As 2017 comes to a close, we are reflecting on a fantastic year of giving back to the communities in which we live, work, and play in. At StuartCo, we firmly believe our impact should go beyond the walls of our buildings and to the neighbors who surround us.
Each year, StuartCo properties participate in a company-wide competition to see which community can raise the most money for charity. Property teams hold a variety of resident events intended to gather donations—this year’s activities included everything from a pancake breakfast to a wine & paint night, barbecues, candy bar sales, and silent auctions. A total of $30,000 was raised for Simpson Housing, with The View at Long Lake team earning the title of Top Fundraisers!
Filling backpacks for children going back to school is an annual event for the company, and this year, our communities filled over 90 backpacks for children in need.
Colors for a Cause
StuartCo employs a color dress code, but twice a year, employees have the opportunity to wear their favorite colors with a donation to non-profit organizations. Over $1,000 was raised this year for both the Boys & Girls Club, and Second Harvest Heartland.
In addition to all of the above, our Shepard Park Senior Living communities went above and beyond for their neighbors with the following contributions:
The team at The Alton is not only completely committed to exceptional memory care for all of their residents, they are also focused on helping to find a cure for the disease. This year, team members raised over $3,500 as part of the Walk to End Alzheimer’s.
Since 2010, The Wellington KnitWits have been busy knitting blankets for The Children’s Hospital. This year, they worked with Union Gospel Mission to knit seven blankets and are currently working on a Superhero blanket for a child. It takes awhile to put each blanket together, and all are hand knitted with love.
The team also partnered with their fellow Shepard Park communities of Woodstone, The Madison, The Plaza, and Highland Ridge for a neighborhood cleanup effort as part of Earth Day.
StuartCo team members participated in a number of other events this year, including VEAP food packaging, Red Nose Day, A Breath of Hope Lung Run/Walk Twin Cities, Feed My Starving Children, Give to the Max Day, Toys for Tots, and Operation Christmas Child.