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2011 Community Involvement

NAPA presents its Community Involvement Award to asphalt companies that serve their communities through outstanding programs and projects.  “NAPA understands how important it is for the companies in our industry to participate in and support their communities,” said Kim Snyder, 2011 Chairman of the NAPA Board of Directors. NAPA congratulates its 2011 Community Involvement recipients!

 

WINNER
Barrett Paving Materials Inc.
Watertown, N.Y.

Barrett CIThe Watertown branch of Barrett Paving Materials calls its outreach program “The Road to a Better Community” and it worked hard in 2011 to deliver on that promise.


The company participated in an Adopt-A-Platoon program through nearby Fort Drum Military base. Employees collected and mailed monthly packages containing food, coffee, board games, and other requested items to soldiers who had been deployed overseas. After these soldiers returned home, employees adopted a second platoon. The company also hosts holiday open houses for the families who are left.


Barrett also finds many other ways to assist people in the communities that it serves, from its blood drive to its participation in local parades. Barrett sponsors local scholarships to students pursuing a degree in civil engineering or business administration and offers internships for college students in these disciplines. It helps support dozens of community events, organizations, youth programs, and emergency responders.


WINNER 
The Lane Construction Corp.
Charlotte, Maine

Lane CIAlthough Lane’s Charlotte field location in Maine has only 23 employees, their volunteer activities and their donations have made a large impact in the community. The company’s Polar Bear Dip team raised money for the Ronald McDonald House. The employees also raised funds for programs like Relay for Life and Down East Hospice. They participated in the annual cleanup of a national wildlife refuge and in the spring cleanup of the Charlotte Cemetery.

Children and schools are a major beneficiary of Lane’s efforts. The company purchased and assembled new basketball backboards, rims, and nets for Charlotte Elementary School and purchased new softball and cross country uniforms for its athletes. Employees also bought a new book for each of the 30 students in the school and presented them at the school’s awards night. They also held an ice cream social for the students and their family members.

 

FINALIST
Granite Construction Co.
Indio, Calif.

There are so many needs today, and Granite Construction Company is continually getting requests for time, energy, effort, and money. So whenever their employees come in with a cause that is important Granite tries to help out and rally others around the issue.


For many years Granite employees have participated in events and activities such as blood drives, high school career days, and a community fall festival. Employees also contributed items to help fill backpacks and donated cash. This year they also opened a new solar plant which will help service the greater community when the plant is not in operation.

  
FINALIST 
Granite Construction Co.
Sparks, Nev.

Granite Construction supports many organizations in the community, but the Sparks Heritage Museum was one of its primary beneficiaries during 2011 after funding for the museum had been withdrawn.


Granite employees also adopted two families for Christmas, held food drives, sponsored the Race for the Cure, held an annual blood drive, provided a care package for troops; and donated time, equipment, and/or supplies to various groups.


Granite also donated a pick-up truck to help an employee whose home burned, destroying all of the family’s belongings.  Coworkers also pitched in to help. 
 

FINALIST 
Tilcon New York Inc., an Oldcastle Materials Co. 
Wharton, N.J.

A four-time recipient of NAPA’s Community Involvement Award. The company focused their efforts on children and education believing that, “Education is the key to a better future for all of us.”


Tilcon New York has an internship program to help give meaningful on-the-job experience to students. They also held an open house, where visitors gained an understanding of the company’s work.


Employees also held a holiday food drive and the company donated materials for several Habitat for Humanity homes. It has donated materials for community projects. Company employees frequently participate in community fundraising events and Tilcon supports their efforts through monetary or materials donations.

  
FINALIST
Vulcan Materials Co.
Fresno, Calf.

Over the past several years, employees at Vulcan Materials’ Fresno Asphalt Plant have directed much of their assistance to Spirit of Woman, a recovery and relapse prevention program that addresses the needs of underserved women in Fresno County who are pregnant and/or parents. Since the partnership began in 2008, the company and its employees have donated money, materials, clothing, and fundraising items. Fresno employees helped produce a fundraising brochure for the shelter, which boasts an 85 percent success rate in helping women turn their lives around.


Through its “Partners in Education” program, Vulcan Materials’ Fresno Asphalt Plant works with six area schools to provide students with assistance. It offers tours of its facilities to students, materials for various fundraising and educational programs, scholarships, and mentoring opportunities.