Volunteers from Walgreens helping community

Walgreens Boots Alliance’s legacy companies are committed to giving back, especially in the communities where they have significant impact as major employers. Boots UK is the largest private employer in Nottinghamshire, while Walgreens is one of the largest employers in the Chicago metropolitan area, known as Chicagoland.

Read the stories below to learn about how we give back to and support communities in Nottingham and Chicagoland.


Nottingham has been home to the Boots brand since 1849, and Ibuprofen was invented on the site where the Boots UK support office continues to be located. Boots UK and its employees give back to local communities in many ways. 


WE Schools

A graduate as part of We School program smiling
During fiscal 2018 Boots UK supported continued engagement of WE Schools —a program that supports students who lead and make a difference in their neighborhood and in the world. Over 300 students from 13 Nottingham schools attended WE Day UK. 



Children in Nottingham participate in a Boots-sponsored summer reading program
Boots has a legacy of supporting and promoting literacy in Nottingham dating back to the mid-1890’s when Florence Boot created the Boots Book Lover’s Library. During the summer of 2018, Boots supported the Nottingham City Council’s Hoodwinked arts and literacy program. Thanks to Boots’ support, 52 Nottingham primary schools participated in a Robin’s Tales education program, which included the opportunity to design a fiberglass book bench. The benches inspired young people to celebrate literacy, book heroes and art, while stimulating community engagement.


Boots Charitable Trust

Since its establishment in 1970, the Boots Charitable Trust has donated to local charities and organizations that benefit the people of Nottinghamshire. Boots UK continued to support the Boots Charitable Trust, donating £250,000 ($336,000) for fiscal 2018. Among the beneficiaries of this year’s donations were Maggie’s, a charity that provides emotional, social and practical advocacy for anyone affected by cancer, and Samaritans, a charity that provides sensitivity and support around-the-clock to those who are struggling to cope.


Walgreens has been based in the Chicago area since 1901 and has always been an active member of the community. Through academic learning opportunities, mentoring, job training and providing career path options, Walgreens Boots Alliance and partner organizations make a measurable impact and help to transform individuals and communities for generations to come.


Midtown Educational Foundation (MEF)

Walgreens employees participate as volunteer mentors and tutors. Walgreens has supported the nonprofit MEF since 1980, championing the organization’s mission to inspire and positively guide Chicago’s urban youth living in under-resourced communities. Walgreens has donated a collective $6.75 million to MEF, a program that has impacted nearly 25,000 participants, with 1,100 students enrolled during fiscal 2018. 


Skills for Chicagoland’s Future 

Since 2014, Walgreens has partnered with the nonprofit Skills for Chicagoland’s Future to tackle high levels of unemployment among Chicago’s young adults, ages 18-24. Walgreens is committed to providing youths from disadvantaged Chicago neighborhoods with the long-term skills and tools they need to grow in their careers. 

Volunteer Spotlight

Walgreens Boots Alliance employees reported more than 214,000 volunteer hours during fiscal 2018. Many of our employees go above and beyond, showing commitment and dedication that is truly humbling. On this page we salute two employees for their outstanding volunteer work and support for local charities.


Alex Gill, staff pharmacist, centralized services, Walgreens CSR Champion of Champions award winner 

Walgreens staff pharmacist Alex Gill receives CSR award
Alex Gill is a staff pharmacist with Walgreens centralized services in Florida who has strong desire to help others and a passion for caring. In June 2018 he was recognized with the Walgreens Champion of Champions award for CSR for his generous support to several charities, including a women’s shelter, an orphanage and the Salvation Army Angel Tree program.



Alasdair Neill, Boots Opticians practice manager, BBC Children in Need Pudsey Champion 

Boots Opticians practice manager Alasdair Neill as a BBC Children in Need Pudsey Champion
Alasdair Neill, practice manager for Boots Opticians Stirling, Scotland was one of eight Boots employees recognized by BBC Children in Need as a Pudsey Champion, for his leadership, energy and enthusiasm toward fundraising efforts.

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