Volunteers Help Students Achieve Academic Success
Providing the necessary school supplies to students who cannot afford them is an easy way to have a profound impact on their learning experience. Through the Building Futures backpack program, Fluor and its employees are committed to assisting youth in acquiring the necessary resources to help achieve academic success.
The program allows Fluor to build quality partnerships with schools, community organizations and Clients. This year, 40 sites participated in the global program, raising more than $127,000. In addition, approximately 950 volunteers gave more than 3,100 hours of their time to help coordinate and execute the collective effort that impacted more than 19,000 children.
Fluor sites partnered with various charitable organizations to ensure students have the basic tools they need to go back to school. Manila and Cebu offices donated more than 2,660 backpacks to students from low-income families, and Cebu volunteers included slippers in each backpack for the children to wear while walking to and from school. With Fluor's donation of 1,319 backpacks, the Shanghai office worked with a local charity to support a community-wide event that distributed 3,450 backpacks to 53 schools. In addition, Fluor’s Canadian offices, Westinghouse Vogtle 3 & 4, Savannah River Nuclear Solutions project sites and Fluor BWXT Portsmouth partnered with the local United Way agencies to support the All in for Youth initiative, Stuff the Bus and back-to-school events.
The Building Futures program is not only about distributing backpacks and school supplies; but also, the program helps enrich the students’ academic experience.
"One student who we have been connected with recently had a really tough go over the summer,” said Shannon Murphy, program coordinator, United Way of Calgary - All in for Youth. “Jake lived with his father in Ontario before coming to Calgary, but decided to leave due to the negative effect that his father's drug use was having on his own life. Jake ended up hitch-hiking to Calgary from Ontario this summer, with the clothes on his back and very few belongings, to come and stay with his aunt. Facing her own financial struggles, Jake’s aunt is unable to purchase any clothing or school supplies for him. Thanks to the Fluor’s Building Futures program, we were able to provide Jake with a backpack full of school supplies, so that Jake can focus on continuing his education this semester."
“We’re so grateful to Fluor for donating backpacks each year; so many of the parents simply cannot afford to buy supplies for their children, said Andrea Locati, director of operations, Boys and Girls Clubs of Benton and Franklin Counties. “There’s a family of four little boys who asked several times while the backpacks were being handed out if they could keep the backpacks and supplies. One of the boys said, ‘That is so great because our mom doesn’t have any money.’ This program really makes a difference for these children.”
In addition to Fluor sites collaborating with charities, several locations joined forces to support schools in Louisiana that were greatly affected by the floods that devastated communities in late August. To help residents begin to rebuild their lives, employees from Fluor Federal Petroleum Operations, sites in New Orleans, Bayou Choctaw, West Hackberry, Big Hill and Bryan Mound donated school supplies to support students at Tanglewood Elementary, Middle and High Schools in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
Over the past 16 years, the Building Futures program has impacted more than 168,000 in 18 countries around the globe. It is just one of many Fluor Cares programs that employees participate in throughout the year to make a difference in their communities.
Chris Rodd, general manager, Fluor Kazakhstan Inc., distributes backpacks to students for the new school year.
Fluor Cares volunteers in Peru deliver backpacks filled with school supplies to the students at Santa Rosa de Lima School.
A Fluor Cares volunteer prepares to deliver backpacks to Walter G. Byers Elementary students in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Fluor's Southern California offices donate 200 backpacks filled with school supplies to the Boys & Girls Club of Capistrano Valley.