TUCSON, Arizona. (Dec. 22 2016) – A $2,500 grant from Sundt Construction, Inc. (www.sundt.com) to the El Rio Health Center Foundation will provide children in poverty access to high-quality early vision screenings. El Rio was one of 11 local nonprofits chosen by Sundt employees to receive grants totaling $21,500 this quarter.
The grant for the El Rio Health Center Foundation will support its Gift of Sight program, which provides vision screening services to children living below the federal poverty line in Tucson.
“A big thanks to Sundt Foundation from me,” said Dr. Andrew Arthur, Head of El Rio Pediatrics. “I have seen several children recently under three years old who have been found to have severe astigmatism that required glasses. The automated vision screening is already making a direct positive impact on the lives of our children.”
Nonprofits are selected through an application process and reviewed by a committee of Sundt employees. The following nonprofits also received grants.
$2,500 Grant Recipients
American Gold Star Mothers, Inc. is an organization of mothers who have lost a son or daughter in active duty service. The grant supported the local Wreaths Across America effort, where evergreen wreaths are laid on veterans’ graves in December.
The Marshall Home for Men provides a safe and home-like atmosphere for elderly men with limited means, providing care and assistance to those who need extra help.
Ronald McDonald House Charities of Southern Arizona, Inc. offers no-cost lodging for families who are far from home with a hospitalized child. Ronald McDonald House provides them with private rooms for as long as needed, home-cooked meals, a kid-friendly atmosphere and transportation to the hospital.
$2,000 Grant Recipients
The Assistance League of Tucson, Inc. is a volunteer organization that supports a variety of philanthropic programs for the Tucson community including Operation School Bell, providing disadvantaged children with school clothing; Teddy Bear Program, giving child-safe teddy bears to children in emotional or physical crisis and Starting Over Supplies, kits of basic housekeeping supplies and other items necessary to help individuals or families leaving shelters or abusive home situations.
Turn Your Life Around Counseling and Recovery Center is a nonprofit support center for victims of homelessness, poverty, addiction, incarceration and abusive relationships.
$1,500 Grant Recipients
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tucson empowers children toward achievement through a supportive one-to-one mentoring relationship.
Helping Hands for Single Moms Tucson assists impoverished single moms who are pursuing a college education and financial independence.
Our Family Services, Inc. provides shelter and support to homeless children, youth and families.
The mission of Project Linus is to provide seriously ill or traumatized children with a sense of love, security and warmth through handmade blankets and afghans.
American Indian Youth Wellness Camp is hosted annually near Prescott to assist Arizona’s Indian youth who are at risk or have been diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes. This one-week residential camp teaches healthy eating habits and ways to make exercise a fun and consistent habit in the context of American Indian culture.
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 $7.2 million in grants. Nonprofit organizations interested in applying for a grant may call (855) 714-4365 or visit https://www.sundt.com/community-industry/sundt-foundation/ for more information. Sundt has offices in San Antonio, Fort Worth and El Paso, Texas; Sacramento, San Diego, Irvine and San José, California; Tempe and Tucson, Arizona and Salt Lake City, Utah.
Sundt Construction, Inc. (www.sundt.com) is one of the country’s largest and most respected general contractors. The 126-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 10 offices throughout Arizona, California, Texas and Utah and is 100 percent owned by its approximately 1,600 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.