Good things happen when Westwood employees come together in their communities. During the months of May and June, designated Westwood Good Works months, Westwood employees will each be given a paid half-day off to contribute to their communities.
In 2013, our inaugural year for Good Works, sixty-four percent of faculty and staff volunteered nearly 3,000 hours of their time. Additionally, Westwood donated a total of $25,000 to regional organizations including A Better Chicago, Colorado Association of Black Professional Engineers and Scientists (CABPES), American Diabetes Association, the Children’s Institute, the David and Margaret House, Laura’s House and the Robert F. Kennedy Institute.
Faculty and staff had a chance to build relationships with one another and organizations within their communities. To read about last year's volunteer efforts of campuses in each region and see photos of Good Works in action, click below.
June was a busy month for our Westwood Good Works faculty and staff in California! Our many volunteers helped out at a variety of different sites, including the Providence Speech and Hearing Center Golf Tournament, Girls Inc., Habitat for Humanity, Orange County Catholic Worker - Isaiah House, Brea Senior Homes, Future Business Leaders of America and Feed The Children. By collecting and serving food, doing general grounds-keeping, and building homes, our volunteers were able to make a positive impact in their communities!
Take a look at the California campuses' Facebook album.
Westwood faculty and staff were busy helping out at public schools, moving books and furniture, and cooking up some well-rounded meals for their community. Organizations served include High Tech Early College, First Book, Littleton Public Schools, Jefferson County Public Schools and Urban Peak.
Take a look at the Colorado campuses' Facebook album.
Atlanta faculty and staff focused their Westwood Good Works efforts at the Strong4Life
Superhero Sprint 5K, where our volunteers were on hand at the water stations, children’s area, finish line and registration table. The race was to benefit the Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Strong4Life wellness movement, which is dedicated to reversing the epidemic of childhood obesity. During the Westwood College Summer Technical Enrichment Program (WE- STEP) STEM Institute for high school students, faculty and staff hosted more than 35 students for a week of speakers and workshops focused on science, technology, engineering and math.
Take a look at the Georgia campuses' Facebook album.
Throughout the month of June, Westwood faculty and staff have been busy giving back to their communities at a number of events throughout the Chicago area. They set-up and operated refreshment stations at Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD)'s "Walk like MADD" 5K and Relay For Life, they helped with much-needed behind-the-scenes work at LEARN Charter School Network and it was "all hands on deck" answering phones during Chicago's PBS affiliate, WTTW Channel 11's annual fundraiser.
Take a look at the Illinois campuses' Facebook album.
Virginia faculty and staff were out in force for the American Diabetes Association Tour de Cure 2013 cycling and fundraising event that offers fully supported bike routes for families and avid cyclists while raising money and awareness for diabetes research. Westwood volunteers helped to set up the race, direct racers through registration and support all of the participants on the sidelines.
Take a look at the Virginia campuses' Facebook album.