged in events and non-profit organizations, employees make a difference. Whether it is addressing a business need, such as providing the space for a non-profit service group, or painting a house for Habitat for Humanity, staff members are involved far beyond office walls.
As an organization, WMI engages in a number of company-wide worthy initiatives. For example,
- Staff both raise money for and participate in the annual Minnesota Heart Walk. The company is proud that, since 2008, it has raised more than $175,000 for the American Heart Association.
- WMI volunteers a day with Habitat for Humanity through its "Brush with Kindness" program. Staff repair and repaint an assigned older Twin Cities home.
- WMI partners with The Sheridan Story, a local organization that fights child hunger by providing weekend meals to students who rely on school breakfasts and lunches during the week. Wellington employees contribute by taking part in large-scale food packing events, on-site school distribution, and financial donations.
- During March FoodShare month, the company collects nonperishable items and raises money for local food shelves. Most recently, the company partnered with Neighborhood House which requested the collaboration because of WMI's track record of generosity.
- In December, WMI provides wrapped gifts and financial contributions to families whose holidays might otherwise be bleak.
- The company annually hosts tables at two literary events: the fall Opus & Olives fundraiser for both the Friends of the St. Paul Public Library and local literary projects of the St. Paul Pioneer Press; and the spring Minnesota Book Awards co-sponsored by the Friends of the St. Paul Public Library and 3M Library Systems. WMI is pleased to host the poetry table at the Book Awards.
Wellington's Work in Action!
(From the left: Brush with Kindness, Twin Cities Heart Walk, Food Shelf donation, Holiday Family gift donation)
Individual Staff Involvement
Individual employees have been and continue to be engaged in a variety of community-based activities. For example,
- Some engage with youth: volunteering with Ramsey County's Boys Totem Town, a residential facility for troubled youth; with Amber Alert, the nonprofit organization whose mission is to publish information about and photos of missing children; with the Big Brother/Big Sister mentoring program; with Face to Face, a nonprofit youth empowerment organization, and with a boys' traveling basketball team.
- Others engage with senior citizens, both in the community and within their family. One staff member also serves on the board of a nonprofit foundation whose primary mission is to provide home and community-based services to older people.
- Still others have volunteered in their local communities; for example, as a founding member of an affordable housing nonprofit organization; as a board member of a homeowners association; as a community bank board chair; as a board chair of a private college's real estate foundation; as a young ambassador for the American Heart Association; as a volunteer firefighter; as an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT); as a master gardener; as a rescue diver; as a community theater treasurer; as a liaison for foreign exchange students; as an arts festival chairperson; and even as a past volunteer with the Americorps National Civilian Community Corps, serving with a team on assigned community service projects.
- Some employees' efforts focus on fundraising: for example, through co-chairing a successful campaign for the new mental health wing of a major regional Twin Cities hospital; and through raising money for a Stroke Association golf tournament, for the American Cancer Society Relay-for-Life, for a Diabetes Walk and even for a Sock & Underwear Drive.
- A number of staff used to or continue to participate in global initiatives. For example, one employee served in Honduras as a Peace Corps volunteer prior to joining WMI. Another continues to regularly lead and facilitate small groups on service trips to Mexico. Several employees participate in Feed My Starving Children, a nonprofit which ships food to more than 65 countries. Another staff member has volunteered for the Tesfa Foundation, a nonprofit which builds schools and supports families in Ethiopia. And, a different employee participates in a fund drive called, "Essentials for Overseas."
Company Financial Investment
Wellington Management supports a variety of nonprofits and events through financial contributions. Company philosophy is that monetary gifts increase the collective well-being of communities. In 2013, WMI donated more than $34,500 to 17 different organizations or one-time events.
All of us at Wellington Management enthusiastically endorse both company and individual efforts to engage in and support local and global initiatives.