Supplies for Success

Wednesday, October 24, 2018 9:27 am EDT

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What do you consider more important, providing food for your family or purchasing schools supplies for your child? Unfortunately, all too often, this is the choice some parents have to make.

To help ease the financial strain on families, Fluor’s Building Futures program serves as a safety net for thousands of low-income families by providing backpacks and school supplies to students.

Through the program, Fluor builds quality partnerships with schools, community organizations and its Clients. Globally, 34 locations participated in the program and contributed an astounding $240,600 to 58 schools and charitable organizations. Nearly 600 volunteers participated by stuffing backpacks, delivering supplies to schools and raising money for the cause. This year, the collective effort impacted more than 11,000 children. The following are highlights from this year's program:

  • Two project sites joined the effort this year: Tappan Zee Constructors in Tarrytown, New York and Purple Line Transit Constructors in Riverdale, Maryland.
  • Fluor’s New Delhi office worked with four organizations to serve nearly 900 low-income and special needs students.
  • Fluor Idaho joined its Building Futures campaign efforts with a local United Way concert event, working with teachers from Idaho Falls School District #91 to stuff backpacks with school supplies.
  • The Procter & Gamble Project Independence site served more than 300 children by engaging employees through fundraisers, campaign announcements during safety meetings and greeting people in their cars as they drove into work.
  • The AstraZeneca project in Coppell, Texas worked with the Children’s Advocacy Center to provide 100 backpacks and supplies to students and far exceeded its fundraising goal, raising double the goal amount.
  • Fluor’s Gliwice office identified the children with the greatest needs in the community and was able to provide 172 students with the necessary tools for school.
  • Special recognition goes to the Richland, Spring Valley and San Francisco offices, as they continue to have successful campaigns year after year, despite smaller office sizes.

Over the past 18 years, the Building Futures program has impacted more than 186,000 children around the globe, and time and time again, it has demonstrated that it is more than just a backpack and supplies – it is about enriching the overall academic experience.

“These supplies that Fluor provided will help remove one significant barrier to student success – access to resources,” said Mike Wilson, principal, Crescent Heights High School. “Research shows that every barrier removed significantly improves a student’s chances of successfully completing high school. We consider ourselves very fortunate to be working with community-minded organizations such as Fluor, thank you!” 

“School supply lists can be overwhelming for families who struggle to meet their children’s day-to-day needs for food and shelter,” said Amy Clifton Keely, director of training and technical assistance, Communities in Schools of Greenville. “Fluor’s program reduces the financial burden that parents face during back-to-school time and ensures children go to school with the materials they need to start their year as prepared as their more affluent peers. Communities in Schools of Greenville is honored to be a long-time beneficiary of this project, and we know that the students and families we serve are grateful as well.”

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