Big hearts are paving the way for big changes throughout the Ventura community and in the lives of families in need. Those hearts belong to many Balfour Beatty employees who work and live in Ventura County who want to make a difference by volunteering in the Oak Park Unified School District’s (OPUSD) annual Big Sunday event, or through donations made to families in need through Catholic Charities.
Big Sunday is an annual event that is organized by the OPUSD and mobilizes over 500 volunteers who spend a day beautifying and cleaning-up school sites, hiking trails, streambeds, and selected senior citizen’s homes throughout the community. Balfour Beatty volunteers lend a hand on an annual basis by providing the expertise and helping hands to complete the jobs and assist with coordinating the effort.
When the holiday’s come around, Balfour Beatty is there to brighten the lives of families in need through our annual participation with the Catholic Charities Family Adoption program. In fact, Catholic Charities is one of the tenants that occupies the Ruben Castro Human Service Center in Moorpark, a $14 million facility we completed in 2012. Ruben Castro, who died in December 2009, was a prominent leader in Moorpark known for helping the needy. We are pleased to carry on this giving tradition and many of our employees donate time and money to find the perfect gifts for each family member that we adopt.
Beyond clean-up and charitable activities, we are also helping to pave the way for young people to prepare for future careers in construction. Every summer, we offer summer internship programs for high school students, and often times, these internships turn in to real jobs—and some even within our own company.