Meijer announced on Monday it is investing $1 million in 19 Urban League chapters across the Midwest. The corporation calls the move a "continuation" of its ongoing commitment in diversity and inclusion space.
"Meijer cares about the communities it serves, and we recognize that it takes time, dedication and thoughtful actions to make a positive difference," Meijer President & CEO Rick Keyes said. "We are dedicated to strengthening our D&I efforts and applaud the National Urban League's commitment to provide economic empowerment, educational opportunities and the guarantee of civil rights."
In a media release, Meijer said the 19 chapters it is investing in align with the company's focus areas of economic impact, health, workforce development and education.
"We are on a journey at Meijer, and believe this investment in these Urban Leagues will help bring a future of hope, equality and respect for our Black and African American communities," Tim Williams, Vice President of Diversity and Inclusion at Meijer said.
The Grand Rapids Urban League (now the Urban League of West Michigan), Southwestern Michigan Urban League and Urban League of Detroit and Southeastern Michigan make up the participating Michigan chapters. A full list of the organizations receiving the investment is below:
- Akron Community Service Center & Urban League in Cleveland
- Chicago Urban League
- Columbus Urban League
- Fort Wayne Urban League
- Grand Rapids Urban League
- Indianapolis Urban League
- Lorain County Urban League in Cleveland
- Louisville Urban League
- Milwaukee Urban League
- Quad County Urban League in North Chicago
- Southwestern Michigan Urban League
- Tri-County Urban League in Central Illinois
- Urban League of Detroit & Southeastern Michigan
- Urban League of Greater Cleveland
- Urban League of Greater Southwestern Ohio in Cincinnati
- Urban League of Lexington-Fayette County
- Urban League of Northwest Indiana
- Urban League of Racine & Kenosha
- Urban League of Springfield in Central Illinois