$30,000 Check Presented to Girls Inc. by DPR Foundation

by Peter Nosler

DPR Foundation folks presented Girls Inc. of Orange County with a check for $30,000. At the check presentation, the Girls Inc. president & vice president gave a touching speech about DPR's impact to the organization, referencing our core values (Integrity, Enjoyment, Uniqueness, Ever Forward) and found real life examples of each through our involvement with the organization. Reps from California Senator Mimi Walter’s office (37th state senate district) were also on hand and presented DPR folks with a certificate in recognition of the company’s continued support, both financially and through volunteer commitment, to the organization. “It is our pleasure to thank DPR Construction for their financial, and more importantly, physical contributions to improve the opportunities for the girls enrolled in the program, ” said Martin L. Paine, district director for the office of Senator Mimi Walters.

Girls Inc. CEO Lucy Santana-Ornelas said, “DPR’s gift is literally transformational in the sense that it allows us to impact the lives of more Orange County girls who need our help.” DPR began working with Girls Inc. of Orange County in 2012 when the non-profit was chosen to receive a complete makeover as part of DPR's Rebuild America Day. As a result, the organization received new classrooms and expansive repairs to their Youth and Family Center based in Costa Mesa, with materials alone totaling over $100,000.

At the check presentation event, DPR was cordially invited to join Girls Inc.'s Green Club (Girls Restoring Emerging Environmental Needs), inspired by our GenR3 project this summer. DPR's plans for this year's involvement include hands-on volunteer opportunities with the elementary-aged girls that will focus on the importance of sustainability, protecting the environment, and making a difference in their community.

The girls made an incredible and sustainable gift for us to take back and hang in the office: a framed D, P, and R made out of recycled materials. Thank you, girls!

Here's to a great year together!

About Girls Inc.
Girls Inc.® of Orange County positively changes the lives of 4,000 girls, ages 4 1/2 to 18, each year, by providing year-round holistic, compensatory, and intentional programming focusing on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math). Girls Inc. of Orange County has been a respected member of the non-profit community for almost 60 years. The mission of Girls Inc. is to inspire all girls to be strong, smart, and bold. We put our mission into practice through the Girls Inc. experience that equips girls to navigate gender, economic, and social barriers and grow into healthy, educated and independent adults. Health, education and independence are the three main areas that surround our program curricula.

About the DPR Foundation
The DPR Foundation is a company-wide, focused outreach to help children who fall short of their potential due to socio-economic challenges. For 2012-2013, the DPR Foundation distributed a grand total of $845,000 to support 15 organizations selected, nationwide. Since 2008, the Foundation has awarded more than $2.4 million to 21 different organizations.