2009 AGC in the Community Awards

2009 Award Winners and their Accomplishments

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Contractors Association of West Virginia

Award PhotoAid to Children with Muscular Dystrophy Contractors Association of West Virginia constructed a driveway for a local family whose two children suffer from muscular dystrophy. The family’s home sits on a hillside, and the long, steep gravel driveway proved difficult to manage in a wheelchair. The chapter’s work, which was requested by the Muscular Dystrophy Association of West Virginia, allows the children to reach the school bus and neighborhood activities, increasing their mobility and quality of life.

AGC of Greater Milwaukee

Award PhotoDominican Center and the Sojourner Truth House AGC of Greater Milwaukee members committed their time and talent to provide necessary rehabilitation work on seven homes as part of the Dominican Center program. The Dominican Center is focused on stabilizing a seven-square block area within Milwaukee’s central city, helping low-income women and senior citizens avoid eviction due to mounting fines for building code violations. Chapter members made the single largest contribution of services in the program’s 17-year history, performing porch rebuilds, window and roof replacements, and painting.

AGC of Virginia

Award PhotoHabitat for Humanity AGC of Virginia is organized into districts, allowing the chapter to serve the community on a local level, in addition to building networking, training and work force development opportunities for its members. Throughout the districts, the chapter has donated 586 pints of blood for the Red Cross, built a house for Habitat for Humanity and collected more than 800 pounds of canned food for a local food bank. In addition, the districts have donated thousands of dollars to a variety of organizations, including the For Kids Legacy Project, Youth Learning Academy and the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation.

AGC of South Dakota

Award PhotoOperation Opening Doors AGC South Dakota, Building Chapter hosts several events each year in order to raise funds for local charities and the AGC Scholarship Fund. Operation Opening Doors has been the centerpiece of the chapter’s efforts for several years, receiving half of the fundraising dollars. The program allows chapter members to use the funds to retrofit the homes of wounded soldiers returning from war. The chapter has installed wheelchair ramps, widened hallways and doors and enlarged bathrooms, kitchens and bedrooms, in addition to building entirely new homes for soldiers and families when necessary.

Master Builders of Western Pennsylvania

Award PhotoRebuilding Together Pittsburgh Rebuilding Together Pittsburgh was founded in 1993 by the Master Builders’ Association of Western PA, Inc., and is dedicated to keeping low income, elderly, and disabled homeowners living in warmth, safety, independence and dignity through home repair and rehabilitation. The program assists elderly people living in Allegheny County, often addressing home safety needs such as installing smoke alarms and handrails. Since its inception, Rebuilding Together Pittsburgh has repaired and rehabilitated 935 homes for free to qualifying homeowners.

Ohio Contractors Association

Award PhotoSt. Hermann’s House of Hospitality In June of 2009, OCA member companies donated skilled and unskilled labor, materials, equipment, transportation and monetary contributions to St. Hermann’s House of Hospitality in Cleveland, Ohio. St. Hermann’s extends charity to jobless and homeless men to help them straighten out their lives and find jobs and provide hot meals to at least 120 men and women daily. Members leveled and replaced a stone and dirt pad under the pavilion with a compacted limestone floor, new downspout, drainage and lighting. The chapter chairman organized and cooked for the member volunteers and over 120 men and women.

Arizona Builders Alliance

Award PhotoThe Haven The Tucson ABA Volunteer Day is an annual event where a community organization is selected to improve their facility on a specified workday. The Haven, a non-profit organization working exclusively with children and their mothers as they recover from substance additions, was selected this year, and 150 members donated $100,000 in time, labor and materials to transform the living quarters of this non-profit. This was the 13th year that ABA members have helped community organizations in this manner, and it is estimated that $1 million in donated materials and labor have gone into the community through this effort.

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