- Partner with BLocal companies to create a Contractors College that will provide support to growing Baltimore-based contractors.
Year One Progress: Plan to participate in BLocal BUILD College in 2017.
- Work with local Baltimore organizations on projects that rebuild and clean up facilities within the community.
Year Two Progress: Continued to participate in events throughout the community to clean up and rebuild, including at the 6th Branch, the House of Ruth, and the Baltimore Zoo, and planting trees with The Baltimore Tree Trust.
- Assist in the career development of students at Ben Franklin High School at least four times per school year with several PwC instructors. This will include education around financial literacy, writing business plans, and how to apply for SBA loans or other types of credit.
Year One Progress: Completed and participated in many events at Ben Franklin High School, including Benfest and Tutormate and painted Bay-Brook Elementary, which feeds into Ben Franklin.
Benfest was an event where community members were invited for a fun family- oriented day of activities at Benjamin Franklin High School to strengthen the relationship between the school and community members.
At Tutormate, volunteers served as reading mentors for first-grade students starting in October 2016 using the innovative Tutormate platform. This is an exciting use of technology that allows reading mentors to work from their desk with a student to improve reading skills.
- Work with the local Baltimore City Junior Achievement program by educating children around financial literacy within Elementary Schools and participating in events that support the overall program.
Year Two Progress: Progressed toward meeting this goal and participated in the following activities to date at Ben Franklin High School (BFHS): Attended monthly meetings of the BFHS School Family Council; sponsored a BFHS teacher/principal team, including a $1,250 donation, for the Aeron Chair Hockey Fundraiser; purchased warm-up gear and attire for the girls basketball team ($1,300);provided approximately $500 in funding to promote the BFHS Attendance Challenge program and recognition awards.
Additionally, PwC is in the process of coordinating with teachers at BFHS that have used our Financial Literacy materials, and we plan to again provide at least four teaching sessions before the end of the school year. These are tentatively scheduled for spring 2019.
- Continue to identify opportunities to rebid current non-Baltimore supply and service contracts to increase spending with businesses located in Baltimore City. Future vendor choices will be examined and strongly encouraged to go local when possible.
Year One Progress: Committed to choosing local businesses and vendors for supply and service contracts wherever possible. This would include any projects related to local infrastructure.
- Continue to contract with and buy from Baltimore City vendors, especially in the Catering and Food Service category.
Year Two Progress: Committed to choosing local businesses and vendors for supply and service contracts wherever possible. This would include any projects related to local infrastructure. To date, we have used the following local vendors in the construction and build of our new Baltimore office: Rosendin Electric, Fidelity Engineering, Baltimore Fabrication, Cindell Drywall, Dimensional Marble and Tile Rockville, Selective Demolition, and Total Shading Solutions.
Aim to increase our 2016 giving to local organizations, including the United Way of Central Maryland, by 20% from amounts raised in 2015.
Year One Progress: Increased total overall charitable contributions from the Baltimore office by 11 percent from prior year, with a 47 percent increase to the American Heart Association. PwC is still targeting to grow its giving to local organizations, including United Way and Mentor Zing.
- Continue with our 2017 giving to local organizations in Baltimore. Give back to the community by having two Community Service Days that will focus on serving local Baltimore organizations.
Year Two Progress: Increased our total overall charitable contributions from the Baltimore office to date 12 percent from the prior year. We continue to have two Community Service Days that focus on serving local Baltimore organizations and have increased our participation from prior year.
PwC’s Baltimore office employees almost 300 professionals. Working together, our local office supports a belief that “a healthy company needs a healthy community.” As such, among many other initiatives, we participate annually in a “Baltimore Office community service day” where our office shuts down for one full day and employees work on a variety of community service projects in Baltimore City.
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