Press Release: 01.24.2013

Building Goodwill

Corporate giving is good business. And when employees truly get behind a cause and see for themselves what a positive difference they can make, it’s priceless.

That’s the concept behind McCarthy’s “Heart Hats” community outreach program, designed to encourage employees to give their time and talent toward various social causes in communities where they work and live. For the company’s San Diego office, the focus in 2012 was primarily on five local charity events held throughout the year.

Ending Hunger
In May a team of 10 McCarthy employees competed against other teams in Canstruction, an annual design-build competition sponsored by the Society for Design Administration, an affiliate of the American Institute of Architects. Each team was tasked with collecting donations of canned goods, devising a design, and creating huge works of sculptural art made entirely out of canned goods.

The sculptures, which incorporated around 50,000 cans of food, were on display to the public for several days at Horton Plaza. Following the event, all of the food was donated to Homefront San Diego, an organization that benefits San Diego military personnel along with the East County Transitional Living Center, which helps house the community’s homeless.

Building Teamwork
In June, a team of 66 McCarthy employees participated in the World Famous Mud Run at the Camp Pendleton Base, with proceeds benefitting the Camp Pendleton Armed Services YMCA. McCarthy employees — 45 men and 21 women — comprised almost half of the 155-member Clark/McCarthy joint venture team, which together raised a total of $5,000 for military members and their families. The team is currently working on the new 500,000-square-foot design-build Naval Replacement Hospital Project at Camp Pendleton.

“This was a great opportunity to show our support for the community while also supporting our Armed Service members,” said Michael Fritz Oettinger, McCarthy project engineer. “The adventurous nature of the race and festive post-race gathering proved to be a valuable bonding experience for all of the joint venture partners working together to build the new Naval Hospital at Camp Pendleton.”

Repairing Veterans’ Home
September marked the 1st Annual McCarthy Golf Tournament in San Diego, which through raffle prices and golf packages raised $5,860 for Embrace H3, a program that utilizes volunteer college students and recent graduates to restore the homes of low income, disabled veteran homeowners through partnerships with licensed contractors.

In addition to the monetary donation, McCarthy employees pitched in to rebuild the Lemon Grove home of Staff Sergeant Mark Hupp, whose dream was to have an improved, ADA-accessible house where he could host gatherings for his wounded veteran friends. 

The scope of work included: replacement of the entire electrical system of the house; installation of a new HVAC system, new kitchen cabinets and appliances, stone counter tops, floor tile in the kitchen and bathroom, new interior and exterior doors, and handrail on the backyard deck; construction of ADA ramps in the front yard and a driveway into the backyard; and new paint throughout the home. More than 3,000 manhours were expended during the course of the remodeling project.

Walking with Purpose
In October, McCarthy participated in the Rady Children’s Hospital Shamu and You Family Walk at SeaWorld, for which the company had 82 walkers and raised $17,009. This was the third year in a row McCarthy employees have participated in this Shamu Walk, raising more than $60,000 all told.

Rady Children’s Hospital is a non-profit organization near and dear to McCarthy employees’ hearts. While working on the jobsite of the $260 million Patient Care Pavilion, many of them watched critically sick and injured children being taken – often air-flighted – to the hospital. Seeing the positive difference that Rady Children’s Hospital makes on children’s lives every day, they’ve wanted to pitch in.

Preventing Child Abuse
For the holidays, the San Diego office of McCarthy chose to support the Casa de Amparo Clothing and Food Drive. Casa de Amparo is recognized as a major community force in the prevention of child abuse with a mission to assure that children and their families receive services for healing, stopping child mistreatment and ending generational cycles of abuse. McCarthy collected and delivered a truckload of children’s toys and clothing to the organization before Christmas.

“For us, community outreach isn’t just abut being socially responsible as a business, it’s also connecting employees’ hearts and minds to the community in which we’re building,” said Bob Betz, McCarthy senior vice president. “That’s what builds goodwill.”

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