Waste Management gives back to communities throughout the U.S. and Canada through financial contributions, in-kind giving, participation on an organization’s board or the sharing of our expertise. Whenever possible, we engage with local stakeholders to understand specific community needs.
Volunteering in Our Communities
We pride ourselves on having an employee base dedicated to revitalizing our local communities through kind acts of volunteerism. In 2017, volunteers reported contributing nearly 781 hours during paid working hours. This total does not reflect the thousands of hours we know our employees volunteer on their own time. As part of our work with Keep America Beautiful and the Wildlife Habitat Council, we encourage our employees to volunteer in their local areas on projects we sponsor throughout the year. Here are a few examples of how Waste Management employees supported their communities in 2017:
After weeks of campaigning, collecting goods, planning logistics and devising participation incentives, our Eastern Canada Leadership Forum — a group of 12 future leaders — collected 2,230 pounds of food and $2,333 in cash donations for The Mississauga Food Bank in Ontario.
Fourteen volunteers from our corporate IT team spent eight hours painting, cleaning and doing minor repairs to the home of a senior citizen in Houston, Texas, as part of the team’s “Impact Day” initiative, which aims to give back to the community and build stronger relationships among employees.
- With more than 25 participating sites, our Southern California employees came together to collect more than 1,900 toys for their annual holiday toy drive benefiting the California Highway Patrol’s Chips For Kids and the LAPD Devonshire PALS program.
- Our team in West Valley City, Utah, partnered with Make-a-Wish Utah to give a 15-year-old boy with cystic fibrosis — who happens to love garbage trucks — a ride in a Waste Management truck. The truck delivered him to a reveal party where he found out that his wish to visit Walt Disney World was coming true.
- The Mount Forest, Ontario, team in Eastern Canada once again created a float masterpiece, with the theme this year being “Canadian Christmas.” The majority of the float was comprised of recycled materials, with about 20 employees contributing their free time to create this award-winning float that was featured in three local parades.