Stewart employees don’t mind putting on their hard hats and getting their hands dirty at volunteer and construction activities throughout the year to help families in need. Employees were given a survey and asked what causes they would most like to support through volunteer efforts throughout the year. One of the top charities chosen was Habitat for Humanity. Habitat for Humanity builds safe, affordable houses for qualified homebuyers regardless of race, religion or background. For more information about Habitat for Humanity in your area, visit www.habitat.org.
Employees also chose to support Loaves and Fishes of Charlotte, a food bank whose mission is to provide nutritious groceries to people within our community facing economic hardships. We have various food drives and volunteer opportunities throughout the year to help fight hunger. For more information about Loaves and Fishes, visit www.loavesandfishes.org.
Stewart also supports other nonprofit organizations. These include Artsplosure and First Night Raleigh, Communities in Schools of Wake County, the Business Friends of the North Carolina Museum of Art, the Blumenthal Theater in Charlotte and YMCA of Greater Charlotte to Support Camp Thunderbird. We also donate to the Food Bank of North Carolina through its Canstruction fundraiser, an annual competition where architects and engineers design and build structures out of canned food – all of which is then donated to the Food Bank.
For the past six years, Stewart employees have organized a team, put on their pink gear and laced up their running shoes to participate in the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure at Meredith College in Raleigh. Race for the Cure is the largest series of 5K runs in the world, attracting more than 1 million walkers and runners. The race raises funds for breast cancer research, education and awareness. Go to www.komennctriangle.org for information on the Triangle Race and to www.komencharlotte.org for information on the Charlotte race.
When a husband of one of Stewart’s employees was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, it spurred her co-workers to action. Since then, Stewart has participated in the MS 150, a bicycle race to raise money for MS research. A core group of avid bikers, including CEO Willy Stewart, have led the charge on this important fundraising event. Go to www.nationalmssociety.org to learn more about the Greater North Carolina chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.