WM Donates to KC Charities


Paul Howe
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Waste Management Donates Over $250,000 to Kansas City Charities

Additional Donation $135,000 to Hurricane Harvey Relief


Kansas city, kan. – Sept. 7, 2017 – Waste Management of Kansas, Inc. presented several local Kansas City charities with large check donations on Wednesday through out the metropolitan area.  The local donations are possible due to the company’s annual charity golf tournament with participation from its major service vendors and partners.  The annual charity golf tournament, scheduled to be held in Kansas City this year, was canceled to focus efforts on helping those affected by Hurricane Harvey, including 2,400 Waste Management’s employees.  While the tournament itself has been canceled, donations will be presented to community organizations this month.


“This opportunity to present multiple donations demonstrates our continued commitment in Kansas City following our acquisition of Deffenbaugh Industries,” said Mike Watson, area vice president of Waste Management. “We want to support key community organizations that add significant value to the community while aligning with Waste Management’s commitment to investing in the Kansas City area and our company’s values.”


This year’s charity event raised over $400,000 from Waste Management’s major service providers and partners.  The majority of the money raised from this event is remaining in Kansas City area, which was chosen to host this year’s event. Waste Management’s local team selected five Kansas City community-based organizations as recipients of this year’s proceeds:


  • Wyandotte Parks and Recreation Foundation — $25,000
  • Bridging the Gap — $25,000
  • The Children’s Place — $25,000
  • Johnson County Museum — $25,000
  • Hands to Hearts — $25,000
  • 16 Fire Departments located in Johnson, Wyandotte, Miami counties –$160,000


“We are extremely grateful for this support from Waste Management, and their recognition of the top-notch experiences we provide for our community’s children and families,” stated Museum Foundation President Larry Meeker.  Since opening on June 10, the Museum has already served 30,000 visitors.


“We were excited today to present a check for $25,000 to each of these five different Kansas City organizations,” commented Watson.  “We were overwhelmed with how impassioned each of these organizations are about what they are doing for the Kansas City community.”


Waste Management has pledged $10,000 to each of the 16 community fire departments that will be presented later this month.


Waste Management is also making a $135,000 donation to Hurricane Harvey relief efforts from the monies raised through this annual charity event. Waste Management’s CEO Jim Fish announced on August 28th its $3 million donation to Hurricane Harvey relief funds, including the Red Cross, Mayor Turner’s Hurricane Harvey Relief Funds, and multiple other organizations.




Waste Management, based in Houston, Texas, is the leading provider of comprehensive waste management services in North America. Through its subsidiaries, the company provides collection, transfer, recycling and resource recovery, and disposal services. It is also a leading developer, operator and owner of landfill gas-to-energy facilities in the United States. The company’s customers include residential, commercial, industrial, and municipal customers throughout North America. To learn more information about Waste Management visit www.wm.com or www.thinkgreen.com.