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
- W&A’s Impact Grows
- Charity of Choice ATHENS
- Charity of Choice NASHVILLE
- Corporate Citizenship Focus Areas
- ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
- EMPLOYEE WELL-BEING
Aaron Cobb, Assistant Director of Surveying at W&A, grew up in Loganville, Georgia, and after gaining several years’ experience with another firm, joined W&A in 2014. Working in various positions within the survey department, Aaron has risen to the Assistant Director of Surveying in the last six years. In this role he coordinates projects with the support of several managers who oversee the survey crews. Thankfully, our hard-working Survey Technicians have been able to continue field work over the last two months, necessary to help keep projects on-track. During these unprecedented times, the W&A staff found themselves especially grateful for, Aaron Cobb and his mother-in-law, Louise.
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, time spent, and the dollar value of that time.
The second quarter of 2020 has been like none most of us have ever seen. Over 90% of W&A’s employees started working remotely in mid-March, and that continued until mid-June as the company adapted to the safety needs of COVID19. During that time our staff worked hard to accommodate clients’ needs and keep projects on track. In addition, upgrades were made to W&A’s headquarters to ensure employees’ health and welfare when returning to the office. W&A looked for opportunities to support local businesses and nonprofits hit hardest by the pandemic. Efforts by CEO Jon Williams helped to establish the Entrepreneurial Community Bank Collective to create a smoother pipeline to the Payroll Protection Program loans for businesses struggling to access them. W&A also started “Take Out Tuesday” as a way to promote our favorite restaurants. We took a brief break from our 20th Anniversary Local Business Partnership and then resumed in June highlighting Krimson’s Kafe in Watkinsville and their nonprofit beneficiary Food2Kids, a program of the Food Bank of NE Georgia. In addition, the company pivoted from having its annual community BBQ to preparing and donating 500 lbs. of BBQ to six local nonprofits, involving a total of 150 volunteer hours. Building Better Communities, more important now than ever.
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 the Area Churches Together Serving (ACTS). ACTS is a volunteer ministry of 28 participating churches in Oconee County. With support from these churches, interested businesses, school employees, students, and individuals, ACTS strives to build a better community by focusing on taking care of its neighbors in need. On average ACTS serves between 200-240 families (just under 800 individuals) per month, distributing approximately 17,800 canned goods in addition to other types of food goods, clothing, personal care items, as well as assistance with living expenses. ACTS has no paid staff, but, with the help of dedicated volunteers, it is having a significant impact on the lives of those in need. “We care about our community and we especially care about those who, for whatever reason, have needs that can and should be met. Through our collective efforts – we make it happen so that they will know that we truly care.”
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.”
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.