The Wills Group’s Community Engagement initiative provides us an opportunity to achieve our own aspirations, make a meaningful difference in the lives of others, and build a legacy that transcends our bottom line. By advancing this vision over the next decade in the partnership with our employees, retailers, customers, and vendors, we aim to achieve a level of impact that multiplies our investment and creates a shared value in our communities.
Childhood hunger is a growing issue in our region and across the nation. One in six children in the United States find themselves hungry and without a regular access to food. Childhood hunger, a sad reality in a country and region with so much abundance, is a solvable problem. As a leading convenience store retailer, Dash In has the expertise in food distribution and marketing to make an impact on this issue.
With support and involvement from our full family of businesses, The Wills Group is partnering with No Kid Hungry to address eliminating childhood hunger in our region. Through this collaboration, we are working with schools, community groups, and food pantries throughout our footprint to provide reliable, nutritious meals to the hungry children.
To launch The Wills Group’s Safe and Healthy Homes Committee, a group of over 30 employees from across the company spent the day renovating Martha’s House, a transitional home for women and children. Martha’s Place is run by LifeStyles, a nonprofit organization that provides emergency assistance, and health and human services to individuals within Charles County. This effort included repaving the barely usable driveway, repainting the home’s interior, replacing smoke, and carbon monoxide detectors, adding a storm door and safety railings, landscaping the entire property, as well as making numerous other improvements.
With the commitment of creating safe, and healthy homes throughout Maryland and beyond, The Wills Group’s Safe and Healthy Home Committee first came into contact with LifeStyles because the organization helps 14,000 people annually. When the Safe and Healthy Homes Committee heard that Martha’s Place’s water well had unexpectedly broken, and residents were no longer able to live in the home, the committee was committed to resolving the housing emergency for LifeStyles’ women and children.