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Community Relations

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All over the world, TDW team members are strengthening the communities where they work and live.  We trace this commitment to our founders, T.D. Williamson Sr. and Edna Mae. Once T.D. Williamson Jr. joined the company, his wife Carol (pictured to the left) carried the legacy on. Future generations have expanded on their work, identifying new opportunities for giving and volunteerism.

Today, our community relations activities uphold their legacy and reflect TDW family values. Our programs are based on our firm belief that it is not what we take from this world that matters, but rather what we give back. 

TDW Pillars

We encourage our employees to make a difference by participating in local initiatives that align with the five TDW pillars.

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    Basic Needs and Health

    We provide for basic needs and address health issues within our communities. Each year TDW employees volunteer countless hours to fight hunger. One of the many organizations we support is the Tulsa Food Bank.

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    Education

    We promote education in our communities by increasing access and opening doors to economic opportunity, for this generation and the next. For example, team members in Savli, India, are having a positive impact at local schools by opening science labs through a cooperative project with the United Way of Baroda.

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    Arts and Culture

    We encourage preservation of the arts, culture and creative development within our communities. TDW has made a phenomenal difference by supporting organizations such as the Tulsa Ballet and Tulsa Chamber Music, but our impact doesn’t stop there. For example, in Indonesia, we have brought music to children with special needs by donating traditional instruments.

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    Civic and Community

    We support growth and strength in our communities through programs that break down barriers to civic, economic and social growth. That includes making a difference in children’s lives in Africa through mission work.

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    Environment and Sustainability

    We champion programs that support long term environmental protection and ensure quality of life for future generations. Every TDW location plays a significant part in preserving and protecting our environment, whether it’s through enhanced office recycling or volunteering at a local conservancy. Although this is our newest pillar, we have already made a difference in our communities.

    Thousands of Volunteer Hours Each Year

    Our employees support a wide variety of community causes — from organizing food drives to mentoring young people in STEM activities to cultivating Monarch butterfly gardens. Each year, TDW employees log thousands of volunteer hours that equal hundreds of thousands of dollars’ worth of community impact.

    Coordinating philanthropic activities isn’t something TDW leaves to chance: it’s the role of Community Relations Committees (CRCs) at nearly every TDW location. 

    CRCs comprise employees from different departments who manage everything from volunteer opportunities to charitable contributions. Embodying the TDW values of integrity, initiative and interdependence, each CRC is autonomous and has the freedom to plan and execute projects selected by local employees.

    Projects may look different from location to location — there’s no one-size-fits-all mandate from the corporate office — but the goal is the same: to build stronger communities and make a difference in the lives of others.

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    Charitable Giving

    We take pride in giving back to our local communities around the world. In 2019 over half of our giving went toward Civic and Community efforts.

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