Sundt Thirst Aid Drive Donates Nearly 195,000 Bottles of Water for Phoenix Homeless
TEMPE (May 19, 2017) – As triple-digit temperatures become more frequent in the Valley, heat-related illnesses and deaths become a concern, especially among the homeless. The annual Sundt Thirst-Aid Drive on Friday donated nearly 195,000 bottles of water to benefit St. Joseph the Worker and its partner agencies who assist Greater Phoenix’s underserved population.
Sundt employee-owners loaded pallets of water onto a semi-truck, donated by Sunstate Equipment, at the company’s headquarters in Tempe, then delivered it to St. Joseph the Worker this morning, where they were greeted with cheers from St. Joseph employees and volunteers.
The Sundt Foundation founded the event and sponsors it each year, encouraging employees and partners in the construction community to donate cases of bottled water and funds. Since 2010, donors to Thirst-Aid have contributed more than a million bottles of water.
“I’m always so impressed by the generosity of the Sundt employees, our subcontractors, suppliers and vendors,” said Lisa White, Thirst-Aid organizer and a Sundt employee-owner. “A bottle of water seems small, yet the relief it can provide to a homeless individual is huge. It’s great to see how our community can come together to help those who are less fortunate.”
St. Joseph the Worker and its partner agencies will distribute close to 4,000 bottles of water each day during the summer.
About The Sundt Foundation
The Sundt Foundation was established in 1999 by Sundt Construction, Inc. as a way for its employee-owners to give back to the communities in which they live and work. The organization is funded primarily by contributions from Sundt employees, which are matched by the company. To date, the Foundation has awarded more than $7.7 million in donations. Nonprofit organizations interested in applying for a grant may call (855) 714-4365 or visit http://www.sundt.com/community-industry/sundt-foundation/ for more information. Sundt has offices in Tempe and Tucson, Arizona; San Diego, Irvine, Sacramento and San José, California; and San Antonio, Fort Worth and El Paso, Texas.
Sundt Construction, Inc. (www.sundt.com) is one of the country’s largest and most respected general contractors. The 127-year-old firm specializes in transportation, industrial and building work and is known for its commitment to quality and innovative approach to construction services. Sundt has offices throughout Arizona, Texas, California and Utah and is 100 percent owned by its approximately 2,000 employees. The company is consistently ranked among the Best Places to Work by business publications in multiple cities and in 2016 it was named the nation’s safest construction company by the Associated General Contractors of America for the second time in a decade – an honor no other contractor can claim. Sundt’s charitable arm, the Sundt Foundation, recently crossed the $7.7 million mark in donations made to hundreds of nonprofit organizations across the country.