National – The AGC Charities Inc., the charitable arm of the Associated General Contractors of America, is providing 83 construction workers in Texas with a total of $195,000 in donated funds to help cover losses they incurred as a result of Hurricane Harvey. The checks, which amount to $2,350 per construction workers, are intended to help employees of firms that belong to the association cover the costs of uninsured and uncompensated damages caused by the storm.
“Contractors may do hard work, but they have soft hearts, especially when it comes to helping some of their own,” said Art Daniel the association’s national president and President & COO of Cedar Hills, Texas-based AR Daniel Construction. “These checks won’t make everything right, but they will help these construction professionals get their lives back on track.”
AGC Charities organized a nationwide fundraising campaign in the wake of Hurricane Harvey and the flooding that followed to help provide grants for employees of member firms impacted by the storm. Daniel noted that the charitable group received an “overwhelming” response and raised over $195,000 dollars. The 83 grants are being awarded to individuals who work for firms that belong to the association who suffered significant, uncompensated Hurricane-related damages.
Dozens of construction firms, individuals and chapters of the association contributed to the effort. The AGC of Houston was the largest single donor, providing $50,000 for victims of Hurricane Harvey as well as another $50,000 for victims in Puerto Rico of Hurricane Maria. Other significant donors include the John & Alice Powers Foundation, the Oregon-Columbia Chapter of AGC and the AGC of Washington State.
The association president presented many of the checks in person today during visits to a number of Houston construction firms, including to 8 employees of Pulice Construction. He is also distributing checks tonight during a visit to the annual dinner of the AGC of Southeast Texas in Beaumont, where he will present checks to 14 employees of firms that belong to the local chapter.
Daniel noted that the national association created AGC Charities a decade ago to provide a single place where contractors could come together to help communities and the industry. In addition to providing the hurricane assistance grants, the charitable group also recognizes construction firms’ good deeds, arranges an annual charitable construction project known as Operation Opening Doors.