We think the world of our community.

We’re proud of our communities’ strong roots and deep reserves of talent, hope, and energy — the big and little ways people look out for each other.

We try to be like our communities every day, so they’ll be proud of us, too. We never stop thinking about what will make life in our communities better and bring more people together. Because we know there’s plenty to build on — we see it every day.

$4 million+
donated since 2006

raised through Employee Match Campaign since 2016

raised at Blackie Wills Golf Classic events since 2017

local organizations supported across the Mid-Atlantic region

What is Lives in Motion?

Lives in Motion means we believe every interaction is an opportunity to help people move forward toward their goals and dreams. This idea inspires our corporate community engagement and our two primary areas of focus.

Ending Childhood Hunger

According to estimates made in September 2021, as many as 13 million children in the United States live in “food insecure” homes.

As food industry experts, we’re passionate about ending childhood hunger, and ensuring kids have access to the food they need to learn, grow, and thrive.

By working together with our communities, local nonprofits, and business partners, we can make a difference for these children and help move their lives forward.

Enhancing Outdoor Spaces

As our world undergoes a surge in urban population growth, it’s more important than ever that we invest in outdoor spaces where communities can connect, play, enjoy nature, and thrive.

We’re working across the Mid-Atlantic region to reimagine and refurbish outdoor community spaces that have fallen into disrepair and identify new opportunities for communities lacking these spaces.


The Blackie Wills Community Leadership Fund

The Wills Group’s commitment to employee and community engagement is supported by the Blackie Wills Community Leadership Fund. The Blackie Wills Community Leadership Fund was created in 2016 to honor Wills Group President Julian Blacklock “Blackie” Wills and his commitment to giving back to local communities. The Blackie Wills Community Leadership Fund actively reinvests in our communities in support of our vision and strategic philanthropic initiatives. The Blackie Wills Community Leadership Fund is a component fund within Chesapeake Charities, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization.

Interested in joining a team that gives back to the communities where it lives and operates? Join us.

Learn more about our corporate community engagement work in our annual reports:

Community Engagement is central to the Wills Group’s culture and values.