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Local Firms Giving Back to the Community

Compiled by AZBEX Staff

AZBEX Note: If your firm has made a contribution to the community, send photos and information to Rebekah Morris or Eric Toll at AZBEX, and we’ll include it in upcoming stories about Builders Giving Back.

The A/E/C community is integral to all the Valley’s communities. Associations, individuals and firms all give back to Arizona showing commitment and spirit. AZBEX is proud to highlight some of the great things the A/E/C industries have done over the past few months.


Contractors/Roofing Association/Manufacturers Step up to Re-Roof Youth Diversion Center

AZBEX publisher Rebekah Morris was invited to the unveiling of a newly restored roof at the New Pathways for Youth in the Garfield neighborhood of Downtown Phoenix a couple weeks back.  It was amazing to hear the stories about what the folks do down there – an intense 11-month program that helps teens in trouble make positive changes in their lives.  Local firms joined with the roofing association to restore and re-coat the aging roof on the facility.  Besides extending the useful life by ten years, the newly coated 4.5K SF roof will lower energy bills for the center. The donated materials and labor allow the center to provide services for nine more children experiencing homelessness this year.  The firms involved include: Jim Brown & Sons Roofing Co., Inc., Arizona Roofing Contractors Association (ARCA), Western Colloid, and KM Coatings.  The children presented the firms with hand-made thank you cards, which, in our opinion, are better than any plaque to hang on a wall.

Sundt Foundation Grants over $64K to Local Non-profits

Sundt Construction, Inc.‘s Phoenix employees have selected 16 local nonprofit organizations to receive Sundt Foundation grants totaling $64K this quarter. The Sundt Foundation was established by Sundt in 1999 to give its employee-owners a means of giving back to their communities. It provides financial support to nonprofit organizations dedicated to improving the lives of disadvantaged children and adults. Most grants are made to organizations in the communities where Sundt has offices and construction projects. The Foundation is funded primarily by contributions from Sundt employees and company matching. To date, the organization has awarded more than $5M in donations to organizations throughout Arizona, California, Texas and beyond.

  • $10,000 Grant Recipient, St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance
  • $8,000 Grant Recipient, St. Joseph the Worker
  • $7,000 Grant Recipients, Chandler Christian Community Center, Children in Need Foundation
  • $5,000 Grant Recipients, Central Arizona Shelter Services, Inc., Phoenix Gospel Mission
  • $4,000 Grant Recipient, Florence Crittenton Services of Arizona, Inc.
  • $3,500 Grant Recipients, Dignity Health Foundation, Hope and a Future, Inc., Neighbors Who Care, Inc.
  • $3,000 Grant Recipient, Gabriel’s Angels
  • $2,500 Grant Recipients, Arizonans for Children, Arizona School of Dentistry and Oral Health, Neurologic Music Therapy Services
  • $1,000 Grant Recipients, Arizona Literacy & Learning Center, Interfaith Cooperative Ministries, Partners in Health & Aging Inc. for Adults, Partners in Health & Aging Inc. for Children

Howard S. Wright Community Giving

Howard S. Wright sponsored the Celebration of the Arts for Children with Disabilities at Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts November 13th.  Seven staff members volunteered their time, helping the children with activities in an effort to make a difference for them.

Celebration for the Arts for Children with Disabilities is an annual event offering a safe, friendly and artistic environment for elementary-aged children with various classifications of disabilities to create art and be together in a fun and festive outdoor setting.  Held each November, this celebratory event offers unique performances, workshops and art projects designed for various ranges of abilities and cognition.  Dedicated staff members and volunteers work to ensure the students’ safety as they unload and load buses, traverse the park, attend art workshops and eat lunch at this exciting half-day event.

Tucson-area Builders Alliance Redo Veterans Center

The Arizona Builders Alliance of Tucson’s 18th Annual Volunteer Day over the weekend of December 1st included hundreds of local volunteers signed up to complete a month-long renovations project on the transitional center, Esperanza En Escalante, or “Rising Hope,” 3700 S. Calle Polar. The shelter received about $100,000 worth of donated renovations, said Tom Dunn, Southern Arizona director of the Arizona Builders Alliance.

Improvements to the shelter included renovated kitchens, bathrooms, bedrooms, cabinetry, air conditioning, landscaping and the creation of a dog park (Original story in AZStarNet) .

McCarthy’s Heart Hats Awards $40K, Will Donate New Playground to UMOM Center, and More

McCarthy Southwest, a Phoenix-based division of McCarthy Building Companies, has awarded two grants and an in-kind project recipient via its Heart Hats community outreach program. Children’s Cancer Network and the Starbright Foundation will receive $20,000 each and UMOM New Day Centers will receive a new playground.

In addition to the two grants, McCarthy also selected UMOM New Day Centers as the recipient of this year’s hands-on volunteer project. McCarthy Heart Hats volunteers will remove the outdated and unsafe structure and install a new playground for the nearly 90 children residing at UMOM’s Casa de Paz Fillmore. The team will also get rid of the sand, install a new playground surface, paint the basketball court and ramada, install a watering system and plant new vegetation. The project is scheduled to begin February 2013 and will be completed within 4-6 weeks.

McCarthy’s water services department volunteered to help build a float for iCAN, a Chandler-based children’s non-profit for the Parade of Lights. McCarthy volunteers will give Santa books to hand out to underprivileged elementary school students at Cartwright Elementary School in Phoenix.

Kitchell Adds Protein to Desert Mission Food Bank; Cash to Sandy Relief

During Thanksgiving week, Kitchell, a regular supporter, donated two semi-trucks full of canned beans to the Desert Mission Food Bank. The donation, valued at $60K, came at a time when protein was desperately needed by the food bank—the peanut butter recall had depleted its shelves of an important staple for its households. The donation was of such a magnitude, the food bank was able to share the largess with other food banks.

Following Hurricane Sandy, Kitchell’s employees sent $25K in donations to the American Red Cross for Sandy Relief Efforts. Half the funds were raised through the fundraising, the balance matched by Kitchell.

HSL Gathers 10K Pounds of Food for Tucson Food Banks

HSL Properties, owner of more than 10,000 apartments in Arizona, has started a program collecting food from residents to donate to the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona. Residents at the company’s 32 apartment complexes are being asked to contribute one pound of food to reach 10,000 pounds of food. Safeway donated 8,000 bags to all of HSL’s apartment complexes for the project. Participants are asked to contribute a non-perishable and hang bags from doors, where HSL team members will collect the food for distribution to the food bank.

Interior Designers’ Festival of Trees for Phoenix Children’s Hospital

Fifteen of the top interior designers in Arizona joined together to individually decorate Christmas trees on display at the Montelucia Resort, Lincoln Dr. at Tatum Blvd., Paradise Valley. The trees were auctioned off at a benefit with all of the proceeds going to Phoenix Children’s Hospital.

Valley Partnership Transforms Lives with 25th Annual Community Project

About 150 volunteers of all ages and background gathered to completely renovate the backyard of the Southwest Autism Research and Resource Center, 16th and Cypress streets, Phoenix. Part of the project was the completion of a 100-foot long mural along the back block wall. Volunteers consisted of Valley Partnership members and member donors such as Adolfson & Peterson Construction, Vestar, Ryan Companies US Inc., Caretaker Landscape and Tree Management and Markham Contracting Co., Inc.. Students from Saint Thomas Aquinas grade school also participated, with a total of 28 student volunteers and parents. The project had a retail value around $500K.

NUCA-AZ Adopts Member Family

Christmas can be a hard time of the year for the economically distressed, but when a stroke leveled one of their own, the National Utility Contractors Association of Arizona adopted the family of a member firm’s employees for Christmas. The family of seven are facing the challenge of the 40-something father recovering from a November stroke. NUCA-AZ has taken their ailing member, his wife and five children under their wing to ensure as Merry a Christmas as possible.

Clear Title Agency Backpacks Weekend Food for United Way

Clear Title Agency gathered team members and assembled backpacks and food to donate to the Valley of the Sun United Way’s Weekend Hunger Backpack Program. The effort puts enough food intoa backpack to sustain underserved local kids through the weekend. After each weekend, the kids return their packs to have them stuffed some more for the next weekend. This way, they don’t come to school hungry on Monday morning (Original story in AZRE).

Mark-Taylor Gives A Year’s Rent, Raises $50K for Family Promise

A single mother and her children are living rent free courtesy of Mark-Taylor for the next year as part of the Great Give campaign organized by Family Promise. The free rent comes through a raffle raising nearly $50K for Family Promise. Chances for the year’s free rent are $5 donations to the organization. The group helps homeless families find permanent shelter. Mark-Taylor surprised a family of four in need with a one year lease for a furnished apartment at Arboretum at Ahwatukee.

This is not the first time Mark-Taylor has given families a new lease on life. Over the course of the company’s 25-plus year history it has given away rent to dozens of at-risk families, many who continue to reside in the community that supported them when they needed it most.

Mark-Taylor was the primary sponsor of Family Promise’s “Cardboard City” event, contributing dollars, volunteers and marketing resources to help the organization reach its $40,000 goal. The company has promoted its “Great Give” fundraiser at every event it has attended this fall, including the Scottsdale Polo Championship and Gilbert’s Rock the Block.