Since opening its doors in 1989, PCL’s Water Infrastructure Group
has been helping to provide communities in the southwestern United States
with access to clean water and reliable water infrastructure.
PCL’s Water Infrastructure Group bands together
for the fight against hunger by volunteering at St.
Mary’s Food Bank.
District manager, Mike McKinney, helps package
and sort meals at St. Mary’s Food Bank volunteer
Employees spent their Saturday gathering
donations and turkeys for St. Mary’s Food Bank
ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday.
Manny Valdivia, human resources manager, and
Richard Hewitt, operations manager, keep up with
tradition by presenting St. Mary’s Food Bank with a
Founded on a set of guiding principles that include a
commitment to social responsibility, it didn’t take long for PCL employees to
find and support a cause in their community that they, and PCL, were passionate
about. After setting down roots in Arizona, PCL became involved with St. Mary’s
Food Bank in 1992, a relationship that still holds strong today.
Since the beginning of the partnership with St. Mary’s Food
Bank, PCL’s Water Infrastructure Group and its employees have donated more than
$70,000 and 15,000 volunteer hours to the organization, helping to fight hunger
and provide approximately 1.6 million meals to residents in need. The yearly contribution
to St. Mary’s Food Bank has become a tradition for PCL’s Water Infrastructure
Group, which donates $5,000 to $10,000 to the organization every fall.
This relationship isn’t based solely on monetary donations,
but also on the hard work of PCL employees who dedicate their free time each
year. Take for example Manny Valdivia, human resources manager, who became
involved with St. Mary’s shortly after joining PCL in 2006. He states he
continues to support the organization because they make it easy to see the
results of volunteers’ labor. “So, we work hard, have fun while we are doing it,
and see the resulting pallets of food that will go out to our community, to our
neighbors,” says Manny. In fact, Manny isn’t alone in his commitment to
bettering his community; colleagues lend construction expertise to
renovate St. Mary’s volunteer center, ensuring the organization can continue to
house volunteers, an integral part of stomping out hunger in Arizona.
“There is no way St. Mary’s can provide 250,000 meals for
the hungry of Arizona each day without the great support of companies like PCL
Construction,” said St. Mary’s Director of Public Relations Jerry Brown. “PCL
has been a great partner to the Food Bank, both with their volunteer efforts
and especially around the holidays when they have assured tens of thousands of
Arizona families were able to receive turkeys and holiday meals for
Thanksgiving. St. Mary’s is so appreciative of everyone in the PCL family who
have given their time and resources to make a better day for others.”
Feeding America estimates 42 million people struggle
with hunger in the United States. Across the US, PCL Construction is committed
to fighting to end hunger in 2017, with 11 offices donating $5,000 to local
food banks. Since 2009, PCL Construction’s US operating locations have provided
over $1 million worth of meals to local food banks across the country as part
of our commitment to building strong communities.
“We are fortunate to work for a great company, but
others aren’t as fortunate and we should lend a hand when we can,” says Manny.
Indeed, a great perspective to live by.