Messer Construction Co., a construction manager and general contractor providing leadership for complex commercial building projects, presented a $25,000 check to the Volunteers of America of Kentucky during an employee-sponsored back-to-school cookout and supplies drive on August 11. The grant dollars donated by Messer will fund renovation and repair work for the Family Emergency Shelter, specially addressing the outdoor courtyard, playground, handicapped accessible ramp, fencing, and parking lot.
“At Messer we’re committed to building better lives for our customers, communities and employees. One of the ways we do this is by giving our time and dollars to high-impact organizations like Volunteers of America of Kentucky through our Foundation. Giving back contributes to the overall well-being and vibrancy of the communities in which we live, work and raise our families, and that’s something that benefits us all,” said Dave Miller, vice president and GM of Messer Construction Co.’s Louisville office.
“As an employee-owned company we believe in making a long-term investment in the community and organizations that mirror our values. The work being done at Volunteers of America of Kentucky is really making a difference and we’re proud to support them. We expect the renovation work to begin within the next month and be complete within 90 days,” added George McMinn, senior project manager at Messer Construction Co. and employee-champion and board member of Volunteers of America of Kentucky.
To date, Messer employees have volunteered more than 230 hours and nearly $4,000 in financial and in-kind contributions to the shelter and various initiatives in support of Volunteers of America of Kentucky, such as participating in birthday parties and providing childcare for children at the shelter. This is the second consecutive year employees of Messer Construction Co. have organized a back-to-school cookout and supplies drive for families at the shelter, which includes field games, arts and crafts, a bouncy castle, and a donation of 65 backpacks filled with school supplies.
“We serve as many as 65 children and their families on any given day at our Family Emergency Shelter, and this generous contribution from our friends at Messer will not only enhance our facility, but will also improve the quality of living for our residents,” said Jane W. Burks, president and CEO of Volunteers of America of Kentucky. “We thank the entire Messer team for getting involved in our mission — both through this philanthropic support and by engaging directly with the families we serve.”
Criteria for the grants include the expected return on investment to the community; the positive change expected from the Foundation’s investment; and Messer employee engagement and individual support for the organization.
About Volunteers of America of Kentucky
Founded in 1896, Volunteers of America of Kentucky creates positive change in the lives of individuals and communities through a ministry of service. Volunteers of America of Kentucky’s programs directly address the quality of life of individuals in Kentucky, Tennessee, West Virginia and Southern Indiana by meeting the material, emotional, and spiritual needs of individuals and families. Learn more at www.voaky.org.