Press Release: 02.17.2014

Sharing Skills to Give Back

Heart Hats Volunteers Remodel Home of Wounded Warrior

A local Navy veteran and her family enjoyed the recent holiday season a little more comfortably after a crew from McCarthy put on their “heart” hats to help. Homeowner Monique Tuyisenge-Onyegbula was finding managing daily tasks a challenge because of a back injury she sustained while in service. The couple, who have two toddlers and expecting a third soon, recently purchased a home, but her injury made chores such as manually lifting the garage door and carrying groceries inside the house very difficult.

“We were so excited to be connected with Monique and her family,” said Ben Watkins, senior project manager for McCarthy. “We knew we could help with a few adjustments to their new home.”

During the week before Thanksgiving, 17 members from the construction team currently building Georgia Tech’s new Engineered Biosystems Building (EBB) downtown traveled to Gwinnett County to do the work. The team installed a new garage doors, built a new pantry inside the garage and repainted it. The team also installed new shower equipment and gave the boys’ room a new coat of paint.   

“We would like to thank this team for the fantastic job you did on our home,” Tuyisenge-Onyegbula remarked. “Because of McCarthy, we now have a well-organized garage, a safer basement, a showerhead that makes bathing the kids easier, and last but not least, a room my boys love. Your efforts have made our lives a lot easier and our home much more wonderful.” 

The McCarthy Heart Hats program is led by employees who donate their skills and time to many national and local organizations that aim to benefit those in need and strive to build better communities. Volunteers contributed about 140 man hours and provided $7,500 worth of material to complete the project to assist the Onyegbula family.

“I enjoy participating in our Heart Hats projects,” said volunteer Will Gaither. “It is rewarding to use my professional knowledge and experience in ways that truly help others. Plus, it was awesome to see how excited those little boys got over their room!”

This Heart Hats project was also significant because McCarthy invited people from the entire EBB team to participate, strengthening team camaraderie. Members from the owner’s team, end-user agency, design team, and several subcontractors volunteered time to help Monique and her family. John DuConge, Georgia Tech’s project manager for the EBB, remarked, “In my opinion, Heart Hats was a much more effective teambuilding tool than anything I've ever experienced before, and I appreciate the difference it makes in the lives of the people who are helped.”

Thank you to all team members who participated in this rewarding project!

Georgia Tech
Georgia State Financing and Investment Commission
Cooper Carry
Long Engineering
Mann Mechanical
Overhead Door Company
Inglett & Stubbs
Newcomb & Boyd

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