September 28, 2017
July 11, 2017
One of the many benefits available to Sundt employee-owners is the ability to help people in communities where we do business through the Sundt Foundation. Operations Administrative Coordinator Lisa White has taken full advantage of those opportunities since the day she started almost 11 years ago.
Lisa started giving back on her first project with the company, transportation work in Apache Junction, Arizona. Her team started a “Pack with Pride” program that provided children duffle bags with their names embroidered on them. Each bag contained a pillow, lap quilt and stuffed animal for the kids to use as they navigated through the foster care system.
Operations Administrative Coordinator Lisa White is a key member of Sundt’s Thirst-Aid team that supplies bottled water for the homeless in Phoenix.
“Being able to work for a company that recognizes the need to be present in the communities where we work gives us all the opportunity to give back,” Lisa said.
Building on that experience, Lisa and a few volunteers started the company’s Thirst-Aid initiative, which provides water to the less fortunate in Phoenix. She got the idea after volunteering at Andre House of Hospitality, a ministry in Downtown Phoenix that provides meals, water, clothing, laundry service, showers and blankets to the homeless.
“I know something we take for granted could be a life or death situation for the less fortunate in our community,” Lisa said. “Most of us are not aware of the needs in our community because we all lead busy lives, and until someone raises awareness these basic needs go unnoticed.”
Lisa and her team started Thirst Aid in 2010 with the hope of collecting 2,880 bottles. The initial drive ended up collecting nearly 50,000 from our company and industry partners, and the campaign passed a million total bottles last year.
“I see myself as the messenger and from there the word spreads so much that our subcontractors, vendors and suppliers all want to contribute,” Lisa said.
Participating in Sundt Foundation activities came naturally to Lisa. Giving back has been an important part of her life.
“Attending parochial schools, community service was one of our core missions,” she said. “If there was a need in our community, we came together as team to help. These values stick with you because the rewards are endless.”
The Sundt Foundation has made almost $8 million in grants to non-profits since it formed in 1999. Our employee-owners have also put in countless volunteer hours in the communities where we work. For more information about a career with Sundt, please visit http://www.sundt.com/careers.
June 5, 2017
Jennifer has undergone two double-lung transplants while living at the Ronald McDonald House in Tucson.
Jennifer is 19 and was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis at 6 months old. Her condition, a life-threatening disorder that damages the lungs and digestive system, has caused her to undergo two double-lung transplants.
“She was doing better and hoping to start college but her lungs failed again,” Ronald McDonald House Tucson Chapter President & CEO Kate Jensen said of what brought about Jennifer’s second transplant.
Thanks to support from organizations such as the Sundt Foundation, which made a $2,500 grant to the Ronald McDonald House last year, Jennifer’s situation is getting better. The House used some of the money to help Jennifer’s father, who was driving back and forth to Tucson from the family home in Yuma, fix the air conditioning in his car.
Jennifer’s mother has been staying at the Ronald McDonald House with her daughter. Since officials at the Tucson Ronald McDonald House started keeping records in 2006, Jennifer has stayed there for 639 nights. Her longest stretch was 151 nights.
“She has literally grown up here,” Kate said.
The Ronald McDonald House also used the grant from Sundt to help a family after a bad car accident. Their car was totaled on a planned trip from California to Texas, their sons were taken to Banner-Diamond Children’s Medical Center and the mother and father hitched a ride to Tucson from someone they had never met.
Once they arrived in Tucson, they had little more than the clothing on their backs.
“We keep supplies of toothbrushes, soap and shampoo,” Kate said. “We used some of the money to help them buy clothes. Having that emergency fund available helps us meet families’ needs in ways we normally couldn’t.”
More of the Sundt Foundation grant was used to assist a high-school senior from Douglas, Arizona who had a premature baby. While the baby was hospitalized, the young woman stayed at the Ronald McDonald House to finish her senior year at Douglas High School. She was even asked to be the inspirational speaker at graduation this spring.
“We used the emergency fund to buy her a new dress for graduation,” Kate said.
Ronald McDonald House Charities provides resources and care to children and their families being served by leading hospitals worldwide. The Sundt Foundation is funded by employee-owner contributions that are matched by the company. Its mission is to assist underserved children and adults in the places we do business. Since it was formed in 1999, the foundation has made almost $8 million in grants.
May 19, 2017
Longest drive with a short driver is one of the activities at our Mike Gaines events.
Sundt’s commitment to raising research money and awareness about ALS continues Friday with our Mike Gaines golf tournament at the Riverwalk Golf Club in San Diego.
Our company and industry partners support the fight against ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease, by holding five golf tournaments and a trap-shooting event at locations across the Southwest. They honor the memory of Mike Gaines, a longtime Sundt employee-owner who died in 2002 from ALS complications. The events, which started with a golf tournament in Tucson in 2001, have raised more than $1.9 million.
There are still a few spots available for the San Diego event. Check here for more information. After San Diego, the next golf tournament is Oct. 27 in San Antonio.
May 16, 2017
Sundt employee-owners get ready to send a truckload of water to St. Joseph the Worker to help Phoenix’s homeless.
Sundt employee-owners and industry partners on Friday donated 194,667 bottles of water to assist the Phoenix-area’s homeless during our annual Thirst-Aid drive.
The water was given to St. Joseph the Worker, a non-profit that has aided the homeless and underserved population for 28 years in Greater Phoenix. St. Joseph partners with the Human Services Campus, a collaboration of 12 homeless service providers, to distribute the water.
Many homeless and disadvantaged people suffer from thirst, heat-related illness and death when temperatures soar in the summer months. Temperatures in Phoenix have already passed 100 degrees this spring.
“Every year, we raise more and more awareness, letting people know there’s a need out there,” said Lisa White, a Sundt employee-owner who organizes the drive.
We organized the first Thirst Aid in 2010 with the hope of collecting 2,880 bottles. The drive ended up collecting nearly 50,000 bottles. The campaign passed a million total bottles last year.
Anyone interested in contributing may still visit St. Joseph the Worker’s website to make a donation.
Our company is honored to organize Thirst Aid, one of many Sundt Foundation activities that improve the communities where we live and do business.
Since forming in 1991, CASA Sacramento has recruited, trained, supported and supervised 1,079 volunteer advocates.
There are nearly 3,000 youth in foster care in Sacramento County, the largest number in Northern California. County social workers and children’s attorneys carry massive caseloads, allowing them to spend only a few hours every six months with a youth, often leading to the community’s most at-risk kids receiving inadequate services.
That’s where Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) Sacramento steps in. Through a unique partnership, the juvenile court looks to CASA to provide additional services to youth who need it most. CASA does this through volunteers who work one-on-one with children by serving as mentors and court-appointed special advocates, a legal status which allows them to speak on their youth’s behalf in juvenile court.
“No experience is necessary to become a CASA,” said CASA Development Director Elizabeth Morabito. “We recruit and train everyday community members to be a voice for Sacramento’s most at-risk foster youth. Although we ask our CASAs for an 18-month commitment, the average is nearly three years and many voluntarily maintain a relationship with their youth for life.”
In 2016, CASAs contributed 15,000 hours of service to 264 youth and improved lives in countless ways, including:
• attending special education meetings to help their youth advance to the next grade level or graduate;
• empowering girls to recognize the dangers of and resist the pull of sex trafficking;
• preparing older youth for independent living so they succeed as adults instead of becoming homeless, jobless, addicted or incarcerated.
Since forming in 1991, CASA Sacramento has recruited, trained, supported and supervised 1,079 volunteer advocates who have provided more than 150,000 service hours to 2,361 youth in foster care. As the only Sacramento County volunteer organization empowering everyday citizens to become appointed members of the juvenile court, CASA leverages volunteer contributions of time and effort into expanded services for local foster youth.
A $2,500 grant from the Sundt Foundation helped enhance monthly training opportunities for CASA volunteers, ensuring the best possible outcomes for the foster youth the organization serves.
“With only 30 percent of our funding coming from the government, CASA Sacramento depends on private dollars to thrive,” Elizabeth said. ”The private sector has helped us fulfill our mission for the past 25 years.”
April 11: Project Healing Waters
April 18: Restore Education
April 25: Reynolds Home
May 2: Emerge! Center Against Domestic Abuse
May 9: Canine Companions for Independence