AGC Georgia Community Service Projects
Many AGC Georgia member firms and their employees give back to the community and industry through their own corporate giving programs and volunteer efforts. In addition, many members, especially those involved in the Chapter’s Young Leadership Program (YLP), step up to support Chapter activities designed to give back to the community and worthy recipient families and charitable groups.
Highlights of a few recent community service projects AGC Georgia and its membership have proudly undertaken to better the lives of those who live in our community:
- In 2017, YLP committed to helping
the Baker family, whose son Bo suffered from Aicardi-Goutieres
syndrome (AGS), an inherited encephalopathy that results in severe
mental and physical handicap with no known cure. While there are
only around 400 known cases of AGS in the world, Bo’s specific
gene mutation is the only one of this kind that has been identified.
The family required financial support to travel to Washington,
D.C., seven times over a year so that Bo could undergo medical
trials and treatments for his symptoms. YLP approved $20,000 to cover both travel costs and handicap
accessibility construction for the Baker home. The leadership
program took nearly ten months to carefully plan the Baker home
renovation, and after two months of construction, Bo moved into
his new “Bo Suite.” The contributions for the flights and the house
renovation will have a lasting impact on the family. The young
leaders sought out the Bakers and demonstrated a commitment
to the community by offering their assistance, despite two other
ongoing charitable projects. Nearly 20 young leaders in the industry
unanimously approved not only the financial support for this
endeavor but the resources and hard work to see it through. AGC Georgia won a 2018 AGC in the Community Award for this project.
- In August of 2015, YLP completed a renovation project at the Georgia Center for Child Advocacy (GCCA). During the project, YLP worked with crews to increase the size of an interview room, add walls to the deck with acoustical sealant for soundproofing, re-wrap fabric panels, paint, place new floor and baseboards and provide new furniture and light fixtures. These improvements directly impact the quality of video recordings the center must capture when interviewing victims. They also help improve the victim's experience by offering surroundings that feel warmer and more secure. The project could not have been completed without the help of our members: Specialty Finishes, Reliance Interiors, Penco Electrical Contractors, Inc., Centure Fire Protection, Allstate Waste, Inc., Premier Contract Carpet, and Levino Jones. AGC Georgia won a 2016 AGC in the Community Award for this project.
- In 2014, AGC Georgia's Young Leadership Program completed the construction on a therapy room and new deck at Emily Bowman's home. Emily was struck by a drunk driver while walking on a sidewalk in Athens, GA and suffered devastating injuries. With the help of members: Allstate Waste, Inc, Goodman, Penco Electrical Contractors, Inc., Tebarco Mechanical Corporation, West Georgia Roofing II, Inc., as well as Crosby Design Group, Midway Building Supply, Southeastern Insulation, Mosteller Construction, and Adam McCollum of Collins and Arnold Construction Co., LLC, the project was a huge success. Thanks to the proceeds from the YLP's annual Golf and Tennis Classic, we were able to fund the more than $25,000 project. AGC Georgia won a 2015 AGC in the Community Award for our efforts.
- AGC Georgia’s Young Leadership Program participants responded to the Halstead’s family need to ready their home in Jefferson to accommodate their child with severe brain damage. The group helped build a wheelchair-accessible deck and front entrance ramp.
- AGC Georgia members, YLP members and Chapter staff teamed up to support military families and veterans on several projects. One of these projects involved renovating the home of Kevin and Jennifer Burkholder in McDonough where the Chapter raised $25,000 and completely renovated the family’s kitchen giving Jennifer who is wheel chair bound, a much needed functional space. Forty firms came together to provide money, in-kind donations, and/or labor to complete this project. AGC Georgia won AGC of America's 2011 AGC in the Community Award on this project.
For members interested in getting involved with AGC Georgia’s community service efforts and charitable giving opportunities, contact Machell Harper at firstname.lastname@example.org
or call 678.298.4108.