Building homes for wounded veterans is a district initiative at PCL’s Orlando offices and one of many ways that PCL strives to support the communities in which it operates.
Volunteers from the PCL Orlando district came out
to support Army Specialist Robert Jackson and his
family at the groundbreaking ceremony for
Jackson’s new home.
PCL’s Tyler Mark (rear, center),
Building Homes for Heroes president,
Andrew Pujol and other major sponsors
at the groundbreaking event.
Last year, PCL employees in Orlando, in collaboration with the organization Building Homes for Heroes, coordinated home builds and renovations for wounded American soldiers.
Building Homes for Heroes is a national 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization, founded in 2006, that supports injured and disabled soldiers by building mortgage-free homes for them and their families. Andrew Pujol, president and chairman of the board, formed Building Homes for Heroes after volunteering in the rescue effort following the 2001 terrorist attack on the World Trade Center in New York City.
When PCL reached out to Building Homes for Heroes about possible volunteer opportunities, Pugol was quick to respond.
“PCL’s advice and guidance on weekly conference calls with contractors, community leaders, local business owners, and Building Homes for Heroes, pertaining to all aspects of modifying and building homes from the ground up, has been useful beyond measure,” said Pugol. “A large portion of the contractors carrying out the construction of the homes are part of the PCL network.”
THE TIME TO BUILD IS NOW
In 2012 PCL assisted in two home-renovation builds and one ground-up build in the Orlando area and made a $10,000 monetary donation that went to support builds around the United States.
The ground-up build provided a home for Army Specialist Robert Jackson, his wife, and their six children, who moved into their new home in March 2013.
Building Homes for Heroes has a goal to be among the most efficient nonprofit organizations in the country, with 94% of total expenses going directly to program costs (a figure well above the national nonprofit average).
“It’s gratifying to know that our volunteered time, resources, and expertise are going directly to help injured veterans,” said Tyler Mark, a PCL superintendent who was responsible for establishing the philanthropic partnership between PCL and Homes for Heroes. “I certainly plan to continue to build support for this organization.”