We believe giving back to the communities where we live and work is just as important as the work we do. Every month, year in and year out, Zachry employees and their families go out to lend a helping hand to those who need it most — because every person matters.
San Antonio Youth Literacy ProgramIt has become a Zachry tradition to “adopt” a nearby elementary school and help in any way we can. We routinely hold fundraisers to raise money for school supplies and uniforms, and every week during the school year many Zachry employees volunteer their time to work one-on-one with a young student to help him or her learn to read. Most recently, Zachry has partnered with Larkspur Elementary of San Antonio.
Salvation Army Shoe-InEach year, the Salvation Army organizes this annual event to give new shoes to thousands of underprivileged kids, many of whom come to us in adult-sized hand-me-downs or even barefoot. Volunteers help by measuring and fitting the children for the new shoes before distributing them. 2014 marked the tenth consecutive year Zachry has made this one of our company’s featured events. In addition, we conduct our own sock drive each year so we can give out a pair with each pair of shoes.
Project Food PakThe Children’s Hunger Fund (CHF) has distributed more than a billion dollars worth of food, medical supplies, toys and other aid to more than 20 million children worldwide since its founding in 1991. Zachry has teamed with this amazing organization many times, including on Project Food Pak. Team members help sort thousands of cans and bags of fruit, beans, vegetables and other nutritious foods that can then be packed into 20-pound boxes, just one of which can supplement a family of five for a week. The Paks are hand-delivered by local church volunteers who build relationships with the families and share the gospel with them.
Blue SantaOfficers in the San Antonio Police Department first had the idea of collecting toys for families in need back in 1986, and Zachry is proud to have been involved from the start. The employees bring unwrapped toys and gifts for children up to age 17 to put under the Zachry Christmas trees, where they are picked up by “Blue Santa” and his police escort to much fanfare. The Zachry donations typically fill more than three dozen large boxes, and “elves” from our main office run out to pick up last-minute gifts for any age groups that may need a few more presents.