AS MANY MEMBERS OF THE AGC OF AMERICA community contemplate making end-of-year charitable gifts, I hope you will consider the association’s two charitable institutions: AGC Charities Inc. and the AGC Education & Research Foundation. Both groups have built impressive track records investing in our communities and the future of our industry. And with the approach of our Centennial year, and the all-too-busy hurricane season we have had, there is ample opportunity, and reason, to give to these two groups this holiday season.
Even though AGC Charities Inc. is less than a decade old, it has already established a new AGC of America tradition organizing its Autodesk Operation Opening Doors projects in conjunction with our annual convention. Since its first project in 2010, AGC Charities has worked with member firms to donate repairs to facilities that support families with sick children, centers that serve the disabled, after school programs that work with at-risk youth and groups that help homeless citizens rebuild their lives. The group has also helped build a new equestrian center for returning veterans and a water park designed for children with disabilities—Morgan’s Wonderland in San Antonio.
Meanwhile, the AGC Education & Research Foundation, which will celebrate its 50th anniversary next year, has a long history of providing college scholarships for students preparing for careers in construction. Since 2011, the Foundation has awarded grants to faculty, sponsoring summer residencies at AGC member construction firms; supported the development of industry case studies; and expanded its scholarship offerings to cover students attending career and community colleges. In other words, the Foundation has been investing in our industry’s future for nearly half a century.
Both of these philanthropic groups have special plans to help honor our Centennial that could definitely benefit from your support. The Consulting Constructors’ Council (CCC) will host a special benefit gala for the AGC Foundation during the annual convention in New Orleans at the end of February at the National World War II Museum. It will also host the Foundation’s annual Bill Ratz Memorial Golf Tournament on the afternoon of February 28th at the end of the Convention. Registration for both events is already open and can be found at convention.agc.org.
Meanwhile, AGC Charities will also organize its most ambitious project ever to coincide with our October 1st Centennial Celebration. With the help of lead general contractor Davis Construction, AGC Charities will renovate a historic dairy barn in Maryland to serve as the new national headquarters of the Warrior Canine Connection. The group works with veterans with invisible wounds, like post-traumatic stress and traumatic brain injuries, to train service dogs that go on to serve veterans with physical and mental injuries. Once finished, the new facility will help Warrior Canine Connection help many more veterans from across the country.
And of course, AGC Charities is working with our chapters in Texas, Puerto Rico and other areas affected by this season’s significant hurricanes to provide relief for members of the AGC family. As the holidays approach, AGC Charities will be distributing relief assistance grants to employees of member firms and AGC chapters who sustained significant damages during the storms that won’t be covered by insurance or other forms of support.
There are many worthwhile causes that deserve our support. And I appreciate that we can only contribute so much to so many groups. But if you care about our industry’s support for our communities and the future of our industry, then contributing to AGC Charities Inc. and the AGC Education & Research Foundation should be a no-brainer this holiday season, please.
To learn more about, and support, the AGC Education & Research Foundation, visit: www.agc. foundation.org. To learn more about, and support, AGC Charities, visit www.agccharities.org.