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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In 2016, The Swinerton Foundation partnered with Oakland Unified School District (OUSD)’s Career Technical Trades and Apprenticeships department to develop a construction club at Oakland High School as part of our Adopt-a-School program. The program aims to improve vocational education in underserved schools and encourage youth to pursue careers in construction.

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The Swinerton Foundation recently rallied together with Swinerton Sacramento and local subcontractors to raise $28,000 in support of Make-A-Wish® Northeastern California and Northern Nevada. Thanks to the tremendous efforts of Swinerton team members, the contributions will help grant the aspirations of local wish children and families.

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Held at Ruby Hill Golf Club in Pleasanton, California, the 2015 NorCal Swinvitational was a major success! With golf balls, drivers, and putters in hand, this year 150 participants from over 50 different companies took to the green, determined to swing their way into the first place spot. In addition to the 19-hole tournament, a Bocce ball game was held for participants as well.

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Ten brave Swinerton employees from Orange County and Los Angeles recently set out to face their greatest challenge yet—a 75-story stair climb to the top of the US Bank Tower in downtown Los Angeles. Conquering each floor step-by-step (1,679 per floor), each climber gratifyingly made it to the top of the tower.

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Congratulations to the Swinerton Seattle team for winning this year’s annual Fall Giving Challenge!

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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 Challenge.

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In honor of Leap’s 31st Annual Sandcastle Contest, Swinerton employees, volunteers, and community members took to San Francisco’s beautiful Ocean Beach to participate in the largest sandcastle competition in the state. Held each October, Leap’s largest fundraiser pairs architects, designers, engineers, and general contractors with elementary schools for a day of friendly competitive sandcastle building.

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On December 18, volunteers celebrated the holidays at the 28th Annual Christmas Party of Parents of Watts, a community organization that provides a wide range of resources to local families. With a special focus on third-grade children and those with special needs, the party was held for 350 children who live and attend school in the Watts community in South-Central Los Angeles, which is surrounded by five housing projects. Parents of Watts is one of many Parent Training and Information Centers funded by the US Department of Education under the Individuals with Disabilities Act. The organization provides programs to improve the lives of families of children with disabilities by connecting families to needed support services and working to improve educational outcomes.

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