MJW is committed to supporting and rewarding all of its stakeholders — employees, clients, suppliers and communities because we understand that our success is a team effort with many contributors. Among the programs and events we sponsor are:
The Milton J Wood Scholarship Program supports eligible company employees and their children seeking a higher education. Begun in 2012, the program has grown rapidly from providing $25,000 in scholarships to seven students in its first year to awarding $60,000 to almost a dozen scholars in 2015. Annual scholarships ranging from $2,000 to $5,000 are awarded based on academic record, demonstrated leadership and participation in school and community activities; honors; work experience, statement of goals and aspirations, unusual personal or family circumstances and an outside appraisal. The scholarship program is administered on behalf of MJW by Scholarship Management Services®, a division of Scholarship America®. Since inception, MJW has funded $190,000 to the program and 39 scholarships have been awarded.
The annual MJW Christmas Cookout is a one-of-a-kind “thank you” event that has become a holiday-season favorite for MJW employees, clients and vendors. The old-style country cookout features traditional fried turkey, a Low Country seafood boil, and a variety of dishes prepared with wild game taken by MJW employees who are licensed hunters. In addition to offering great food and fun for over 250 attendees at MJW headquarters in Jacksonville, Fla., the event is being expanded to our Lakeland, Fla., and Savannah, Ga., locations.
The annual MJW company picnic draws more than 300 employees and family members for a day of activities, entertainment, food, and fellowship. The venue has changed several times as the event has grown, and the 2016 autumn picnic was held at the Diamond D Ranch. One of the highlights of the annual picnic is the presentation of MJW service awards.
MJW is proud to have many long-tenured employees whose expertise is a major factor in the company’s continued success. We show our appreciation for their service through an annual service awards program at the company picnic. Employees receive either a traditional MJW silver belt buckle or a gold-coin necklace for 10 years of service. In addition, employees with 20 years of service are awarded a company ring, bracelet or watch and each five years of service thereafter are recognized with additional diamonds and gift certificates.
One of the ways MJW promotes employee health and wellness is by sponsoring a Biggest Loser challenge. In addition to being motivated by friendly competition and the promise of better health, participants vie for a sizeable cash prize. The company contributes $100 per entrant and participants kick in $25 each toward the grand prize. The competition begins with a starting weigh-in and culminates six months later with recording of the participants’ ending weight. (All weights are confidential!) The winner — the person with the largest percentage weight loss — and other participants are recognized during an awards ceremony at the Annual Christmas Cookout.
MJW management and employees support a wide range of charitable causes in their communities. Our executives serve on non-profit boards, and the company participates in a variety fundraising drives for worthy causes. In addition, our civic-minded employees support many charities through their contributions as well as their affiliations with service organizations and churches.
MJW will Design and provide the Materials, Programming and Certification for the Fire Alarm system at the new K9's for Warriors training facility in Nocatee, Florida. K9's for Warriors is a not-for-profit organization, founded in 2011, committed to providing service dogs to veterans struggling with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and traumatic brain injuries as a result of military service post 9/11. Veterans from all over the country live on-site for 3 weeks of training with their service dogs, which are rescues from animal shelters. The current location in Ponte Vedra Beach accommodates 4 veterans per month and the new facility will be able to house an additional 16 program participants per month. The Davis Family and The PARC Group donated 9 acres of land and Summit Contracting Group, Inc. is donating the construction for this project. Many local businesses including architectural, engineering and subcontracting firms have also donated time and resources to support this project.