Serving the Vulnerable in our Communities
At Mortenson, we are building for the greater good - to make a positive social, economic and environmental impact in the communities we serve. With a core focus on Wellness, Environment, Education, and Shelter, our Community Impact Program allows our teams to identify specific needs in their communities to help where and how they can.
Throughout our company’s history, the sincere commitment of our team members to Do Something Good, to help where help is needed, and to selflessly give of our time and treasure is one of our most valuable attributes.
Community Impact Program
Operated under our company values of Service and Stewardship, our community impact initiatives enable team members in our offices across the country to address and adapt to the ever-changing needs of their local community.
We do this through:
- Developing community partnerships
- Empowering team members to give back in the ways and places they are passionate
- Being a responsible member of the global community
Giving Back Made Easy
We make it easy for our team members to give back to the communities where we live and work. Through an innovative online platform, we have access to over 2 million non-profits aiding vulnerable populations in various areas of need.
Every day, our team members are provided opportunities to participate in local volunteer events, donate to worthy causes, and engage in learning opportunities to improve ourselves, serve our communities and relate to one another as more educated, empathetic individuals.
The efforts of our team members have supported more than 1,000 non-profit community partnerships across the country and around the world through volunteer hours and giving opportunities. Beyond our team member giving and volunteering efforts, as a company, we are committed to donating 5% of our pre-tax earnings to charitable causes.
Connecting With Our Youth
5th grader Will Bock participated in BizTown at Junior Achievement North in the Twin Cities. His BizTown job for the day was CEO of Mortenson! After the event, he was very interested in meeting Dan Johnson, our CEO…who, in turn, was interested in meeting Will.
Helping Women In Construction
To help women advance in the industry, our Denver team partnered with local charities during Women in Construction Week. Habitat for Humanity of Metro Denver was among these charities, highlighting our new partnership for a Women’s Skills Weekend event.
Engaging In Our Schools
During Construction Inclusion Week's Community Engagement Day Mortenson teams across the country talked with over 900 students in Title I schools about careers in construction. Our Seattle team visited 7 classrooms at Parkside Elementary.
Long-Valued Community Partnerships
Milwaukee Team | Hunger Task Force
Since 2011, we have supported and volunteered with the Hunger Task Force in SE Wisconsin. Our ongoing partnership helps them achieve various components of their mission. We have packed food boxes, helped pick fruits and vegetables at The Farm, and hosted food drives at different times during the year.
In 2022 we helped harvest sweet corn, and as a team, we picked 6,300 pounds. The corn was distributed to Hunger Task Force locations across the area, providing food supplies to residents within the day.
Minneapolis Team | Hearts & Hammers
Throughout our 20+ year partnership with Hearts & Hammers, more than 550 Mortenson team members have volunteered over the years; what a great historical footnote!
We’ve worked alongside valued AEC partners at the homes of senior citizens, community members with disabilities, and Veterans of the United States Armed Forces, or their surviving spouses, so they may continue living independently. Volunteers help with exterior home improvements that include painting, minor repairs and landscaping.
Volunteering as Team Building
Our Portland office made a 2022 goal to volunteer as a means for project team building.
Our Bonneville Power Administration team rallied to support the Community Transitional School, a school for students living with their homeless and transient families, by helping with their Halloween carnival – some of our team members even came in costume!
Our Reeds Crossing Wellness Center team volunteered at the Sunshine Division, a Portland-area food bank serving thousands of families each week. They packed 352 boxes with approximately 10,000 lbs. of food in just over one hour!
For the Lymphoma and Leukemia walk, our Seattle team donned kilts to raise funds (and eyebrows).
Team members in Chicago make hot meals for families at Ronald McDonald House Charities.
Engaging the Community During our Projects
It's important to us to connect with and be part of the communities where our projects take place. As we complete a project, our intention is to walk away knowing we have grown as individuals from having the opportunity to become a member of the community. And we hope, that as a result, the community benefits as well.
If you would like to inform us about a volunteer event in your area, please reach out. At Mortenson, it’s always a good day to ‘Do Something Good.’