Making a positive difference for our customers is vitally important to us—but at Zoro, we also care deeply about having an impact in our local communities and beyond. Our team members—many of whom are from the Illinois and Wisconsin areas that Zoro calls home—share an understanding that some in our community lack critical resources and advantages. Driven by a desire to give back to the communities in which we work and live, we've partnered with a number of local and national organizations over the years to volunteer, help out with service days, and make a real difference in the lives of others.
Programs and Partnerships
YouthBuild is a national organization that provides job training, support, and education to low-income 16- to 25-year-olds. They operate more than 250 local programs in 45 states and offer a path for unemployed, out-of-school young people to earn their high school diploma or equivalency. While in the program, students also develop valuable, hands-on job skills as they participate in neighborhood projects, like helping to build new affordable housing.
In 2016, Zoro and its team members began partnering with YouthBuild Lake County, volunteering alongside students at service days across our local community. We’ve packed books and meals for underprivileged children, cleaned and organized a charity resale shop, and made repairs at a senior living community. Most recently, we've joined YouthBuild for events like #HashTagLunchBag in downtown Chicago and Career Exploration Day in Buffalo Grove.
With chapters in all three of our offices—Buffalo Grove and Chicago, IL, and Janesville, WI—Zoro Cares is an employee-led group with a mission to give back to our communities through volunteering, food and book drives, and more. These groups meet regularly to plan and participate in activities aimed at supporting local health, wellness, and education initiatives.