Medical Mutual 2014 Pillar Awards For Community Service, Cincinnati

Jim Waters
The Hillman Group

Here to help

The Hillman Group strives to make a difference 

Helping out in the community is a way of life for employees at The Hillman Group. Members of the company’s community involvement committee meet at the beginning of each year to lay out philanthropic plans for the new year and see what new ideas can be explored.
In 2013, the distributor added Autism Speaks of Cincinnati to the mix and volunteers participated in their first Walk Now for Autism Speaks event. The Hillman Group also partnered with Toys for Tots and the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals of Cincinnati.
One of the highlights of 2013 was the assistance the company was able to provide to two young children who have had more than their share of challenges. Volunteers used their March Madness Make-A-Wish Foundation fundraiser to help a 3-year-old girl suffering from spinal muscular atrophy and a 6-year-old boy with leukemia. The girl’s family wanted to do a backyard makeover for their daughter and the boy, who loves trains, fulfilled his dream to see the Rocky Mountain Express.
Employees raised $15,700 and received a thank-you video from the boy’s family. The little girl’s family had a stone made with the Hillman logo that will forever be in her garden.
The commitment to helping begins at the top with Jim Waters, the company’s CEO. Despite a grueling travel schedule, Waters gets to as many volunteers events as he can and always brings one of his own children to demonstrate the value of helping others at an early age. ●