THREE LOCAL CHARITIES BENEFIT FROM WALTERS GROUP’S GENEROSITY
Walters Employees Support Non-Profits with Donations of Food, Clothing, Money
BARNEGAT, N.J., Oct. 10, 2011 – Supporting local charities is an ongoing mission for employees of Walters Group, a leading real estate developer with offices in Barnegat and Marlton. The staff has come together to strengthen its community support by organizing collections that benefit the Salvation Army, Operation Open A.R.M.S., and the FoodBank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties.
The cumulative effect of the Walters Group’s dedication to the community was made clear this summer when the employees collected $2,100 and 825 pounds of food items during their annual food drive benefiting the FoodBank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties. The contributions were collected at the Walters Group Barnegat office during a week-long food drive. Integrated Systems, a subcontractor, supported Walters during the food drive by organizing their own in-house collection.
In another campaign, Walters employees showed their generosity in an effort to benefit Operation Open A.R.M.S., by collecting items for care packages sent to servicemen and women overseas. The project’s sponsor, American Recreational Military Services (A.R.M.S.), Inc. is a non-profit organization based in Toms River, NJ, which supports all branches of the military.
“One of the good things about working for the Walters Group is that the company feels very connected to the community,” said Candyce Fleming, purchasing manager for Walters Group, who acts as an employee coordinator for several charitable activities. “They have a history of continued generosity and giving. Ed Walters was very supportive of Operation Open A.R.M.S. and within a week of getting the go-ahead, my car was densely packed with goods for the troops.”
Walters Group began the A.R.M.S. drive by converting $200 in gift certificates won from the Shore Builders Association of Central New Jersey into items for deployed troops. Walters employees were joined by two suppliers – ProBuild in Lakewood, and Ferguson Supply in Forked River, who organized their own in-house collections. As in the past, individual subcontractors and suppliers gave generously as well. Together they amassed hundreds of toiletry and other essential items, which were packaged and shipped overseas.
“It was a fantastic success, and it led to Ed Walters giving his approval for our corporate address to be used as an official drop-off site,” explained Fleming. A list of suggested items for donation can be found at the A.R.M.S., Inc. website at http://www.supportarms.org/How-Can-You-Help.html.
In another effort to aid neighbors in need, Walters’ headquarters in Barnegat is a Salvation Army drop-off site for ongoing clothing collections. A successful in-house clothing drive held by employees several years ago resulted in the set-up of a donation box in the parking lot for year-round collections.
“I have continually found that when given the opportunity to fit an act of generosity into their day, and within their means, people are genuinely happy to be a part of it,” said Fleming. “Our subcontractors, vendors and employees continuously step-up and actively participate in all of the altruistic ventures that Walters Group gets involved with.”
“We’ve always tried to create a collegial environment for our employees,” said Edward Walters, Jr., the company’s president. “That type of atmosphere has translated into both good business and good citizenship. We take our responsibilities to the communities we serve very seriously.”
Over the years, the Walters Group has been an active supporter of many local organizations in need including the American Red Cross, the FoodBank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties, hurricane relief, Habitat for Humanity, Relay for Life/American Cancer Society, Toys for Tots, Barnegat Volunteer Fire Company, and Barnegat and Stafford Girls Softball Leagues.
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