Engagement With Our Community
W. R. Long financially supports LifeWise and is involved in bringing this program to our community and beyond.
LifeWise Academy is an organization that helps communities bring Bible education classes to their local public schools, DURING SCHOOL HOURS. This program has been legally upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court for offering released time religious instruction. Their mission is to offer public school students, regardless of their religious background, the opportunity to learn about the Bible, recognizing its foundational role in shaping society. Founded in 2018 as a division of Stand For Truth, LifeWise has grown to serve numerous school districts, differentiating itself by operating during the school day to engage students who might not participate in before or after-school programs. Their structured model makes it easier for communities to establish and maintain effective programs through local community support.
W. R. Long supports and helps fund Ripe for Revival on a Tarboro location within walking distance of our facility.
Ripe For Revival is a nonprofit food development company, that is dedicated to "reviving communities through food." They accomplish this by repurposing retired city or school buses into Mobile Markets. These Mobile Markets drive into communities affected with food hunger, offering fresh, locally sourced, and affordable produce, proteins, dairy, eggs, and other food products to all residents, regardless of their budget. Shoppers have the option to PAY WHAT YOU CAN, fostering dignity and community support. Through partnerships with local farmers and food producers, Ripe For Revival aims to make fresh, affordable food accessible to communities across the United States.
W. R. Long offers Smart Dollar to every employee.
SmartDollar is a leading financial wellness program designed to empower individuals and organizations to take control of their financial futures. With a comprehensive suite of resources and tools, SmartDollar guides users through the journey of achieving financial wellness, from managing debt and budgeting effectively to saving for the future and building financial security. Rooted in practicality and accessible to all, SmartDollar provides expert guidance, interactive learning experiences, and personalized action plans. By partnering with SmartDollar, organizations can promote financial literacy, reduce employee stress related to finances, and create a workforce that is financially savvy, productive, and engaged.
W. R. Long utilizes Corporate Chaplains for its employees and their families.
Corporate Chaplains is a dedicated organization of caring professionals specializing in providing vital emotional and spiritual support within corporate workplaces. With a mission to enhance the well-being of employees, they offer confidential and compassionate guidance, irrespective of individuals' faith backgrounds. Corporate Chaplains contribute to a healthier work environment, boosting employee morale and fostering a sense of community. Their presence not only addresses the personal and professional needs of employees but also plays a crucial role in shaping a compassionate and supportive corporate culture. Through their services, Corporate Chaplains create a positive impact on both the individual well-being and the overall success of organizations they serve.
W. R. Long has been funding this program in our local school district since 2020.
Dave Ramsey's Foundations in Personal Finance is a transformative financial education program that equips individuals of all ages with essential money management skills. Rooted in Dave Ramsey's time-tested principles of financial peace and stewardship, this program offers practical, real-world lessons on budgeting, saving, investing, and debt reduction. Whether you're a student, teacher, or adult seeking to master your finances, Foundations in Personal Finance provides engaging, interactive curriculum and resources that empower you to take control of your financial future. With Dave Ramsey's guidance, you'll learn to make informed financial decisions, break free from debt, and build a solid foundation for lasting financial success.
W. R. Long has been actively involved in supporting the Addiction Recovery Ministry for several years.
The Immanuel House for men and the House of Promise for women are Addiction Recovery Ministries led by a local area pastor. Our commitment to this cause extends beyond financial contributions, as we have also taken steps to directly impact the lives of individuals seeking recovery. To date, we have hired a total of four dedicated employees from the ministry, reflecting our commitment to offering opportunities for individuals on their journey to rehabilitation and reintegration into the workforce. One of these employees continues to be valuable member of our team, highlighting the profound and lasting impact of our partnership with the Addiction Recovery Ministry. This partnership helps facilitate a positive difference in our community by providing both financial backing and meaningful employment opportunities to those in need. Others have gone on to have successful careers in the community.
W. R. Long donated grapples to Samaritan’s Purse to assist with disaster relief cleanup.
Samaritan's Purse is a renowned humanitarian organization dedicated to disaster relief and providing aid to those in crisis. Their mission encompasses a wide range of services, including emergency medical care, shelter and housing support, clean water access, and food distribution, delivered with a strong commitment to the values of faith and compassion. Samaritan's Purse operates globally, swiftly responding to natural disasters, conflict zones, and public health emergencies, offering vital assistance to individuals and communities in their most challenging times, and facilitating recovery and restoration efforts to help those affected regain their footing and rebuild their lives. Their North American Ministries responds quickly when natural disasters strike, deploying an army of volunteers to come alongside homeowners to bring relief and compassion in Jesus’ Name.
W.R. Long is a Gold Sponsor of the ECU Health Foundation.
The ECU Health Foundation is a prominent nonprofit organization closely affiliated with East Carolina University. Committed to advancing healthcare, medical research, and education, the foundation plays a pivotal role in supporting the university's health-related initiatives. Its mission encompasses a wide array of activities, from fundraising for medical scholarships and grants to bolstering cutting-edge research projects and providing resources for state-of-the-art healthcare facilities. By fostering collaboration between the university and its healthcare partners, the ECU Health Foundation strives to improve the health and well-being of communities, empower future healthcare professionals, and facilitate innovative breakthroughs in the field of medicine, ultimately contributing to a healthier future for all.
W. R. Long, in collaboration with its employees, provides toy donations to benefit our local community
Toys for Tots is a renowned charitable program run by the United States Marine Corps Reserve, with the primary goal of collecting and distributing toys to underprivileged children during the holiday season. Established in 1947, this initiative has become a symbol of compassion and generosity, mobilizing communities and businesses to donate new, unwrapped toys. These toys are then distributed to children who might otherwise go without during the holiday season, spreading joy and hope to families in need. Toys for Tots not only brings smiles to countless children's faces but also embodies the spirit of giving, reminding us of the importance of supporting those less fortunate, especially during the Christmas season.
W. R. Long is a Platinum Sponsor of the Edgecombe Early College High School Robotic Team (Tar-Robo Turtles).
W.R. Long proudly supports Team 8758, the Tar-Robo Turtles, in their mission to foster enthusiasm for STEM within the community, prepare scholars for their ideal futures, and establish a safe environment for exploring passions. By spreading a love for STEM throughout Edgecombe County, the team is dedicated to introducing students of all ages and schools to the field of STEM. Through outreach initiatives to various Edgecombe County Schools, the Tar Robo Turtles strive to provide every student with the opportunity to engage in robotics. Edgecombe Early College High School (EECHS), where the team is based, is a comprehensive five-year public high school situated on the campus of Edgecombe Community College. As part of Edgecombe County Public Schools, EECHS functions as a high school of choice, enrolling a cohort of approximately 40 ninth graders annually. With a commitment to enhancing college attendance rates in the community, EECHS exposes students to a rigorous curriculum, including Honors and dual-enrollment community college courses, particularly benefiting first-generation college students. The school's motto, "Be yourself; leave completely changed!" aligns with their mission to create powerful educational experiences, promoting academic excellence, personal growth, and global citizenship, all while nurturing a lifelong passion for learning within the EECHS family.