Building Possibilities for the Under-Resourced2022 Community Initiatives Annual Report
Building Support for People and Their Communities
Every person, in every community, deserves safe and inspiring places to gather, learn, and support each other. Economic disparity makes this difficult.
Organizations that support our under-resourced neighbors are experts in social services. They are amazing. But they don’t always have the expertise or funds for things like facility maintenance, additional youth enrichment or staff development.
Fortunately, the construction industry has a myriad of resources and an unlimited supply of altruistic people.
From building safe, flexible spaces for nonprofits, inspiring youth to add “builder” to their list of career options, to supporting our partner's operational excellence, DPR’s Community Initiatives teams continue to build possibilities for people in their communities.
2023 Community Initiatives Leadership Team: Amy Shadowens, Angie Weyant, Cari Williams, Diane Rossini, Diane Shelton, Greg Sherman, Lina Nageondelestang, Rodman Marquez, Stacy Groomes, Tim Hyde, Whitney Dorn
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2022 Outputs and Outcomes
Building Possibilities for the Under-ResourcedThrough Three Pillars of Skills-Based Volunteering
We listen to and collaborate with our community partners to identify how we can help them move forward in their missions through our Three Pillars of skills-based volunteering.
- Facility Construction and Renovation: DPR makes facilities improvements that enable community organizations to maximize their impact.
- Career and Education Guidance for Youth: DPR creates and delivers construction education and career programs for under-resourced youth.
- Operational Support for Nonprofit Partners: DPR builds relationships with community organizations and helps strengthen their operational capacity.
Facility Construction and Renovation
DPR makes facilities improvements that enable community organizations to maximize their impact.
$2,200,000 Value of volunteer facility construction and renovation projects in 2022.
92 renovation projects for nonprofit partners in 2022.
100% of nonprofit partners surveyed said DPR’s renovation projects strengthened a sense of pride of place for staff and clients.
“DPR has given us the gift by providing construction work to the interior of our new space to make it warm and inviting. A fun place for our girls and their families.”
—Girls Inc. Tarrant County, Ft. Worth, TX
Career and Education Guidance for Youth
DPR creates and delivers construction education and career programs for under-resourced youth.
10,000 under-resourced youth participated in DPR’s construction and career education initiatives.
100's of 3rd graders introduced to construction careers during industry-wide Construction Inclusion Week.
93% of partners surveyed said DPR’s education programming expanded youth’s confidence in their potential for success.
Build Up High School Internship
Construction management internship for under-resourced high school students
33 high school summer interns worked on major construction projects.
96% of interns identify as non-white, and half are young women.
70% of interns plan to be first-gen college students.
Since the program's inception in 2017, a third of former high school interns have returned to DPR as college interns or full-time employees.
“I achieved new goals and learned new skills every single day. I stepped out of my comfort zone and started informational conversations with a lot of coworkers.” -2022 Build Up Intern
Operational Support for Nonprofit Partners
DPR builds relationships with community organizations and helps strengthen their operational capacity.
45 partner organizations supported through board service, professional skills training, and other operational support.
$500,000 worth of pro bono service provided to partners to respond to their immediate needs, and support their financial and operational strength.
The DPR Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, has supported organizations that build possibilities for under-resourced youth in grades K-12 for 15 years.
During this time, the Foundation has provided nearly $13 million in unrestricted grants through an annual grant process. The Foundation currently has 34 organization partners who have been receiving funding for an average of six years.
Collectively, these organizations support thousands of youth in our communities, providing them with skills, options and the encouragement to succeed.
"The unrestricted grants allow us to fill in service gaps not covered by public funding and to adapt quickly when needed, such as during shelter-in-place at the start of COVID. It also empowers us to be innovative as an organization which is a vital part of our mission."
—LifeWorks, Austin, TX