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Building Brighter Futures Around the World
Employees use supplies like pens, pencils, erasers and even calculators so much, that these basic office items can often become undervalued. Just as having the proper resources aids in daily jobs, having the proper school supplies aids students in achieving academic success.
However, too many young students struggle with this uncertainty: not knowing whether they'll have what they need to complete their school work throughout the year. In the midst of these struggles, Fluor’s Building Futures program has often served as a safety net for thousands of students. For many, being able to go to school with new school supplies is all they need to stay on track.
The Building Futures program allows Fluor to build quality partnerships with schools, community organizations and clients. This year, 27 sites participated in the global program, raising more than $129,000. In addition, 535 volunteers gave more than 2,000 hours of their time to help coordinate and execute the collective effort that impacted more than 7,200 children.
This year, Fluor welcomed five new locations in Idaho, Virginia, Texas, Sweden and Guinea, West Africa.
Fluor sites partnered with various schools and charitable organizations to ensure students had the basic tools they need to go back to school. Fluor’s Puerto Rico office donated 40 backpacks full of supplies to a hearing impaired school in San Juan. Greensville County Power Station donated 190 backpacks with supplies to a local elementary school in Emporia, Virginia, and included additional bulk supplies for teachers.
In Sweden, employees partnered with the Polish Red Cross to donate 141 backpacks and supplies to students from low-income families, and Fluor’s Gliwice office donated an additional 192 backpacks and supplies to local schools and organizations. Employees in the New Delhi office raised nearly $10,000 to provide backpacks and supplies to 727 children at local charities, and in Houston, employees raised an astounding $27,000 to serve 540 students at two local elementary schools. Additionally, in Guinea, West Africa, employees gave 200 backpacks filled with supplies to two local schools and built 432 student and teacher desks.
The Building Futures program is not only about distributing backpacks and school supplies; it’s about enriching the students’ overall academic experience.
“All In for Youth has been making a difference in the lives of Calgary’s youth for the past five years,” said Karen Young, president and chief executive officer, United Way of Calgary and Area. “We know we cannot move the needle on complex issues like high school completion alone. Thanks to partners like Fluor and their employees, we are continuing to ensure all of Calgary’s youth are successful and poised to contribute to a thriving city!”
“When a corporation's employees are actively engaged in the project, it’s a special event,” said Christine Wiersema, chief executive officer, United Way of Idaho Falls and Bonneville County. “We thank Fluor Idaho's generous employees for their ongoing support.”
Over the past 17 years, the Building Futures program has impacted more than 175,000 children 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.