June 3, 2020
My Fellow Employees:
By now, you have heard and/or seen the news of the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery. I have watched the news with a heavy heart as these tragedies have shed a bright light on the inequities that still exist in our country today.
Understandably, communities around the country are reacting through varying degrees of protests and outcries. In fact, this week, there were demonstrations against police violence in La Plata, right down the street from our office building.
Our company’s purpose is to keep our customers’, our communities’, and each other’s Lives in Motion. That purpose is also the driving force behind our community engagement program through which we have worked hard to help people and families in need achieve their hopes and dreams.
I want to make clear that Lives in Motion is not lip service. It is an ideal that we uphold every day as we come to work, be it in the office or in our stores. At the Wills Group, we treat everyone with dignity and respect.
We are proud that many of the communities where our Dash In and Splash In stores are located serve and employ people of color. And when our communities are unfairly mistreated or targeted, we care. We do not now and will not ever tolerate racism as it is counter to our values. I felt it important to share with you the messages below we have posted on our social feeds to stand in solidarity with our neighbors and neighborhoods – to view please visit via the hyperlinks below:
Many, if not all, of us are saddened and angered by what has happened and has continued to happen for quite some time. I would encourage you to reach out to your friends and colleagues who are hurting and be mindful that these issues, coupled with the COVID-19 pandemic, have weighed heavy on their minds and spirits.
For those who are having a difficult time, I want to reiterate the resource you have in our Employee Assistance Program (EAP) line. It is for tragic situations like these, among others, that EAP exists.
I know these tragedies are hard for some to talk about, but not nearly as hard as it is for those who are experiencing them day in and day out. Let’s continue to be caring, open, tolerant, and respectful of one another, including our friends, colleagues, customers, and partners. Only then can we truly help our communities move forward.
Chairman, CEO and President
Wills Group, Inc.