As a staple in the St. Louis metropolitan area since 1921, S. M. Wilson makes every effort to enrich our Community and the communities we work in around the country. Our employees spend countless hours serving non-profit organizations such as Dream Builders 4 Equity, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Habitat for Humanity, Heart of American Foundation, Ready Readers and Shriners Hospitals for Children – St. Louis, to name a few.
#SMWill is a three-pronged program that encourages employees in their WILL to Serve, Commit and Invest in the communities we build, live and work in. Through #SMWill, S. M. Wilson WILL support at both a company level and at an individual employee level in three ways:
1. SERVE – By providing each employee with a paid day for volunteer service.
2. COMMIT – By matching employee for donations to 501(c)(3) charitable organizations.
3. INVEST – By funding donations and sponsorships of 501(c)(3) organizations that meet the mission: “Investing in our communities through partnering with children and youth service organizations focused on education.”
Dream Builders 4 Equity
Dream Builders 4 Equity (DB4E) is a non profit organization in St. Louis that focuses on unifying all communities toward creating a better future for youth. The mission of DB4E is working to develop economically sustainable and socially engage communities by growing equity for youth, businesses, residents, and real estate. DB4E employees students to complete full rehab properties. When the rehab is complete, they sell the home and the students participate and earn a percentage of the home profit.
S. M. Wilson & Co. donated $20,000 to Dream Builders 4 Equity through our corporate giving program, #SMWill. The investment in our communities through partnership with children and youth services organizations focuses on education. This donation will support the Dream Builders 4 Equity Summer Academy.
For more information, please visit www.dreambuilders4equity.org.
Habitat for Humanity
We are a builder, so what better way to support the communities we serve than building homes with Habitat for Humanity. As an avid supporter of Habitat for Humanity (in fact, President Amy Berg is on the St. Louis Board), S. M. Wilson and its employees have helped provide affordable housing to those in need. S. M. Wilson worked on the Big Chief Home in St. Louis County. This project included the gut renovation of a three bedroom home and addition of a fourth bedroom. Employees donated personal time and funds to renovate and stock the home.
S. M. Wilson also served as the Construction Manager for Habitat for Humanity Saint Louis’ new Headquarters and ReStore project, which converted an empty grocery store into office space, warehouse/fabrication shop and ReStore. Completion of the project was achieved due to the collaborative effort between the construction crew, architect and generous team of volunteers. The project team solicited $970,000 of donated time and materials including 890 volunteer hours over the course of 62 work days.
Dream Factory of St. Louis
Since 2007, S. M. Wilson has helped raise more than $401,000 for The Dream Factory of Saint Louis through the firm’s annual Swinging Fore Dreams Golf Tournament. Through hard work and dedication, we have granted the dreams of more than 70 children and their families.
“We are grateful for the continued support of S. M. Wilson for 13 consecutive years,” said Bene Messmer, a long term volunteer for The Dream Factory of St. Louis. “This generosity is overwhelming to the kids and the families we serve.”
The Dream Factory of Saint Louis was founded in 1983 — one of 36 non-profit Dream Factory chapters around the country. The Saint Louis Chapter continues to brighten the lives of children with serious illnesses. To learn more about the Saint Louis Dream Factory, visit www.stldreams.org or www.facebook.com/dreamfactorystl.