From left, Silke Deeley, executive director of Liberty House, and LaDonna Urick, co-founder of Mission Change, received donations of $10,000 each for their organizations. The donations were made at the centennial celebration of W.W. Williams.
ALBANY, Ga. -- W.W. Williams, an Ohio-based industrial distributor and repair facility turns 100 this year and is giving away $1 million to celebrate the milestone. Two local causes -- Mission Change and Liberty house -- are benefiting to the tune of $10,000 each.
The funding was presented at the Oakridge Drive facility Wednesday.
"We don't receive large contributions like this very often and when we do it's very nice," said Silke Deeley, executive director of Liberty House, a local non-profit established to help battered women and their children. "Someone who works (at W.W. Williams) told me to expect a phone call. I just got the call today."
Deeley said Liberty House will most likely put the donation with another $2,000 in grant money to help stop teen and pre-teen dating violence.
"If we can make some sort of inroads as early as we can, maybe we can stop this from advancing into adulthood," Deeley said.
LaDonna Urick, co-founder of Mission Change, an organization dedicated to raising money for various local causes, said when she got the call from Scott Dixon, manager of the Albany Oakridge facility, she thought her hearing had gone bad.
"I asked him three times about the amount," Urick said, "because that never happens to us, and he laughed at me every time. When I got off the phone, I cried like a baby."
According to W.W. Williams officials, Mission Change was selected to receive the donation by the 16 employees of the Oakridge facility, while the 21 employees of the Clark Avenue location opted for Liberty House.
Mark French, president of W.W. Williams, said some 30 Williams operations across the country will make similar donations this year, totaling around $1 million.