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May 19, 2023
DPR Construction leverages strategic skills-based volunteering to create a lasting impact in communities around the Puget Sound. DPR’s philanthropic vision is “Building possibilities for the under-resourced.” It does this through supporting organizations that serve individuals in the local communities who face economic challenges and/or a lack of resources.
DPR implements its vision through employee-led volunteer initiatives that harness the strength of their professional skills to help nonprofit partners move forward in their missions. DPR’s goal is to provide the organizations it supports with resources and tools to help them achieve longterm success. DPR listens to and collaborates with its community partners to identify how it can help them through its Three Pillars of skills-based volunteering:
• Pillar 1 facility construction and renovation. DPR makes facilities improvements that enable community organizations to maximize their impact.
• Pillar 2 career and education guidance for youth. DPR creates and delivers construction education and career programs for under-resourced youth.
• Pillar 3 operational support for nonprofit partners. DPR builds relationships with community organizations and helps strengthen their operational capacity.
As COVID-19 restrictions were relaxed, DPR volunteers were ready to start making a difference. Organized by the pillars, DPR’s community initiative outcomes include:
• Collaborating with Rebuilding Together to make facility improvements at the senior center in Ballard. Activities included painting the common room and installing a new rubber base, repairing drywall and ceiling tiles, completely rebuilding the ADA accessibility ramp and deck, exterior landscaping, and general safety enhancements.
• With Sawhorse Revolution, DPR craft labor supported projects around the facility including building tiny homes and completing the Spotlight for the Deaf community space. DPR’s team also helped prepare groundwork to expand Estelita’s Library, a depository focused on social justice literature.
• At Mary’s Place, the DPR team completed various maintenance projects including landscape cleanup and the installation of a new fence protecting the playground area.
• DPR provided $150,000 of in-kind facility construction and renovation work.
• Active supporters of the ACE Mentorship program, DPR’s team hosted ACE students in the company office, and three employees participated as mentors across the greater Puget Sound.
• DPR supported YouthBuild with training for students covering OSHA 10, CPR/first aid, enneagrams, general construction information panels, and jobsite tours.
• With Sawhorse Revolution, DPR’s craft team members were able to share their love of carpentry with hands-on training and activities.
• Operationally, DPR supported Sawhorse Revolution by helping plan the group’s annual Gingerbread Barn-Raiser.