Building Better Communities Local Business Partnership

SHOP at Avid Bookshop on JAN. 20th, 2020 to help raise up to $500 for Project Safe!

ABOUT THE PROGRAM

As part of W&A Engineering’s 20th anniversary celebration, we will be launching a year-long program, the Building Better Communities Local Business Partnership!

Throughout 2020, W&A will partner with 12 local businesses to highlight the work they have done in establishing their business as an important part of the culture and economy of Athens-Clarke and Oconee counties.

W&A will be asking each of the 12 businesses chosen, one per month, to name a nonprofit “beneficiary” and pledging to donate an amount equal to the business sales on the 20th day of the month, up to $500. Designating a nonprofit as part of this partnership is not only a way to give back, but also as an opportunity to recognize the significant role these community partners have in our economy.

The year-long partnership will operate under the W&A Cares Program. W&A’s corporate citizenship initiative, W&A Cares, is part of an ambitious effort to formalize and increase the firm’s commitment to “Building Better Communities” through service and financial support in five focus areas: Community, Economic Development, Education, Employee Well-Being, and Sustainability.

“Twenty years ago, I started a design and engineering firm in Watkinsville, GA. Since then, the business has grown into a multidisciplinary engineering firm with five core disciplines, nearly 50 employees with offices in Athens, Nashville, and Augusta, and a national footprint with project experience in over 45 states. I know the courage and vision it takes to start a business and the tenacity it takes to keep it going. The goal of the Building Better Communities Local Business Partnership is to celebrate local businesses and nonprofits, and I sincerely hope our local community will join us for this 20th anniversary initiative.”

Jon Williams, CEO and President of W&A Engineering

JANUARY LOCAL BUSINESS PARTNERSHIP SPOTLIGHT

Avid Bookshop is a fiercely independent, community-focused bookselling business with two shops in Athens, Georgia. In fall 2018, Avid Bookshop was chosen as the Athens Area Chamber of Commerce Small Business of the Year. Founded by Janet Geddis, Avid has been named by Flagpole readers as Athens’ Favorite Local Business for six years in a row! As the country has become more fraught, Avid booksellers have become more outspoken about standing up for human rights, equality, and the freedom to read. We are a safe space and are proud to serve those here in Athens, Georgia and our website customers nationwide. 

VISIT AVID BOOKSHOP ONLINE

Avid Bookshop’s Beneficiary:

Project Safe works to end domestic violence through crisis intervention, ongoing supportive services, systems change advocacy, and prevention and education in the community. 

LEARN MORE ABOUT PROJECT SAFE

For more information, please contact Amy Kissane, Corporate Citizenship Coordinator: AKissane@WAengineering.com or 706-310-0400.

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