September 20, 2012
August 29, 2012
Volunteers from Sundt’s Information Technology (IT) Department get together twice a year to prepare a meal at the Ronald McDonald House in Phoenix. The meals serve approximately 60 family members of critically ill children who are hospitalized throughout the Phoenix area.
Sundt’s dedication to community improvement has been recognized with one of the top honors a private company can receive in Arizona: the Phoenix Business Journal’s Community Impact Award. It is one of just four awards handed out each year as part of the publication’s Arizona Corporate Excellence (ACE) program.
Sundt was selected for the 2012 Community Impact Award because of its outstanding efforts to improve the areas where employees live and work. Most of that support is channeled through the Sundt Foundation, which has donated more than $5 million and thousands of volunteer hours to hundreds of charities since it was created in 1999. The Foundation is funded primarily by donations from employees that are then matched dollar-for-dollar by the company. Most grants are awarded to nonprofit organizations that benefit disadvantaged children and adults.
“Simply put, we say, ‘Our people make the difference,’ and that difference is not confined to the buildings we construct,” says Sundt’s Chief Administrative Officer Richard Condit. “It also applies to the communities we build through acts of service and financial support.”
The Phoenix Business Journal also ranks Arizona’s largest private companies by revenue each year. Sundt appeared number eight out of 50 on this year’s list. The company has consistently appeared in the ACE ranking since it was established approximately 20 years ago.
August 24, 2012
Sundt employees and volunteers from Hope for Hunger stand in front of the truck that Sundt donated to the organization.
Most of the time, the requests received by the Sundt Foundation are for grant money. But occasionally, a request comes in that makes us wonder, “Could this need be met in a different, perhaps more creative, way?” That’s what happened recently when Hope for Hunger, a nonprofit food bank in Glendale, Ariz., asked for $10,000 to purchase a used truck for transporting donated food.
“Hope for Hunger provides a great service, so we wanted to help them out,” said Andrew Apostolik, a Sundt area manager and Foundation member. “We decided to try to fill their need creatively, without writing a check, by looking through Sundt’s fleet of vehicles to see if there was something there they could use.”
Sundt’s Equipment Services Department came up with two trucks that were about to be taken out of rotation because they were no longer serviceable. Neither truck was quite what Hope for Hunger needed, so our employees took parts from each and created the perfect solution: a ¾-ton flatbed truck with a lift gate. Thanks to a little elbow grease and determination, it runs well and is in good overall condition.
Hope for Hunger received its “new” truck last week and is already putting it to good use. To Sundt, it was a nearly worthless assortment of parts. To the people in Glendale who rely on Hope for Hunger to feed their families, a little creativity turned out to be priceless.
July 27, 2012
The Emilio Nares Foundation in San Diego received a $2,500 grant for its "Ride With Emilio" program, which helps low-income children with cancer get access to treatment.
The economy may be down, but giving is up this quarter at The Sundt Foundation. It awarded more than $158,000 in grants to approximately 50 non-profit organizations in its most recent round of grant-giving. That’s up approximately 10 percent over what was given in the previous quarter.
The Foundation’s board of directors approved the grants, which were recommended by local grant review committees made up of Sundt employees. Approximately 100 non-profits applied for grants this quarter. Most of them serve disadvantaged children and families.
The photo on the right shows a check for $2,500 being given to a representative of the Emilio Nares Foundation in San Diego. The funds will support the organization’s “Ride with Emilio” program, which ensures that low-income children with cancer are able to access treatment in accordance with their treatment plan. The goal of the program is to increase survivorship, improve quality of life, and decrease hospital expenses stemming from inadequate treatment.
The Sundt Foundation raises money primarily through contributions from Sundt employees, which are then matched dollar-for-dollar by the company. Since its inception in 1999 the Foundation has made grants totaling more than $5 million to hundreds of worthy organizations. Most grants are awarded in communities where Sundt has an established office. Employees can also direct their donations to charitable organizations that benefit members of the military and their families.
July 5, 2012
Pediatric patients participating in a free health education class at El Rio
Southern Arizona children with asthma are breathing a little easier thanks to a $10,000 Sundt Foundation grant to the El Rio Health Center Foundation in Tucson. The non-profit organization raises awareness and funds for the El Rio Community Health Center, which serves 900 people per day, more than three quarters of whom live at or below the federal poverty level.
The health center used the funds to purchase equipment for its Children’s Asthma Intervention Program, which is provided free to participating families. The equipment included nebulizers, peak flow meters, spacers and pillow/mattress covers. El Rio has reported a marked increase in children participating in the program. Its goal – to aid 100 asthmatic children ages 3-18 in one calendar year – was recently surpassed when 127 children were cared for in a ten-month period.
“We are so very thankful for the ongoing support of the Sundt Foundation,” said Rachel Rivera, El Rio’s major gifts officer. “The $10,000 special grant was a joyful surprise. It will give El Rio three full years of funding.”
The Sundt Foundation raises money primarily through contributions from Sundt employees, which are then matched dollar-for-dollar by the company. Since its inception in 1999 the Foundation has made grants totaling more than $5 million to hundreds of worthy organizations. Most grants are awarded in communities where Sundt has an established office, or to charitable organizations associated with military installations where the company has a construction project underway. The special grant to El Rio was financed by the sale of several pieces of western artwork that were formerly displayed in Sundt’s Tucson office.
The dedication event for the new Fun Center included a cake thanking the Sundt Foundation for its contribution.
The Sundt Foundation is helping bring smiles to the faces of hundreds of Phoenix-area children with chronic or life-threatening medical conditions. That’s because the Foundation recently awarded a $4,250-grant to the Starlight Children’s Foundation to help the organization build a new Fun Center at Banner Thunderbird Children’s Center in Phoenix, Ariz.
Fun Centers are mobile entertainment units that are placed at the bedsides of hospitalized children (ages 3-18) to provide fun and distraction from medical treatments, procedures, and pain. Fun Centers contain a flat-screen television, DVD player and a Nintendo Wii gaming system. Fun Centers have been hailed by hospital staff as lifesavers during long waiting periods in emergency rooms, outpatient clinics and other isolating environments, calming and occupying the children and thus easing staff and parental concerns. Fun Centers not only ameliorate isolation and provide distractive entertainment for hospitalized children, but also accommodate hospitals’ needs for mobility, storability, infection control, and security.
“We can’t thank Sundt enough for gifting a Fun Center for Banner Thunderbird’s Children Center,” said Rebecca Arvizu, Starlight’s Community Coordinator. Starlight is a national nonprofit organization, founded in 1983, that helps seriously ill children and their families cope with their pain, fear and isolation through entertainment, education and family activities.
The Sundt Foundation raises money primarily through contributions from Sundt employees, which are then matched dollar-for-dollar by the company. Since its inception in 1999 the Foundation has made grants totaling more than $5 million to hundreds of worthy organizations. Most grants are awarded in communities where Sundt has an established office, or to charitable organizations associated with military installations where the company has a construction project underway.