SAN ANTONIO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--A new playground called DREAM Park opened on July 16 at the Martin Luther King Park in San Antonio. Giving local youth the opportunity to Be the Dream, the opening day was commemorated with a ribbon cutting ceremony attended by representatives from the Eastside Boys & Girls Club, Unilever, H-E-B and elected officials. The playground is open to the general public and will provide kids with plenty of space and fun to enjoy the outdoors.
“The Boys & Girls Clubs of San Antonio is immensely grateful for the continued support of Unilever and H-E-B,” said Ada Saenz, interim CEO for the Boys & Girls Clubs of San Antonio. “Because of their commitment to youth, our Club kids, and all children on the Eastside of San Antonio, will have a beautiful space to play for many years to come. Dr. King’s legacy lives on in this community park and through the strong partnerships we have with our generous donors.”
“Now in its second year, the Unilever Day of Service and Every Day U Does Good campaign has been focused on empowering women and families, particularly in our local communities in need. This playground is an example of our commitment in action here in the great state of Texas,” said Steve Kohring, Customer Development lead for Unilever.
The new playground adapts a section of previously unused space within Martin Luther King Park to help benefit the local community with this playground. Unilever, H-E-B, and the Eastside Boys & Girls Club worked together on the ideation, design, and organization of resources for the playground.
“At H-E-B we are constantly striving to create lasting impacts in the communities we serve,” said James Harris, director of Diversity & Inclusion at H-E-B. “By working alongside Unilever and the Boys & Girls Club we’re able to provide our community with a space and opportunity to come and engage with their neighbors in a meaningful way.”
Construction of the playground was funded through the partnership between Unilever and H-E-B. Both companies donated to the project and the donation was also supported by Unilever’s in-store fundraising campaign and H-E-B's Be the Change initiative. Unilever’s engagement is part of the company’s social purpose commitment, an initiative called Every Day U Does Good. Through this commitment, Unilever is helping people and communities who have been hardest hit by the pandemic, working with retail, corporate and nonprofit partners to bring relief to local communities. Boys & Girls Clubs of America is a national partner in this effort, and H-E-B, headquartered in San Antonio, is a retail partner in Texas.
About Boys & Girls Clubs of San Antonio:
The mission of Boys & Girls Clubs of San Antonio (BGCSA) is to inspire youth, especially those who need them most, to achieve their full potential in a safe, positive and engaging environment that promotes education, health and character development. The Clubs provide after school and summer programs for youth, ages 6 to 18 years old. BGCSA creates an engaging space for more than 6,500 youth who may otherwise be home alone, unsupervised. At BGCSA, members not only have fun, but they also stay safe, foster positive relationships, build self-confidence and succeed. In this environment, kids find a sense of belonging, opportunities to lead and serve, and most of all, they find the potential that lies within to become great! Visit BeGreatSA.org for more information.
H-E-B, with sales of $32 billion, operates more than 420 stores in Texas and Mexico. Known for its innovation and community service, H-E-B celebrates its 116th anniversary this year. Recognized for its fresh food, quality products, convenient services, and a commitment to environmental responsibility and sustainability, H-E-B strives to provide the best customer experience and lowest prices. Based in San Antonio, H-E-B employs over 137,000 Partners in Texas and Mexico and serves millions of customers in more than 300 communities. For more information, visit HEB.com and HEB.com/Newsroom.
About Unilever North America
Unilever is one of the world’s leading suppliers of Beauty & Personal Care, Home Care, and Foods & Refreshment products, with sales in over 190 countries and products used by 2.5 billion people every day. We have 149,000 employees and generated sales of €50.7 billion in 2020. Over half of our footprint is in developing and emerging markets. We have around 400 brands found in homes all over the world. In the United States and Canada, the portfolio includes iconic brand such as: Dove, Knorr, Hellmann’s, Lipton, Magnum, Axe, Ben & Jerry’s, Degree, Dollar Shave Club, Q-tips, Seventh Generation, St. Ives, Suave, TRESemmé, and Vaseline.
Our vision is to be the global leader in sustainable business and to demonstrate how our purpose-led, future-fit business model drives superior performance. We have a long tradition of being a progressive, responsible business. It goes back to the days of our founder William Lever, who launched the world’s first purposeful brand, Sunlight Soap, more than 100 years ago, and it’s at the heart of how we run our company today.
The Unilever Compass, our sustainable business strategy, is set out to help us deliver superior performance and drive sustainable and responsible growth, while:
- improving the health of the planet.
- improving people's health, confidence and wellbeing; and
- contributing to a fairer and more socially inclusive world.
While there is still more to do, we are proud to have been recognized in 2020 as a sector leader in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index and – for the tenth-consecutive year – as the top ranked company in the 2020 GlobeScan/SustainAbility Sustainability Leaders survey.