Fall, the time of year when the sun sets sooner, the leaves start to change color and drop from their trees, and the weather becomes much cooler. Fall is also the time of harvest, Thanksgiving, and the start of the holiday season. Fall brings more than seasonal changes, though, it launches our annual Fall Giving […]

Swinerton Foundation donates to American Red Cross during COVID19

The Swinerton Foundation is partnering with long-standing national partner the American Red Cross to donate $63,000 for the nonprofit’s efforts on the front lines of the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.  To support the American Red Cross’s mission to ensure there is a sufficient supply of blood to help patients in need and so that they may continue to provide critical relief services to people affected by disasters, the Foundation is donating $50,000 toward disaster relief and $13,000 for blood services.

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The Swinerton Foundation announced a $170,000 commitment on March 26 to support food banks on the front lines responding to COVID-19. The money will be distributed in a series of $10,000 grants to community food banks in 17 cities across the United States.

The organizations, though different, share an overarching goal: providing access to food for undeserved populations – a mission taking on even greater urgency in response to the novel coronavirus.

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Already this year, nearly 5,000 wildfires have scorched almost 1,500 square miles across the state, an area about the size of Rhode Island. The Ranch Fire in Mendocino, now the largest in California history, has destroyed 282,479 acres alone. The fires have taken almost a dozen lives and hundreds of homes and businesses. Even residents outside of the area are feeling the effects with smoke and carbon monoxide drifting all the way to the East Coast. By some estimates, the state is facing $17 billion in fire damages.

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The Swinerton Foundation has been a dedicated partner to Little Bit Therapeutic Riding Center for many years, supporting its mission to improve the bodies, minds, and spirits of children and adults with disabilities through equine-assisted therapies and activities. On September 23, 35 Swinerton volunteers teamed up with Salesforce and Ski’s Painting to provide much-needed repair work to Little Bit in Redmond, Washington.

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San Diego volunteers have been participating in the American Heart Association’s Heart Walk for many years, but this year topped the rest! The team not only reached their goal to raise $50,000 for the organization, they surpassed it—making them the #2 fundraising company in San Diego and on the top 15 fundraising walker list in a ten state region. Ninety-four supporters came out in full force on September 16 in support of building healthier lives free of cardiovascular disease and stroke.

A supporter of the American Heart Association for many years, The Swinerton Foundation was able to donate $15,000 to the organization this year.

In Orange County and Los Angeles, dozens of volunteers lent a hand for Community Service Program (CSP) on September 30 to provide repairs to the Huntington Beach Youth Shelter. Volunteers arrived that day ready to get their hands dirty for a good cause—painting, fixing plumbing, organizing, cleaning, trimming trees, making repairs, and power washing for five hours. It was a day full of hard, but rewarding work, knowing that the repairs would improve the lives of children and teens in the local area.

Thank you to everyone in SoCal for donating your Saturday to such incredible causes!

Swinerton volunteers in South San Francisco formed a partnership with Samaritan House San Mateo last year during the Fall Giving Challenge. This year, the group asked The Swinerton Foundation to donate $2,500 to the organization to support their children’s clothing program and their capital improvement project for their Redwood City location. On June 2, volunteers arrived at Samaritan House to spruce up the lobby with a fresh coat of paint. The facilities manager was thrilled to have the help! The organization was so thankful for the support that they even wrote a short article about Swinerton’s service. Read it here.

In Our Communities April was a busy month for Swinerton volunteers who participated in Rebuilding Together and Habitat for Humanity projects nationwide as part of The Swinerton Foundation’s Community Building Program. The Program matches volunteers with local non-profits who provide assistance to community members in desperate need of home repairs. Through the Community Building Program, The Swinerton […]

April may have been one of the rainiest months on record for Portland, but it didn’t put a damper on our volunteers’ efforts!

Several Swinerton volunteers kicked off the month of April by volunteering at New Avenues for Youth’s 7th annual Scoop-A-Thon on Tuesday, April 4. The Scoop-A-Thon happens once a year on Ben & Jerry’s National Free Cone Day at New Avenues’ two PartnerShop locations.

As an event sponsor, volunteers got to get behind the counter and scoop ice cream for an hour with New Avenues’ employed youth. This year’s goal was to raise $50,000 for job-training programs through donations and sponsorships. With The Swinerton Foundation’s help, New Avenues nearly hit their goal, raising $49,152.

New Avenues for Youth takes a complete approach to addressing youth homelessness and its root causes, delivering support and resources that enable foster, at-risk, and homeless youth aged 14-24 to overcome their barriers and realize their potential.

Thank you to the Portland team who volunteered their time for this worthy cause!

The Swinerton Foundation, along with Swinerton employees in Sacramento, kicked off a fundraising campaign for a cause close to their hearts with a fun St. Patrick’s day lunch at the office.

The lunch signals the start of eight weeks of fundraising for the Angelman Syndrome Foundation (ASF), a cause that came to the attention of the office after Elizabeth Miller, the daughter of Swinerton Senior Project Engineer Jason Miller and his wife Carly, was recently diagnosed with Angelman Syndrome, a genetic disorder that affects one in every 12,000 to 20,000 people.

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