The Spirit of Giving

Since opening its doors in 1989, PCL’s Water Infr​astructure 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
$5,000 donation. ​

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.​​​

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