Nonprofits are the heart of communities. They provide solutions to problems within their communities and improve the lives of those they support. They rely on significant support. For DPR, to drive meaningful philanthropic change, developing and establishing long-term relationships with local nonprofit partners is key, with benefits for each organization.
When a company aligns its core business strengths with the needs of nonprofits, allowing both to do what they do best, the work can make even more of a difference. DPR's commitment to building possibilities for the under-resourced moves forward by leveraging DPR's skillsets as builders and industry professionals.
Hear from some of DPR’s nonprofit partners.
What is the significance of volunteering and having an integral and indispensable partner?
“Peninsula Bridge students are constantly asking for more hands-on STEM experiences.
Last summer, our 4th through 8th grade students learned about construction and engineering, while having a lot of fun building popsicle stick bridges, participating in an egg drop challenge, and playing a board game focused on critical thinking and strategic planning.
At Peninsula Bridge, our mission is to transform the lives of motivated, low-income students by preparing and supporting them for success in their academic and personal journey. Without the support of corporate partnerships offering specialized programming and recruiting dedicated, enthusiastic volunteers, our students would miss out on invaluable opportunities in their STEM education.”
Kristen Reese | Director of Curriculum Design and Instructional Coaching, Peninsula Bridge
“The impact corporate partnerships have made on our organization have been significant and truly extraordinary. For instance, our journey with DPR began when an employee, Tim Hyde, started off as a volunteer mentor and eventually serving as our Board Chair. Tim's dedication to Future for KIDS (FFK) and community service inspired many of his colleagues to serve as volunteers and walk alongside our mission of supporting underprivileged kids in our community through structured programs focused on academic, athletic and ethics activities designed to build strong bonds while having fun.
This partnership led to the launch of the ‘School of Construction’ in 2014, an annual summer event coordinated and hosted by DPR volunteers, to provide an overview of the field of construction to youth who may be interested in pursuing a career in construction.”
Madonna Bistany | Executive Director, Future for KIDS
“Some of the most meaningful volunteer efforts have included multiple Clubhouse renovations, including classroom spaces for the Club's Clifton and Newark locations. The tremendous value of these projects, along with the wonderful collaboration with volunteers, makes a great impact in our communities for generations to come. Additionally, volunteers that engage with our youth through leadership programs, such as Youth of the Year, provide interview preparation training sessions for Club teens, as well as hosting workforce development programs focused on construction careers.
Partnering with companies who share our commitment to supporting the New Jersey Club youth have significantly supported us in delivering on our mission to ‘enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring responsible citizens.’”
Susan Haspel | State Director, Boys & Girls Clubs in New Jersey
“Girls Inc. of Tarrant County is fortunate to have established incredible corporate partnerships. There have been several projects that our partners have supported which have greatly impacted our ability to further our mission of ‘inspiring all girls to be strong, smart, and bold.’
Most recently, Girls Inc., relocated our administrative offices which now serves as a multi-functional space. Volunteers from one of our corporate partners did electrical work, painting, furniture assembly and interior construction modifications so that we could utilize it to its highest potential.
I am thrilled to say that our office has been filled with the sound of laughter at family night, workshops and more during summer camps. This space is much more than we could have imagined, and we owe so much to these long-standing partnerships for making that possible.”
Valerie Salter | Director of Donor Engagement, Girls Inc. of Tarrant County
“DPR took our organization from serving 43 students in our original, small location to serving almost 150 at-risk youth from kindergarten through high school in three separate, beautifully renovated centers. Along with ensuring our physical space is functional, safe and updated, this partner also committed to career and educational guidance for Milagro Center’s students. Volunteers regularly host career sessions, bringing equipment to the Center and allowing our middle and high school students to explore the field of construction in a very hands-on approach. DPR has also been integral in the development and success of Milagro Center’s Ladies Empowerment and Achievement Program (L.E.A.P.) and our construction-focused Girls Go Build initiative for underserved teen girls.
Partnerships have helped and supported Milagro Center's growth, positively affecting our programs, structure, educational capabilities, staff trainings and so much more.”
Barbara Stark | President & CEO, Milagro Center
Philanthropy is a key pillar of DPR's Global Social Responsibility effort. It supports community organizations, to maximize their impact through facility construction and renovation projects, career and educational guidance for youth and operational support for nonprofit partners' staff.
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time or money! Nonprofits rely heavily on donations and volunteers. Both are powerful tools for improving communities.
Photos by: Trevor Satterwhite, Clark Grant, Tyler Wilson, Raime Press, Austin Tepper
Posted on August 11, 2023
Last Updated July 27, 2023