Press Release: 11.24.2020

McCarthy Kansas City Team Gives Back to Community

Local team partners with city to make residents’ “Mission Possible”

Kansas City Mission Possible Program

McCarthy has a proud tradition of being known as a local builder that gives back to the communities where we live and work. When COVID-19 began spreading in the surrounding community, McCarthy’s Kansas City team reached out to the nearby city manager of Mission looking for ways to help.

“I reached out to Nilo (Fanska), the Community Development Coordinator, right when COVID-19 first hit,” said BJ Peterson, McCarthy Vice President. “Our team has been involved in a variety of community outreach efforts around our office and projects, but we wanted to make sure the local leaders knew we were ready to help. I let Nilo know that we wanted to partner with the city and help the community, however we could.”

Soon after, the McCarthy team began working with the city of Mission’s “Mission Possible” program, which assists homeowners with the removal of physical barriers, dilapidated structures, qualifying minor home repairs, house painting and tree trimming. The McCarthy team was connected with two residents who needed assistance through the program. In addition to the new challenges brought on by the pandemic, these individuals had ongoing needs and the McCarthy team was ready to put their skills to use.

The first resident applied through the program for help cleaning her gutters. In addition to blowing leaves out of the gutters, the team fixed a broken downspout and helped the owner solve a problem with her furnace.

David Fowler, a former electrician, also applied for help building a safer staircase off his back patio after a medical issue made the repair too difficult to tackle on his own. Five McCarthy team members visited David’s house, took measurements and designed a staircase per his approval. Building permit in hand, the team returned the next weekend and got to work.

“What was dangerous for me has now far exceeded my expectations,” Fowler said. “McCarthy was fantastic! BJ and his crew were very nice, and they were extremely professional and efficient. I am very grateful for their assistance in improving my ability to safely get outside the back of my home. It's great to know that the city I live in has such great people and beneficial services.”

All the materials and labor were donated by the Tomahawk Creek Wastewater Treatment Facility project team as part of the McCarthy Heart Hats community outreach program. The Tomahawk WWTF is located in Leawood, Kansas and is a joint project of Johnson County Wastewater, Black & Veatch, HDR and McCarthy Building Companies/Kansas City.

Established in 2005, McCarthy Heart Hats offers employees an opportunity to support and give back in a variety of ways to make a real difference. In 2019, McCarthy supported more than 200 organizations nationally through the Heart Hats program and donated more than $20 million. Employees volunteered thousands of hours to local communities across America.

Mission City Community Development Coordinator, Nilo Fanska was pleased to see McCarthy’s commitment to the community.

“The city is glad David was able to take advantage of this opportunity and very grateful to have a partner in McCarthy Building Companies to volunteer their time and efforts to complete this project!"

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