In Riverside and San Bernardino Counties, Balfour Beatty project teams are not only busy at work making dreams come true for project owners, they are also helping high school students learn more about career options that are available to them in architecture, construction, engineering. Several of our employees are actively involved with the ACE Mentor Program-Inland Empire (ACE), volunteering time as mentors and providing students with unique insights into the industry.
In fact, Layne Arthur, vice president—San Bernardino/Riverside is a founding Board Member of ACE Mentor – Inland Empire Chapter, and currently serves as Board Secretary. Several other local employees are also involved with the Chapter serving in roles to support administrative duties, event coordination, social media/web site content development and as mentors on high school teams.
This year, Balfour Beatty co-sponsored ACE’s first annual golf tournament held at Goose Creek Golf Club in Mira Loma, Calif. Layne Arthur served as the Golf Committee Chair for this first-time event which raised a whopping $14,000 – enough to award 14 students with $1,000 each in scholarships. Scholarships were announced at the annual ACE graduation ceremony for high school seniors.
In addition to young people, we have a dedicated group of employees who care about people in need within the community. Two programs in particular have become an annual traditions: Valentines for Heroes and our company’s Adopt-A-Family program.
For the Valentine’s for Heroes program, employees gather Valentines made by students from local elementary schools and help distribute them on Valentine’s Day to patients at the VA Medical Center in Loma Linda. All of the students who made the cards attend a school that we either modernized or built from the ground-up. One of our project managers, Steven Gillman, enlisted the help of his son’s soccer team who not only made personalized cards, they held a fund-raiser at a local soccer tournament to pay for a few “extras” such as crossword puzzles, word searches, and other game books.
For the Adopt-A-Family program, employees donate gifts and money to help families in need during the holidays. Last year, the family adopted was selected from the Colton Unified School District because they had suffered extreme hardship. The mother is a recent widow with four sons ranging in age from four to 15-years old. Not only did she also succumb to a debilitating health issue that left her in a wheelchair and blind, they recently lost their home in a fire. The gifts and donations provided a moment of joy for the family members, as well as for the employees who helped make that moment happen. For them, the opportunity to give back to a family who has suffered so much—in a community where we build—is the gift.