Our Denver office is helping young women advance within the industry through Mortenson’s day-of-service; day-of-service partners attended to help raise awareness for these efforts. Habitat for Humanity of Metro Denver was also in attendance to highlight our new partnership for a Women’s Skills Weekend event.
Each of these non-profits was gifted $1,000, raised from entry fees to the event; each attendee received 5 - $25 tokens to distribute to the non-profit of their choice in attendance:
- Girls, Inc.
- Florence Crittenton
- Transportation & Construction Girl
- Mile High Youth Corps
Our WIC Week celebrations wrapped up with a day-of-service. More than 100 team members from the company’s Denver office volunteered at each of the locations listed above as well as:
- Cleo Parker Robinson Dance
- Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Denver
- Firefly Autism
“Over the last decade, we have implemented a series of strategic initiatives aimed at dramatically increasing the number of meaningful opportunities for women across the organization,” states Brian Fitzpatrick, vice president and general manager for Mortenson Denver. “As one of the largest construction employers in Denver, Mortenson is truly championing change in the construction and engineering industry through our affinity programs, pipeline development efforts, community outreach, and hiring practices. WIC Week is one more way we’re walking the walk when it comes to supporting an inclusive, equitable, and diverse construction industry.”
About our Habitat for Humanity Sponsorship
Our Denver office launched a multi-year partnership with Habitat for Humanity of Metro Denver. Through the Women Build Program, Mortenson will provide essential training to women in construction and engage women leaders within Mortenson to become more involved with Habitat’s mission of building and preserving affordable homeownership.
“At a time when home prices are at an all-time high, the support of partners like Mortenson is more important than ever in helping us expand homeownership opportunities to lower-income residents,” explains Jeanne Fischetti, Director of Sponsorships with Habitat for Humanity. “Mortenson really approached this relationship as a collaboration. Together, we envisioned new ways to work together to support their goal of bringing more women into construction while advancing our goal of creating and maintaining affordable, stable housing.”
The Women Build program involves a variety of activations including:
Quarterly skills-building classes for Habitat’s Women Build Warriors taught by Mortenson’s women leaders. Mortenson developed the curriculum and Habitat will invite participants and host training sessions at its production shop, the skills-building classes announced through the Women Build quarterly newsletter.
Team building days on Habitat construction sites allow Mortenson’s women employees to practice and master specific construction skills they’ve learned through Mortenson’s own Women’s Skills Nights.
The inaugural Women’s Engagement Weekend was a two-day intensive that included training sessions taught by Mortenson in the morning followed by the opportunity to apply those new skills while building a Habitat for Humanity house for the remainder of the day.
“We’ve long supported Habitat for Humanity through our team’s volunteer efforts, so we’re thrilled to be taking our support to the next level,” notes Brian Fitzpatrick, Vice President and General Manager of Mortenson. “Mortenson is committed to removing the barriers that have long prevented women from entering and advancing in the construction industry. Our partnership with Habitat for Humanity allows us to bring our skills as builders to bear in new ways while engaging more women in the process of creating much-needed affordable housing in our community.”
As part of Mortenson’s sponsorship of the Women Build program, the Denver office also donated $30,000 to Habitat for Humanity of Metro Denver. We look forward to expanding this partnership this year.