Working in the community is one of the core values of the Skanska Oakland office and one of the most rewarding experiences for our entire staff. It is through this commitment that we strive to better our community environment and the lives of our neighbors. We support and participate in a myriad of charitable causes but four key events form the basis of our outreach.
Rebuilding Together Oakland
Annually, 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 2009 we provided materials and labor, a total of $80,000 of construction renovation value, to rehabilitate the East Oakland Youth Development Center, one of Oakland’s flagship non-profit organizations providing a variety of educational, cultural, recreational and nutritional programs for low income youth and their families.
Habitat for Humanity
Each year, usually in August we participate in the Silicon Valley Habitat for Humanity Work Day in San Jose. Our team’s efforts benefit deserving families in need of affordable housing. The houses are built with donated materials and volunteer labor and are then leased to families in the Silicon Valley area.
Leap Sandcastle Classic
In early 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, contractor and building 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 and serves over 6,500 youth. In 2009 we teamed up with HKS and ARG architects and the 5th grade class from John Yehall Chin Elementary School to raise $15,000 for Leap. Our team won the Award for “Most Imaginative” Sandcastle.