At JE Dunn, one of our guiding principles is: We believe in serving others. From nonprofit boards to volunteerism, JE Dunn employees live this guiding principle every day, dedicating an average of 50,000 hours annually to serving others.
National Preconstruction & Estimating Director
In our hometown of Kansas City, 77 employees picked up litter and debris across two downtown parks on Earth Day during National Volunteer Week. JE Dunn became Kansas City Parks & Recreation’s first Partner in Parks in 2021. Employees hold a monthly cleanup of the Ilus Davis Park, located directly across the street from our headquarters.
The Atlanta office focused on the small things that make a difference in people’s lives through “The Giving Tree,” which was populated with suggestions of random acts of kindness. The Atlanta office’s passion for giving did not disappoint. Not only did we reach our goal of 120 random acts of kindness, but our job site teams also organized clothing drives and neighborhood and park clean-up days. Atlanta employees made improvements at a local fire station, volunteered at local elementary schools, fed the homeless, and hosted several donation events including one for The Sacred Transition and our annual Hammer Down Road Race. The Atlanta office reached $45,000 in employee match dollars that benefited its local community in 2022.
“It’s through our commitment to build a better community that JE Dunn establishes long-lasting relationships with the people our work affects and inspires the next generation of youth to pursue our industry as a career. It’s important to our team because we strive to continue making JE Dunn the builder of choice for clients and the standard that which other competitors are measured against, as well as the contractor our trade partners and design teams want to do business with.”
The Charleston office is a small but mighty team that engaged with five organizations through seven different volunteer events and sponsorships in 2022. The Charleston team was awarded Group Project of the Year for the first annual cornhole tournament they created, raising $8,000 for Charleston Promise Neighborhood. The team is partnering with Goodwill and Charleston Promise Neighborhood to create a workforce development and community engagement program while working on the Jamestown Navy Yard project. These partnerships will provide children with access to mentorship and career paths they previously had not considered and will provide working-age adults with a path toward trade certifications and interviews with trade partners. Our hope is that these partnerships will enable participants to find work on the project and beyond, while strengthening the surrounding community.
“In Charleston, so many projects are being developed in historically disadvantaged neighborhoods. Building inspired communities is about so much more than just building a new apartment or a new school. It’s about building up the people in those communities and ensuring they have fair and equitable access to services, education, healthcare, jobs, and housing. Our team is committed to building these communities, not only through our day-to-day work but also by giving back and volunteering at organizations that make a difference in the lives of those who live in these communities. In addition, we are actively involved in programs that are committed to DEI, workforce development, and fixing our region’s affordable housing crisis.”
JE Dunn’s Charlotte office teamed up with many longstanding nonprofit partners again in 2022. Employees accumulated 112 volunteer hours during National Volunteer Week by delivering furniture, sorting school supplies, packing welcome baskets, and sorting cans. With the help of trade partners, JE Dunn donated 56,309 school supplies and $34,864 to Classroom Central during our annual school supply drive. In March, the Charlotte office hosted a poker tournament and ping pong tournament that raised over $35,000 to benefit Beds for Kids, The Cooper Royall Foundation, and Atrium Health Foundation. Employees helped build a playground for Marie G. Davis Middle School, packed over 800 backpacks full of school supplies for Classroom Central, and biked countless hours during the 24 Hours of Booty event.
“Building inspired communities is important to me because it shows how devoted JE Dunn is to the community beyond building buildings. JE Dunn’s involvement in volunteering and fundraising is a differentiator to the organizations we are committed to within the community. Coming in as an intern, I could feel the genuine passion JE Dunn employees had for making Charlotte the best place to live and the appreciation from the community and organizations for the efforts.”
In 2022, the Nashville office served more than 20 organizations throughout Middle Tennessee, logging nearly 1,000 volunteer hours. This year, our Hammer Down Race raised an estimated $180,000 for Our Kids that was matched by an anonymous donor, resulting in a total of $360,000 — the most ever raised from the annual event! It was our best year yet partnering with Our Kids, and we hope to make 2023 even better!
In 2022, our partnership with Boys & Girls Club of Middle Tennessee (BGC) continued to evolve, including a school supply drive, STEM Week, Trunk or Treat, and Construction Industry Club. In March, our employees participated in a day of service, serving lunch to veterans at Operation Stand Down and cleaning up Radnor Lake. Plus, employees led a Habitat for Humanity home build, Sacred Transitions donation drive and packing event, multiple volunteer shifts at Second Harvest of Middle Tennessee, the Black Book Project, Salvation Army Angel Tree gifts, The Ramsey Closet donations, and many more.
“Our world needs more understanding, unity, and compassion. When we take the time to go into our communities, to share our skills and values, we have an opportunity to impact lives on a human level. It is important that we take all the opportunities we have at JE Dunn to give back to the communities that we impact and show pride in those communities. It is important that we go out and inspire young people in the community to look at the construction industry with wonder and curiosity. Getting out into our communities reminds us why we build and who we are building for at the end of the day.”