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What is Your Plan for Giving this Holiday Season?
BY SCOTT WILLIAMS, CHAIR, AGC CHARITIES
ROBERT BOWEN, CHAIR, AGC EDUCATION AND
WITH THE HOLIDAY SEASON fast approaching, many of us are
already busy making plans to visit family and friends, take muchneeded vacations and enjoy holiday celebrations. In all the commotion, it's easy to lose sight of two of the most important holiday
traditions: being thankful for what you have and giving to others.
In that spirit, we hope you'll consider giving to our two charitable
organizations, AGC Charities and AGC Education and Research
Foundation. Both programs aim to help people in need, invest in
the future of our industry, and shine a light on the generosity of
the skillsets of students across America, strengthen the quality
our workforce and build a brighter future for our industry. If you'd
like to contribute to the AGC Education and Research Foundation,
please visit agc.org/foundation or use the envelope included in
this issue of Constructor.
AGC Charities, founded in 2009, has spent the last six years
organizing and supporting philanthropic projects in communities
around the country. Each year during the AGC convention, the group
completes projects through the Operation Opening Doors program,
which harnesses the talents and resources of our workforce to
improve the lives of veterans and the disabled community.
In 2015, Operation Opening Doors partnered with contractors in San Juan, Puerto Rico to rebuild the home of a partially
wheelchair-bound army veteran whose house was looted, forcing
him to live in a backyard shack. And in 2014, Operation Opening
Doors worked with Las Vegas contractors to build a new facility
that offers horseback riding and animal care programs to veterans,
first responders and their families. If you'd like to contribute to
AGC Charities and enable future Operation Opening Doors projects,
please visit agccharities.org.
There's no better time of year to give to others, and the AGC
Education and Research Foundation and AGC Charities are very
worthwhile causes. Thanks to contributions from AGC members
and supporters, these programs will continue to improve our
industry, strengthen communities and make a positive difference
in people's lives.
Thanks to the AGC Education & Research Foundation, Dr. Hisham Said
(left), associate professor, Santa Clara University, served as a faculty
intern with Blach Construction Company (BCC), and gained key field
experience that he brought back to his students.
The Foundation, founded in 1968, supports the future of the
industry by providing construction scholarships and investing in
industry-related research projects. Through endowments made
by AGC members and supporters, as well as AGC chapters, the
Foundation is able to give 100 or more undergraduate and graduate scholarships each year to deserving students. Since 1970, we
have awarded over 3,500 scholarships totaling over $10 million.
This year the Foundation initiated a new workforce development
scholarship with the help of NCCER to benefit students in craft and
technical training. The first 19 of these scholarships were awarded
in August. 2016 also saw the continuation of the very successful
faculty internship program, with seven faculty members working
with AGC contractors during the summer months, later bringing
their enhanced knowledge back to their students.
There are few more important gifts to receive than the gift of a
quality education. Donations to the Foundation will help broaden
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Volunteer contractors, under the leadership of Desarrollos
Metropolitanos, rebuilt the San Juan home of wheelchair-bound
veteran Jose Quinonez as part of AGC Charities' Operation Opening
Doors project in March 2015.
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Constructor - November/December 2015
Play It Safe With BIM
Workforce Shortage Report: Western Region
Taking Off: The Unique Nature of Airport Construction
Pack Your Boots and Don Your Hat
Shape Up and Ship Out
AGC San Diego Opens Fall Protection Campus
Member and Chapter News
2015 Software Services Guide
Index to Advertisers
Constructor - November/December 2015