Skanska has a culture of giving back to the communities in which we work and live. Our efforts are coordinated by a community involvement committee that schedules activities year-round. These activities are supplemented by volunteer events coordinated by our project teams in the field.
Some of the highlights of our recent community outreach include:
Macaw Rescue and Sanctuary
Several members of the Tahoma High School project team found a unique and fun way to give back by volunteering at the Macaw Rescue & Sanctuary in Carnation last weekend. They spent a full Saturday installing framing, insulation, roofing & siding on several bird shelters. The sanctuary houses over 750 birds and is entirely run by volunteers, so the time spent by the Tahoma team made a big impact and was greatly appreciated. They were also joined by several members of OAC, DLR and Cascade Design Collaborative. For more information on the bird sanctuary, click here.
Bricks & Books Auction
For the past three years, Skanska has partnered with Rainier Scholars in a fundraising auction called Bricks & Books. The lively event includes games, photos, food, drinks, music and both a silent and live auction. The 2015 event raised more than $205K. Rainier Scholars is a nonprofit organization which provides academic enrichment and leadership development for students of color spanning sixth grade through college graduation. Deeply committed to its mission, Skanska has hired four interns and one full-time employee from the program.
School Supplies Drive
Annually, our office and our project teams throughout the state gather school supplies for children in the communities where we work. Job sites choose a local school in need and work with them to help make a difference for students. Many of our subcontractor partners participate, as well. In 2015, this effort helped bring nearly $30,000 of supplies to students in need throughout Washington.
Each year Skanska cyclists join forces to support the fight against cancer. The Skanska Obliteride team raised over $35,000 for the Fred Hutch Cancer Research Center in 2014. For those who prefer not to cycle but still want to help, Skanska also sponsors a rider support booth, which was well staffed by many energetic Skanska employees.
Virginia Mason Triathlon
For the past six years, Skanska employees have swum, biked and run in support of Virginia Mason and the Benaroya Research Institute in the Virginia Mason Triathlon “race to eliminate autoimmune diseases.” Benaroya Research Institute is one of the few research institutes in the world dedicated to finding causes and cures to eliminate autoimmune diseases including Type 1 diabetes, arthritis, lupus, multiple sclerosis, scleroderma and many others.
Ride for a Reason
Motorcyclist enthusiasts within Skanska participated in Ride for a Reason benefiting the Oso landside relief efforts. The motorcyclists rode through Whidbey Island to Anacortes then looped back to the city, generating more than $500 for relief efforts.
Skanska’s employees and project teams throughout the Puget Sound region have made the holiday season brighter for members of our community in need by donating toys and food. Various charities include: Bianca’s Place, Salvation Army, YWCA, Bart Harvey, Toys for Tots, and Hopelink.
Skanska has partnered with South Lake Union neighbor, YouthCare in various ways. Through YouthCare’s YouthBuild, Skanska has helped support a new generation of skilled workers. The program provides education and employment skills training to 30 at-risk young adults in the Seattle area. Skanska held a donation drive to give program participants and graduates basic work necessities – new socks, work gloves, long underwear, work pants and boots, plus personal hygiene items. Employees also raised $1,220 for the program and donated an additional $1,000.
Skanska is a significant supporter – through donations and volunteers – of the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance House in South Lake Union. The facility provides housing to patients, caregivers or family members of a patient who is undergoing cancer treatment at its affiliated hospitals in Seattle. Many of these patients are traveling from great distances and need affordable places to stay in the city.
Skanska hosts a monthly dinner for house residents, providing a fresh cooked meal at no charge for residents. Employees volunteer to cook, serve and clean.
NAIOP Community Enhancement Day
Skanska is an annual participant in these events, which draw more than 350 NAIOP member volunteers from more than 100 companies each year.
Our project teams are committed to helping the communities around them. Our sites have helped lead food drives, delivered turkeys to neighbors at the holidays, spearheaded toy drives, and sponsored community BBQ’s and movie nights, to name just a few.
Skanska was recognized by the Puget Sound Business Journal for its dedication to educational philanthropy, by winning the 2014 Healthy Communities Corporate Champion Award in the Education category. This award was given to Skanska based on our active contributions furthering education in the Puget Sound region.