Wake the World Report Tuthill's Impact 2019

What did Tuthill do to Wake the World in 2019? Keep scrolling to discover the kind of impact we made throughout the year.

2019 was an exciting year for Tuthill and Wake the World. This year we announced a brand new Cause Partner: select, local Boys & Girls Clubs! We also officially designated Team Rubicon as our Care Partner.

The Wake the World team, along with Gus Gustafson and Steve Westfall, welcome our Cause Partner, The Boys Club of Cicero to kick-off our new partnership.
Alsip employees welcomed The Boys Club of Cicero to kick-off the partnership.
Tuthill UK welcomed the Nottinghamshire Clubs for Young People during their kick-off event to officially start the partnership.

In 2019, Tuthill participated in 7 Boys & Girls Clubs,13 Team Rubicon, and 3 community events. Take a look at some of our experiences this past year.

In August and September employees from Burr Ridge, Alsip, Clearwater and Springfield all donated school supplies and backpacks to their local Boys & Girls Clubs. All in all, Tuthill donated 325 backpacks filled with supplies for the upcoming school year.

Burr Ridge employees after their backpack packing event.
Alsip employees during their backpack packing event.

Fort Wayne also donated supplies by continuing their annual tradition of collecting school supplies for Waynedale Elementry School. Diana Trimble and Raymie Bywater delivered the donations on August 21st to help local teachers get their classrooms set up.

On April 13, over 100 Springfield, Burr Ridge and Fort Wayne employees participated in the annual Run As One 5k event for Team Rubicon.

Top: Springfield employees and family members; Bottom Right: Burr Ridge employees, family members and Team Rubicon; Bottom Left: Fort Wayne employees and family members.

On Oct. 18, 15 Springfield employees and Team Rubicon partnered for a day of volunteering. Two groups dedicated their time at Eden Village, an organization that provides housing for Springfield’s chronically disabled homeless community, and Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore, a nonprofit home improvement store and donation center that helps fund Habitat for Humanity’s resources and services.

On May 9th, Burr Ridge and Alsip employees gathered at the Home Depot in Lincoln Park Chicago to help Team Rubicon and Keller Williams build planter boxes for the Woodlawn community area. The event was hosted by Keller Williams with support from Chicago Community Tool Bank to help beautify the south side community area of Woodlawn. Starting at 9:30am people gathered in the Home Depot parking lot to build over 50 planter boxes! Once the boxes were built a large truck loaded them up and delivered them to the community.

Fort Wayne employees and friends participated in the fifth annual Ride for Rubicon event to benefit our care partner, Team Rubicon.

Springfield employees participated in a Halloween event at the Stalnaker Boys and Girls Club, helping the club participants decorate pumpkins.

Tuthill Springfield held its annual Chili Cook-off and Dessert competition in an effort to raise money for Team Rubicon. There were competitive entries with ten different chilis and six different desserts to sample. 77 participants donated and voted for their favorite chili and dessert. All together, they raised more than $600.00 for Team Rubicon, beating last year’s total donation!

In October, Tuthill Springfield hosted a wing sauce competition with their employees, and the winning sauce (Spicy Bar-B-Q) was entered to compete on Nov. 2, at Wingapalooza, the largest annual fund raiser for the Boys & Girls Club in Springfield. There were more than 80 restaurants and 25 corporate teams competing for the title “Best Wings in Springfield.” The team served more than 1,500 wings and saw more than 7,000 people in attendance. The one-day event raised more than $100,000 for BGC.

On August 13th, Tuthill Burr Ridge went to the Kidz Express Boys & Girls Club in the Austin neighborhood of Chicago to help build desks and chairs for the young people that attend the club. A Swedish company generously donated 400 desks and chairs to the Chicago Boys & Girls Clubs, and each club was provided 50 desks. The desks and chairs will be used for the coming school year for tutoring and any school related programming.

While the team was only tasked with building around 20 desks, the Burr Ridge team managed to build 40 of the 50 desks for the club. "I was there [the next] morning and couldn’t believe how much they accomplished in the short period of time. Great group, thanks again for all your help!" - Boys & Girls Club Facilities Manager"

In December, Tuthill UK employees and family spent time at the Nottinghamshire Clubs for Young People where they hosted the Family Fun Day Fundraiser. The Club raised $750 US (including contributions from other employees) for programs to benefit young adults served by the Club.

On December 19th, Tuthill Burr Ridge and Team Rubicon participated in the annual visit to the Edward Hines VA Hospital in Maywood, IL to spread holiday cheer. The team packed and delivered 150 goodie bags filled with puzzles, clothing and toiletries to veterans staying in the hospital.

In December, Tuthill Clearwater packed goodie bags for the Boys & Girls Club of Suncoast in Tarpon Springs, FL during the holiday season. The Club Director asked Clearwater to help support a better holiday for the children at their location by helping them fill the kids wish list. Bags were filled with headphones, sports balls, tall socks, and lip gloss. The younger children asked for headphones, colored pens, water bottles and socks. A total of 43 children received goodie bags at Christmas.

* Cause Partner: Boys and Girls Clubs; Care Partner: Team Rubicon

Special Recognition:

This year the Wake the World team established the Astounding Impact Award. Through the Astounding Impact Award, an employee is recognized for significant volunteer service. The honorees will be recognized in 2020 and will receive a special Wake the World award and a $1,000 US grant donated to their favorite charity. The first annual Astounding Impact Award winners are: Kathy Grogan (Alsip), Anthony Belmonte (Burr Ridge), and Will Natiel (Clearwater).

Left: Anthony Belmonte, Center: Kathy Grogan, Right: Will Natiel

Dollars 4 Difference:

This year, Tuthill also launched the Dollars 4 Difference (D4D) program. This program was created to further support employees who provide direct, dedicated volunteer service on their personal time to their favorite eligible charitable organizations. Through this program, the company awards a $150 US grant on behalf of an employee for each 25 hours of volunteer time (up to two times) with any eligible charitable organizations in the same calendar year. In 2019, two employees garnered at least 50 hours volunteering and were awarded $300 each to donate to a charity of their choice.

Supporting Spirited Communities:

In April, Tuthill Burr Ridge organized a National Volunteer Week event to pack comfort kits for the American Red Cross. Comfort Kits are provided by the Red Cross to disaster impacted individuals and members of the armed forces, veterans and their families. Employees assembled comfort kits that were needed to help veterans and their families at the VA hospital in Omaha, Nebraska.

Tuthill Fort Wayne held their annual food drive and fundraiser for the Community Harvest Food Bank of Northeast Indiana, Inc. Fort Wayne exceeded their goal of $5,000 through raffle ticket sales and donations. A total of $5,150 was raised to support the food bank, plus Tuthill contributed $2,500 for a total of $7,650 and 175 lbs of food.

Tuthill Fort Wayne donated TinCaps tickets and a dinner to Big Brothers Big Sisters this year, and BBBS expressed their thanks in a touching YouTube video.

Additional organizations we supported:

Boys & Girls Club of Chicago, Community Harvest Food Bank, The American Red Cross, Marist High School, Hinsdale Community House, Spark Ventures, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Hines VA Hospital, Fort Wayne Embassy Theater, Habitat for Humanity, Waynedale Elementary School.

Leadership Retreats

This year Tuthill held 8 retreats for employees at all locations.

47 "Our Brand" attendees, 22 "Our Way" attendees, and 8 "Our Vision" attendees

Impact Through Education

On November 7th, Burr Ridge employees hosted students from Marist High School for the 6th year in a row. 48 students came to Tuthill to strengthen their ability to work as a highly functional team using tools such as designed partnerships, the learning zones, and the knowledge pie.

The Search for Aliveness

Filming for our documentary series, The Search for Aliveness, continued throughout 2019 with 7 episodes released. The team traveled to Zambia, Africa, California, Arizona, New Jersey, Salt Lake City and Detroit to gather insightful interviews from thought leaders on topics such as purpose, storytelling and drug addiction, among others. In 2019, the docuseries reached up to 127 million people via public relations efforts on platforms such as ABC 7 Chicago, Deadline, Forbes Magazine, and many other podcasts, radio, websites and television shows.

Wake the World Shop

In 2019 we provided our Cause and Care Partners with proceeds from our Wake the World store.

Don't forget to order your Wake the World gear to support Team Rubicon and Boys and Girls Clubs. Get 20% off your entire order through April 30th, 2020 using promo code WTW19.


Created with images by Benjamin Davies - "Reach out to the world" • Mathias Jensen - "Hikers at peak"