Employees from the EMJ Construction Dallas office spent the afternoon serving at the North Texas Food Bank, a Dallas nonprofit hunger relief organization that distributes donated, purchased and prepared foods. The food bank supports the nutritional needs of children, families and seniors through education, advocacy and strategic partnerships, providing access to more than 200,000 meals each day for hungry children, seniors and families across a 13-county service area.
The Dallas team rolled up their sleeves and dedicated their time there to packing boxes for the Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP), which works to improve the health of low-income persons at least 60 years of age by supplementing their diets with nutritious USDA Foods. By the end of the shift, the team filled nine pallets with 432 boxes that will provide 11,050 meals.
“I am grateful to work at a place like EMJ that truly values service and encourages us to spend time giving back to our community. It was both refreshing and energizing to get to serve alongside my fellow employees, knowing that we were making a positive impact on so many people in our community,” said Jacob Wadlington, Vice President of Business Development, EMJ Construction Dallas.
This is the third consecutive year that EMJ has partnered with the North Texas Food Bank in the ongoing pursuit of closing the gap on hunger in North Texas, allowing our employees to live out EMJ’s purpose to be people serving people. Visit North Texas Food Bank’s website to learn more about the organization and the work they are doing.
The kitchen offers a variety of services to its clients. Through all of the assistance offered, it seeks to satisfy the spiritual and physical hunger of people in Chattanooga. There are no fees or requirements for receiving the Kitchen’s services; instead, they are offered out of love and compassion.
EMJ partners with the Kitchen because it allows employees to support a great cause through service. This year EMJ employees raffled gift baskets to raise money to cover the cost.
On the day of the event, employees took shifts decorating the Kitchen, cooking and serving meals, and making phone calls to ask for donations for the organization. The team prepared and served more than 750 meals, which set a new record.
The Community Kitchen relies on volunteer support to accomplish its mission. Groups and individual volunteers are needed year-round. You may sign up to volunteer here, or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
“We love the mission of the Kitchen, which is to meet the most basic needs of hungry, homeless and vulnerable people in our community, while offering a clear path to self-sufficiency,” said Tina Brogdon, who serves as EMJ’s liaison with the Kitchen.
This was the seventh consecutive year EMJ hosted a Christmas party for the clients and employees of the Kitchen. EMJ partners with the Kitchen because it allows employees to support a great cause through service.
EMJ employees tooks shifts decorating the Kitchen, cooking and serving meals, and making phone calls to ask for donations for the organization. The team prepared and served nearly 600 meals.
The kitchen offers a variety of services to its clients. Through all of the services, it seeks to satisfy the spiritual and physical hunger of people in Chattanooga. There are no fees or requirements for receiving the Kitchen’s services; instead, they are offered out of love and compassion.
“Those who have been given great gifts have greater responsibilities,” said Brogdon.” We appreciate the Kitchen and are humbled to help in a very small way.”
The Community Kitchen relies volunteer support to accomplish its mission. Groups and individual volunteers are needed year-round. You may sign up to volunteer here, or by emailing email@example.com.
Photo by Big Brother Big Sisters of Greater Chattanooga
For as long as anyone can remember, EMJ’s Chattanooga office has partnered with its local Big Brothers Big Sisters chapter. EMJ Founder Ed Jolley was passionate about the cause, and today, we continue the partnership through an annual fundraiser and bowling event.
This year, EMJ’s Chattanooga office raised $46,895 for the local chapter of Big Brothers Big Sisters through Bowl for Kids’ sake.
Bowl for Kids’ Sake is Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Chattanooga’s largest annual fundraiser and has been ongoing for nearly 30 years. All funds raised through this event go directly toward volunteer recruitment, matching of mentors and youth, and big/little support.
The Chattanooga office divided into eight fundraising teams led by team captains, Joey Barbeauld, Billy Kile, Jacob Mammen, Michelle Parker, Kurt Teasley, Joe Welch, Jonathon Woolsey, and Joe Woolums.
Team 5, led by Senior Project Manager Joey Barbeauld, raised the largest amount at a whopping $19,240. Steve Totzke, Project Manager, was our top individual fundraiser for the entire competition, raising $15,000 for the cause.
“I could not have done it without the generous support of many of the subcontractors we’ve built relationships with over the past year, specifically on our Lidl stores,” said Totzke. “I am grateful that they were so willing to join in for this worthy cause.”
Bowling teams from local companies, community supporters and friends all rolled in to Spare Time Hixson to compete and show their team spirit. Many “Bigs” and “Littles” joined in the fun as well. In all, over 300 bowlers and many sponsors helped make this a record-breaking year, enabling BBBS to support 105 new matches.
“A special thanks to the employees of EMJ Corporation who were instrumental in making the event a huge success,” BBBS officials said.
Way to go, EMJ Chattanooga! You are changing lives in your local community, and thank you for representing the corporation as “people serving people.”
While the EMJ team was instrumental in the success of this fundraiser, we couldn’t have done it without the generous donations from our clients, partners and colleagues. Thank you to the following donors:
During the holidays, we make an extra effort to give back—but this year, EMJ’s efforts began even earlier in the wake of hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria.
EMJ employees from all offices raised nearly $2,500 for relief efforts, which was matched by EMJ Corporation.
As a result, more than $5,000 was donated to the American Red Cross. All funds were presented to the organization in a brief ceremony on Friday, November 5.
The American Red Cross uses donor funds to provide shelter, food, and emergency support for individuals and families affected by the hurricanes—as well as assisting with recovery efforts to get those impacted back on their feet.
In addition to fundraising, several EMJ employees traveled to Houston and surrounding areas to aid in recovery efforts. The Dallas office also hosted an emergency blood drive for the building through the Red Cross.
Hurricane Harvey, a Category 4 storm which landed on the southeast coast of Texas on August 25, devastated coastal cities with extreme flooding in Texas and Louisiana.
Hurricane Irma followed shortly after, hitting several Caribbean islands on September 6-9 before directly hitting the Florida Keys as a Category 4 storm and traveling up through Florida.
Hurricane Maria landed in Puerto Rico as a Category 4 hurricane on September 20, before churning northward into Turks and Caicos.
To learn how your organization can get involved with hurricane relief efforts, visit redcross.org.
Spring brings warmer weather, blooming flowers, allergy pills, and—for EMJ, great opportunities for community service!
This week, EMJ’s Chattanooga team celebrated the season by hosting the Chambliss Center for Children for a day of Easter-themed fun. Since 1872, the non-profit organization has supported local children and strengthened families through childcare, adoptions and other services, and now cares for more than 650 kids each day.
EMJ’s team welcomed 35 four- and five-year-old children for an Easter egg hunt, pizza “picnic,” activity stations and a photo booth with the bunny.
“We partner with local organizations because we are passionate about improving our community and using our resources to positively impact the city’s future leaders,” said Clint Dean, Executive Vice President. “We enjoy it, and it’s very rewarding.”
This fun event arrived on the heels of EMJ’s recent participation in Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Greater Chattanooga’s Bowl for Kids’ Sake, a bowling and fundraising competition that goes toward the nonprofit’s local one-on-one mentoring program.
EMJ competed in teams to raise more than $35,000 through local sponsorships, then bowled in the event on April 1st. Chattanooga’s third year to participate, they topped last year’s efforts of over $33,000.
Two of EMJ’s projects, Palm Beach Outlets, West Palm Beach, FL and Fountains of Farah, El Paso, TX are finalists for ICSC’s U.S. Design and Development Awards.
Junior Achievement of Chattanooga presented EMJ Construction with the 2016 Spirit of Achievement Award on March 15, 2016. The ceremony was held at the Chattanooga Convention Center featuring keynote speaker Brian Jordan, former Atlanta Brave and Atlanta Falcon.
The Spirit of Achievement Award recognizes and honors organizations that have made outstanding contributions to the business, social and cultural assets of the Chattanooga area. Each honoree has exhibited strong leadership, an entrepreneurial spirit and adheres to a high level of ethical principles. EMJ is being honored for its nearly 27 years of service to Junior Achievement. Members of EMJ’s Chattanooga office visited classrooms at eight local schools in 2015, educating students about entrepreneurship, work readiness and financial literacy through the Junior Achievement curriculum.
Doug Martin, EMJ’s Chief Operating Officer, accepted the award on behalf of the company.
“We truly enjoy working with the Junior Achievement program. Our children are responsible for the future, and our team enjoys interacting with the future of our business and our city firsthand when we visit these schools,” said Martin.