Working in the community is a core effort of the Skanska Oakland office, striving to better our community and the lives of our neighbors.
Alameda County Community Food Bank
The Alameda County Community Food Bank (ACCFB) has been in business since 1985, and is the hub of a vast collection and distribution network that provides food for 275 nonprofit agencies in Alameda County. In 2011, the Food Bank distributed 20.9 million pounds of food; distributing enough food for 300,000 meals weekly. Skanska's northern California offices host annual food drives to collect food for the Alameda County Food Bank. In the past we have donated more than 800 lbs. of food. Our employees and their family members have sorted thousands of pounds of food at the food bank.
East Bay Regional Parks District
East Bay Regional Park District (EBRPD) is a system of public parks and trails over 1,745 square miles of Alameda and Contra Costa counties. Our team's have we restored trails and habitat throughout Coyote Hills Regional Park in Fremont, CA. Twenty-seven Skanska volunteers and their family members improved trail drainage and installed jute netting to prevent hillside erosion, restored habitat on illegal trails, and resurfaced and cleared over-growth from trails.
Leap Sandcastle Classic
Every October, the Leap4Kids Sandcastle Classic, the largest sandcastle building contest in Northern California, is held at Ocean Beach in San Francisco. This event has become one of the most popular annual charity events supported by the architecture, engineering and construction communities in the Bay Area. With the proceeds from the competition, Leap4Kids, a local non-profit organization, brings art and architecture programs into over 25 schools in the Bay Area.
Rebuilding Together Oakland
On the last weekend of April, Rebuilding Together Oakland (RTO) holds their “National Rebuilding Day” when both individual and corporate members of the Oakland community come together to rehabilitate the homes of low-income elderly and disabled individuals, and the non-profit facilities that work directly within low-income communities. In 2011, in a joint venture of 53 Skanska USA Building and Skanska USA Civil volunteers, we provided materials and labor to rehabilitate Oakland’s treasured Children’s Fairyland, a non-profit fairytale themed children’s amusement park that inspired Disney to build Disneyland. The team took on several tasks for the day, including replacing a gangway on a ship, repairing the planks of another, building a façade designed to look like a circus tent at the entrance to circus party area, replacing a fence to allow the animals to roam in designated areas when the park is closed and planting a butterfly gardens to attract butterflies with blooming flowers and nectar.