- Friday, December 18th, 2009
On Wednesday, December 16, the DPR Foundation, the charitable arm of national technical builder DPR Construction, upheld its commitment to Atlanta-area youth with its continued support of the Brookhaven Boys & Girls Club – part of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Atlanta (BGCMA) – by donating $40,000 to the Club’s Power Hour program for the second year in a row.
The DPR Foundation, established by DPR Construction in 2008, is committed to helping disadvantaged children within the community by building lasting relationships with youth-focus organizations such as the Boys & Girls Club. The Foundation is a company-wide outreach program to help children who fall short of their potential due to socio-economic challenges.
“We are extremely proud to have been able to contribute to the Boys & Girls Club for the second year in a row,” said Andy Andres, DPR Atlanta regional manager. “The Power Hour program presents an extraordinary educational opportunity to these young children, and we at DPR are grateful to be able to empower our local youth in any way possible.”
This donation supports the Power Hour program, which is a comprehensive homework help and tutoring program for all members, ages 6 to 18. Power Hour provides members with the daily support, resources and guidance they need to complete their schoolwork and maintain a sense of educational confidence and ability. Power Hour members also gain Power Points as they complete homework and bonus activities that they use to obtain Power Rewards –various small prizes, participation in field trips, and other incentives for doing well in school.
“We’ve made a real commitment to these children, not just a monetary donation,” said Steve Bartkowski, DPR business development manager and former Atlanta Falcons quarterback. “In this past year, we have had the opportunity to work with kids from the Boys & Girls Club, and it has been a truly enriching experience for all who were involved. We can’t wait to see how this relationship grows in the coming years.”
The DPR Foundation made its first $40,000 donation to the Brookhaven Boys & Girls Club in winter 2008 and committed to volunteer regularly with the Power Hour program to help tutor and mentor local children at the Brookhaven branch. Throughout 2009, DPR employees tutored children and helped them with homework during the Power Hour study session, as well as raised an additional $10,000 for the Brookhaven branch at the fourth annual DPR golf tournament in October.
About DPR Construction
DPR Construction (www.dpr.com) is a forward-thinking national general contractor and construction manager specializing in technically complex and sustainable projects for the advanced technology, life sciences, healthcare and corporate office markets. Founded in 1990, DPR has grown to more than $1.8 billion in annual revenue, making it one of the largest general contractors in the nation and a “great” story of entrepreneurial success. The privately held, employee-owned company serves customers nationwide and has built projects—both large and small–for such world-class companies as Apple, Bayer, Digital Realty Trust, Genentech, HCA, Kaiser Permanente, Oracle, Pixar, Rockwell International, Sun Microsystems and Sutter Health.
The DPR Foundation (www.dprfoundation.org) is a 501 (c)(3) organization focused on helping socio-economically disadvantaged children, grades K-12, within the communities in which DPR has established operations. In two years, the DPR Foundation has awarded a total of $425,000 to 10 supported organizations across the country.
About the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Atlanta
Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Atlanta operates 30 Clubs in 13 metro counties in addition to Camp Kiwanis and Youth Art Connection, a gallery and workspace for young artists. A trained and professional staff serves more than 17,000 youth annually by offering specialized programming and a safe haven for at-risk and underprivileged children and teens. Memberships cost only $35 per school year but scholarships are available for those who need assistance. For more information, please visit www.bgcma.org.
- Thursday, December 10th, 2009
The DPR Foundation, the charitable arm of national firm DPR Construction, recently announced a $20,000 gift to Kidspace Children’s Museum to support the Kidspace School Outreach initiative.
Jim Washburn, DPR Construction’s Southern California Regional Manager and Melissa Bargman, Office Coordinator, visited Kidspace on December 8 to award the grant.
“One of DPR’s long-term goals is to be integral and indispensible to the communities in which we work and live,” said Washburn. “Children are our future, and we look forward to working with Kidspace Children’s Museum and its outreach initiative to enhance learning for kids and their families throughout Southern California.”
The Kidspace School Outreach initiative (KSO) has served approximately 1,200 students from 10 local Title 1 elementary schools, combining field trips to the Museum with classroom activities and instruction to enhance the science and art components of the standard California content curriculum. The DPR Foundation grant will provide for one year of KSO programming involving more than 20 classes of first through fourth grade students.
In addition to the DPR Foundation grant, the local Pasadena office of DPR Construction awarded Kidspace Children’s Museum an additional $10,000 to sponsor the Museum’s April 2010 Free Family Night event, which will include enhanced art and science programming for the public.
“Kidspace is extremely fortunate to have the support of local businesses like DPR Construction,” said Janet MacLean, Chief of Staff at Kidspace Children’s Museum. “Both generous gifts will allows us to continue providing quality fun and educational programs to the children and families of Southern California.”
Kidspace Children’s Museum is open Tuesday through Friday from 9:30am – 5pm and Saturday through Sunday 10am – 5pm. Tickets are $10 for children and adults (infants under 1 and Members are free). Kidspace is located at 480 N. Arroyo Blvd., in Brookside Park, Pasadena, Calif., just opposite the Rose Bowl. Free parking is available in Rose Bowl Parking Lot I.
Kidspace Children’s Museum is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization that exists to enrich the lives of children. Kidspace is an interactive learning environment that is fun for children, families, educators, and caregivers. For more information and our calendar of events, please visit our website: www.kidspacemuseum.org.