Social Responsibility

Giving Tuesday 2017

Happy Giving Tuesday! The votes are in and Giving Tuesday is a great time to say thank you for participating in our Thanksgiving charity vote. Instead of buying Thanksgiving cards we donate the money we would have spent to charities. We e-mail our customers instead of mailing the cards and ask them to participate by…

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K9 First Responders – Airline Tickets

In December, the K9 First Responders (K9FR) were able to visit us here at Watson and discuss their needs and challenges for 2017. K9FR is a marvelous organization whose mission is to provide aid and comfort to individuals, groups, and communities impacted by violence or traumatic events. Theirs is an unprecedented approach that uses specially-trained…

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Sponsoring a Shelf at Your Food Pantry

Sponsoring a shelf at your local pantry or food bank is really the next step. We started sponsoring a shelf at WHEAT, our local food bank in West Haven, last fall. This is a great thing for any company or organization to do, and it’s a personal goal of my own to get a few…

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Supporting Your Local Food Bank or Pantry

WHEAT is our local food pantry in West Haven CT.  It’s a private, not-for-profit, tax-exempt program that exists largely upon donations of food, money, and the time and effort of volunteers. They serve about 5,000 West Haven residents, including about 1,000 children. At Watson’s West Haven headquarters, we keep a red bin in the office…

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Westies Care – Christmas Dinner

Westies Care is a local charity in West Haven, CT, home to Watson’s corporate headquarters since 1984. Westies Care came to Watson to ask for support of a new project they were enacting, a Christmas dinner for those in need, including toys for the children. Watson held a toy drive, and in just under two…

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Community Soup Kitchen

The Community Soup Kitchen (CSK) is located in New Haven, CT. CSK is a member of End Hunger Connecticut!, the Connecticut Anti-Hunger Coalition, the Connecticut Food Bank, and the Food Assistance Working Group of Greater New Haven.  CSK provides meals and other critical services to those in need. You can learn more about CSK and…

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Columbus House – Subway Cards

Last month we donated 500 healthy snacks to the Columbus House outreach and engagement programs in New Haven, CT. Outreach & Engagement programs offer services to clients who are literally homeless, by reaching out to them wherever they are living. When we found we had the opportunity to get $10 Subway gift cards through our…

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Christmas Charity Choice 2016

The Christmas holiday season was another opportunity for us to let our customers vote on how we should divide a $2,000 donation.  In the past Watson would, like most companies, send out Christmas cards to all of our customers.  We decided that the money would be better spent helping those in need, so now, instead…

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Columbus House Christmas Bags 2016

Columbus House Christmas Bags The Columbus House Christmas Bags have become a great tradition around here. They get bigger and better every year! First, let me tell you about Columbus House: their mission is to serve people who are homeless, or at risk of becoming homeless, by providing shelter and housing and by fostering their…

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Taylorville Toy Drive

  Watson’s plant in Taylorville IL did a great job on the toy drive this Christmas. The toys are donated to St. Mary’s church in Taylorville for their annual “Santa’s Workshop” event, where parents come to the church and select new, unwrapped toys for their children. We started our toy drive with a twist: We…

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Columbus House – Healthy Snacks for Outreach

Over the years, we‘ve supported Columbus House in many ways. Their mission is to serve people who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless, by providing shelter and housing, and by fostering their personal growth and independence. We have made donations in the past in support their programs for veterans, and for clients in…

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Thanksgiving Charity Choice 2016

In 2015, we began a new tradition here at Watson. We stopped buying the traditional printed Thanksgiving cards that we had in the past mailed out every year to our customers. Instead, we decided to try something new. We decided to instead donate the $2,000 we would normally spend on cards and postage, and let…

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