Founded in 1902, Turner Construction has much to be proud of. Over the years, it’s amassed a network of offices in North America and around the globe; it boasts 5,200 employees who work on more than 1,200 projects each year; and with $9 billion in annual construction volume, it consistently ranks as one of the leading companies within its industry.
But it’s Turner Construction’s equally long history of community involvement and outreach that they are most excited to discuss.
Building More Than Business; Building Hope
Winter Kilgore is the Contracts Administrator for Turner Construction Company’s Carolinas Business Unit in Raleigh. She is also in charge of facilitating volunteerism and community outreach for Turner Construction’s Raleigh branch. When asked about the company’s initial involvement in volunteering, Kilgore explains:
Turner has a long history of community involvement and outreach. We participate in and sponsor a variety of programs at the local level, from Habitat for Humanity projects to annual canned food drives for the Salvation Army; and we continue to support and develop national initiatives such as YouthForce 2020 and the ACE Mentor program.
Additionally, for the last two years, the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) have recognized Turner [Construction] as a leader in community service, selecting the company as the recipient of their AGC in the Community Award.
We believe that it is important to engage ourselves in the communities we not only help build, but live in, as well.
In fact, in just the past 12 months or so, Turner Construction has volunteered with the following organizations:
- Toys for Tots
- The Caring House at Duke Hospital
- UNC Children’s Hospital
- The Boys and Girls Serving Wake County
- The Ronald McDonald House of Durham
- The FoodBank of Eastern NC
- Habitat for Humanity of Durham
- Urban Ministries “Stock the Pantry”
- The Salvation Army
- Duke Children’s Hospital
- The City of Raleigh Parks and Rec Ground Beautification at Fred Fletcher Park
- Me Fine Foundation’s Hope for the Holidays Program
- Hunter Magnet Elementary School
So, just how does a company, like Turner Construction, make the time to volunteer? Kilgore reveals that Turner Construction reserves time every other month. They then set a goal of spending an afternoon, participating in a service project in or around the Raleigh community.
As if that wasn’t enough, Turner Construction shuts down their Raleigh and Charlotte offices for two days each year in order to participate in their “Paint the Town Blue” initiative. “Paint the Town Blue” is an initiative originally launched by Turner Construction, where the company volunteers its time and efforts at a variety of places within the community.
Hunter Magnet Elementary School & Fred Fletcher Park
Having heard of Activate Good through another service organization that she is involved with, Kilgore reached out to Activate Good to get some “fresh ideas” for the 2013 Turner “Paint the Town Blue” initiative. Activate Good connected Turner Construction to the head of the PTA at Hunter Elementary.
After a positive meeting, Turner Construction walked the school’s site with the PTA leader so as to better assess the school’s needs as well as see what could be accomplished within the company’s “Paint the Town Blue” two-day time frame.
In the end, Turner Construction employees volunteered at Hunter Magnet Elementary School and Fred Fletcher Park:
At Hunter Elementary, we painted the principal’s office, as well as the main office for check-in/check-out, updated the staff bathroom with a fresh coat of paint and the hallway to the main entrance into the school.
We also built a fence near around their outside dumpsters that potentially could have caused safety issues with foot traffic and the steep ground nearby. We enjoyed this so much, that we will be going back in the next couple of months to tackle a few more projects. At Fred Fletcher Park, we planted several trees, bulbs and shrubbery around existing common areas.
A fresh coat of paint can go a long way…
When asked about one of the more memorable moments she had while volunteering, Kilgore recounted the following:
A fresh coat of paint can go a long way with building aesthetics and can contribute to an overall sense of pride of where you work. These students and teachers spend more time at their school than they do home, so it’s nice to help with building improvements that make coming to work/school a little nicer each day.
Often times, many of us fail to realize the inherent potential that we have to make a difference in the lives of others, simply by donating a small amount of our time and/or skills towards local causes. To Kilgore, volunteering plays a significant role:
I think it is beyond important to give back to the community we live and work in each day. Taking time to volunteer not only makes you feel good; [it] provides [an] amazing sense of self-satisfaction and accomplishment in knowing you are helping others in need.
Finally, when asked to sum up volunteering in one word, Kilgore exclaimed,
REWARDING!! It’s an awesome feeling knowing how happy we have made others by taking time out of our own busy lives to do something (big or small) that really improves the quality of life for others.
About Turner Construction Company:
Turner Construction Company offers a full range of pre-construction and construction services, working within a variety of market segments including: Healthcare, Education, Commercial, Retail, Industrial/Manufacturing, Entertainment/Recreation, Sports, Religion, and Public Assembly.