We interviewed our Harvester and Grower sponsors to learn more about who they are and why the believe investing in a good food system is important. Thank you to all our sponsors of the Walk for Good Food for their investment in a good food system for all!
Please describe your company/organization’s mission and role in our community.
For more than a century, Egan has had a hand in constructing some of the most well-known buildings in West Michigan, such as the Amway Grand Plaza, Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital, JW Marriott and DeVos Convention Center. You can find our crews currently at job sites like GVSU’s Center for Interprofessional Health and the MSU Innovation Park, or maintaining existing buildings like the Grand Rapids Art Museum.
Egan believes strongly in supporting the community that our business and employees are a part of, which is why we support organizations like Access of West Michigan and their vision for Good Food Systems throughout the region.
How has COVID-19 impacted your organization or business?
Like just about every business, Egan has had to make some changes to its operations during the pandemic. But by and large, the construction industry has continued operations and we’ve been fortunate to keep our team employed. This hasn’t been the experience for everyone in West Michigan, which is why supporting Access of West Michigan is so important right now. COVID-19 has, unfortunately, prevented Egan from some of our other community support activities. For instance, with office staff working from home during much of 2020, we couldn’t host food and toy drives at our office, in-person service activities have been canceled, and charitable events have moved to virtual formats.
Please share with us why you decided to support the Walk for Good Food – In Your Neighborhood this year.
In 2020, Egan supported WZZM Food For Families and Access of West Michigan through a campaign that worked to feed families impacted by the pandemic. That need still exists in our community and can be remedied through Access of West Michigan’s work to build Good Food Systems.
In 2019, Egan gave away $100,000 to West Michigan charities. We received and reviewed more than 200 applications, and it was eye-opening to see just how many nonprofits in the region are doing truly amazing work. One of the many reasons Egan supports Access of West Michigan is because of its network of partners and its ability to direct funds to multiple organizations where they can make the most impact to the region’s food system.