W&A Cares

We care about our employees. We care about their families. We care about our communities.


Our Commitment to Corporate Citizenship

Corporate Citizenship is a recognition that businesses have responsibilities to both the communities in which they operate as well as to their employees and stakeholders. We at W&A Engineering are committed to Building Better Communities. That commitment applies to the work we do for our clients; it applies to the work environment we create for our employees; and it applies to the larger impact we believe our firm and its employees can have on our communities.

Since establishing the company in 1999, President & CEO Jon Williams has worked to fulfill his passion to give back to the community. “I’m focused on how to make W&A the best possible company for its employees, and not just a great place to work but a great place to serve, as well.”

Employee Spotlight

January 2021

Chris Oliver,PE- Meet Chris, Project Engineer at W&A Engineering with seven years of experience in the planning and design of multiple residential and commercial land development projects. As a valued member of the Civil Engineering Department, Chris has supported multiple transportation and roadway projects including intersection and roundabout enhancements, road re-alignment and widening, multi-use trails, and culvert improvements.

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W&A’s Impact Grows

W&A started measuring its philanthropic impact in 2016. Represented here is the collective impact of W&A’s corporate citizenship program on our communities, to date and counting, as measured in charitable donations, volunteer hours, and hours spent fulfilling the W&A Cares commitments and the dollar value of those hours.

W&A ended 2020 by championing the three final businesses and nonprofits of its 20th Anniversary Local Business Partnership. Its ongoing support of Extra Special People was highlighted by the final approval of and groundbreaking for the ESP Miracle League Complex that will further ESP’s efforts to even the playing field for individuals with disabilities. On the homefront, W&A’s PEP Squad organized a Virtual Team Challenge bringing together employees from all four offices. In what’s becoming an annual tradition, volunteers helped Scott Haines, W&A’s Director of Landscape Architecture, harvest over 500 pounds of sweet potatoes from his church’s community garden for distribution to local food banks. And, finally, W&A teamed up to help its Athens 2020 Charity of Choice (Area Churches Together Serving) sort through literally tons of donated canned goods. While 2020 was a tough year for all, it also provided many opportunities for giving.

W&A’s Partnership with goBeyondProfit

To emphasize these commitments to our local communities, W&A is pleased to announce a new partnership with the Georgia based non-profit, goBeyondProfit. This organization was launched by Georgia business leaders in 2017 and is devoted to giving businesses that are investing within Georgia communities a platform to share their stories in order to inspire other business owners to adopt their own corporate generosity programs. Visit the W&A company spotlight page to learn more about our partnership.

Charity of Choice ATHENS

W&A Engineering’s Charity of Choice ATHENS is Books for Keeps, a nonprofit working to improve children’s reading achievement by addressing barriers related to the accessibility and appeal of reading material. They give books to children whose reading opportunities outside of school might be otherwise limited due to geography, income, or other factors. “Reading on grade level by the end of third grade is predictive of high school graduation, incarceration rates, and even health outcomes. Studies have found links between reading for pleasure and developing empathy. Children who cannot read on grade level by fourth grade are four times less likely to graduate from high school, costing society an average of $260,000. If we are going to have a productive, prepared workforce in 10 to 20 years, it means giving children the tools they need to be successful in school now. It starts with giving children access to fun, high-interest books so they can build a connection between reading for pleasure and their education. We believe providing children with open, equal access to books allows them to connect the joy of reading with the thrill of discovery, laying the foundation for a successful, fulfilling life.”- Books for Keeps

Charity of Choice NASHVILLE

W&A Engineering’s Charity of Choice NASHVILLE is Make-A-Wish Middle Tennessee, whose founding principle is to grant the wish of every eligible child. Make-A-Wish Middle Tennessee grants the wishes of children ages 2½ to 17 with life-threatening medical conditions. Since its founding in 2000, the chapter has granted more than 1,300 wishes. There are five types of wishes children choose from: I wish to go, I wish to be, I wish to have, I wish to meet, and I wish to give. For a child to be eligible, he or she must be referred by a doctor, social worker, parents, or they can even refer themselves. Make-A-Wish relies on more than 200 Middle Tennessee volunteers to be “wish granters,” trained to help make wishes come true, such as one child’s wish to be a pirate treasure hunter. “Wishes are more than just a nice thing. A wish experience can be a game-changer for a child with a critical illness, his family, and all involved.”

Charity of Choice MONROE

W&A Engineering’s Charity of Choice MONROE is Future Farmers of America (FFA) Monroe Area High School Chapter. FFA was founded by a group of young farmers in 1928. Their mission was to prepare future generations for the challenges of feeding a growing population. They taught us that agriculture is more than planting and harvesting – it’s a science, it’s a business and it’s an art. FFA has since become a national organization dedicated to making a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth, and career success through agricultural education. Students between the ages of 12 and 21 who are enrolled in a systematic course of instruction in agricultural education are eligible for membership. Members attend events such as the state convention, the National Convention, FFA Summer Camp, the North Region Rally, and participate in school events.

About W&A Cares:

As W&A enters its 20th anniversary year, we are committed to building on its history of philanthropy and to growing those efforts to have the greatest impact on our communities and our employees. Moving forward we want our efforts to be focused – centered on our values, our expertise, and our profession. To that end, we have chosen five areas of focus for W&A’s philanthropic and volunteer efforts. When faced with decisions on what we should do, these five areas will help guide us so that we have a cohesive and consistent approach with our philanthropy.

Corporate Citizenship Focus Areas

 

Community

COMMUNITY

W&A believes in giving back to the communities we call home. Whether through sponsoring charitable organizations or providing in-kind engineering and design services, we help visions become reality.

Economic Development

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

W&A provides in-kind services to its Community Partners throughout the State of Georgia, working with them to compete for and win projects and enhance the economic prosperity of their communities.

Education

EDUCATION

Opportunity comes through awareness and awareness through education. W&A employees take their show on the road, providing students and young adults a look into the world of engineering and design to help them envision a path to success.

EMPLOYEE WELL-BEING

W&A strives to create a sense of teamwork and a workplace environment in which employees can thrive professionally, feel supported personally, and be encouraged to pursue their passions. Read more about how W&A Cares About Employee Well-being, here.

SUSTAINABILITY

W&A’s culture of accountability extends to the world we live in, and thus we are committed to practices and choices that promote sustainability.

Contact Amy Kissane for more information on how W&A gives back.