Kelley Williamson donates $200K to local charities to help fight COVID-19

Staff Report

ROCKFORD – The Kelley Williamson Company has donated more than $200,000 to  Rockford areas nonprofit organizations during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Additionally, Kelley’s Markets across northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin are providing free coffee and fountain drinks to all police, fire, ambulance, rescue and first responders.

“Our drivers, our office staff, our convenience store workers are the face of Kelley Williamson,” CEO John Griffin said. “The community takes care of us and we take care for the community. It’s both an obligation and a privilege. We will continue to help serving our communities – whether it’s a fountain drink, a smile from a sales associate, or financial support to help those in need.”

Kelley Williamson is helping to support OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center, which is treating COVID-19 patients and others in the community; Lifescape Community Services’ Meals on Wheels program and Northern Illinois Hospice, which are providing thousands of meals and quality care to the most vulnerable population during the pandemic; Rockford Rescue Mission and Carpenter’s Place, which are helping provide meals and cleaning supplies to the homeless; RAMP Center for Independent Living, which is helping those with disabilities and advocating for legislation that supports equal access; The Salvation Army, where Kelley’s Markets raise funds through a program called “Nickel Tuesday.” Between Thanksgiving and Christmas, all stores donate a nickel per gallon of gas purchased each Tuesday.

Kelly Williamson also supports the Boys & Girls Club of Rockford, which supports healthy lifestyles, literacy and academic success for children. While the Club is closed during the COVID-19 pandemic, they are offering grab and go meals for children, offering virtual learning opportunities and creating activity boxes.

Funds donated to Rosecrance help the organization treat substance abuse, mental health disorders in teens and young adults as well as PTSD in veterans.

A full list of recipient organizations can be found on the Kelley Williamson website.

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