As a company so connected to the community, it’s no wonder that our team members and our company place such a tremendous importance on giving back to the people in our neighborhoods, as well as the organizations that serve them. Walgreens supports a wide variety of efforts, whether it’s simply offering the flexibility team members need to volunteer their time for important causes or helping them facilitate fundraisers.
We believe in advancing and supporting volunteer efforts throughout our company and throughout all corners of the business. Our current “Way to Well” partners include:
The Walgreens Way to Well CommitmentTM is focused on improving everyday health through the prevention and early detection of today's leading diseases, like heart disease, cancer and diabetes. Our goal is to donate $100 million in preventive resources over the next four years.
Here are just a few examples of our team members’ volunteering efforts:
Tucson Toy Drive
From the end of November through the first two weeks in December 2012, stores in the Tucson East and Tucson West Arizona districts collected about $75,000 worth of toys from suggestive sales. “We filled a semi-truck and three city buses with toys for a local hospital, the Salvation Army and other organizations in need,” says Chris Elliott, Tucson East district manager. “Team members I talked to had fun interacting with customers. This toy drive and other events show customers we’re their local Walgreens, and we care about the local community.”
Treats for Troops
Candy drives for military service members are a big way our team members show our country’s and our company’s support for troops who may be missing a taste of home. “They fight for us, so I wanted to do something for them,” said Phillip Hickson, head photo specialist in Silver City, N.M. Phillip started a drive in 2012 that netted 300 pounds of suggestive-sell candy for New Mexico National Guard members deployed in Egypt.
In the same year, team lead Tina Anderson led a successful suggestive sell candy bar drive in North Carolina. Her district rallied to donate more than 100,000 treats to the United Service Organizations (USO) of N.C., which supports military men and women. “We had a customer tell us she was buying candy because when she was deployed, she looked forward to the Walgreens care packages,” says Jim Overton, Tina’s store manager. “Now, that’s paying it forward.”