A message from Rick Wolf, President of Mednik Riverbend
When I purchased Mednik Riverbend after 35 years of service, I knew I wanted to make changes. Shifting the culture of a company requires a vision and consistency, and I knew that communicating who we are would be a primary focus in everything we do. I wanted to create a more purpose-driven workplace for myself and our entire Mednik Riverbend family.
Our primary goals would be to promote sustainable, responsible alternatives in the marketplace wherever possible; and secondly, we became dedicated to GIVING BACK.
Making a Difference
There are days when I feel that giving back is the most satisfying part of my work—helping those who are less fortunate, severely disadvantaged, or in need. We view giving as a privilege.
As we look at each vendor through a lens of sustainability, we look at opportunities to help the community with a similar approach. Is there a need that we can help satisfy? Is a charity small and can they grow with our help? Are they local? Will our actions have an impact on someone’s life? Can we alleviate someone’s pain and suffering?
In short, can we make a difference?
We strive to go above and beyond to help others whenever possible.
- We have donated over 5,000 coats to-date to Coats for Kids.
- We have supplied thousands of clean, warm, packaged blankets to local shelters through Heat-Up St. Louis and community organizers.
- We've had a continuous monthly drive for personal care items to supply non-profits for homeless people and people struggling to survive.
- We offer clothing at no charge to women who are exiting incarceration.
- We supply linen and clothing to non-profits such as The Little Bit Foundation, stocking an inner city kiosk for disadvantaged children.
- We donate time and money continually throughout the year to many causes, including the Men’s Cancer Fund and The St. Andrew’s Foundation.
- We sponsor the Riverbend Textiles Sustainable Design Leadership Award at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri to help promote the benefits of sustainable apparel.
- We are active with the St. Louis Fashion Fund for community outreach for upcycling and sustainable clothing.
But, there are a few favorites that ring truest to our hearts.
The first is Second Wind Lung Transplant Association of St. Louis. My son is a transplant survivor and there are no words to express our gratitude. Working with Second Wind to raise awareness of their cause and assist in fundraising is simply a heart-warming experience.
And secondly, Healing Action, a non-profit dedicated to helping victims of sex trafficking. We have partnered with them from almost their inception by supplying clothing, personal care items, towels, food, volunteering our time and offering our financial support. We’ve established a fund covering a 5-year period to assist with emergency housing expenses for victims of trafficking.
A Special Partnership
And there’s perhaps our most cherished program: The St. Louis County Special School District - Mednik Riverbend Partnership. We work with kids with special needs, providing on-the-job training and work skill development.
Every day, a bus drops off 6 to 8 of the greatest kids you will ever meet. We work with these students to develop job skills and help them in their lives and in their careers. We employ a full-time SSD teacher on our staff to help these kids to succeed. For us, this is personal. We get to know them. We feel for them. And we become involved.
In 2018, we were honored to receive the outstanding Special Ambassador Award for this partnership, the highest recognition given for a non-educator.
In the end, it’s not about awards or certificates—or even if anyone notices. We simply do it because we think it’s the right thing to do. If, by chance, you’re reading this and would like to participate in any of our ventures, or perhaps you have a situation for which we could be of help, please contact me: firstname.lastname@example.org.