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Tue November 28, 2017 - National Edition
For many, Black Friday marks the kickoff to the holiday season, followed closely by Cyber Monday. But in recent years, another day has gained ground in capturing the spirit of the season: Giving Tuesday.
As its name implies, Giving Tuesday is all about supporting those in need. While there are countless charities and causes that you can contribute to, here is a list of 10 that have industry-specific goals in mind:
1. American Traffic Safety Services Association — This nonprofit is committed to eliminating injuries and fatalities in work zones through spreading awareness with programs, public service announcements and more. The foundation also offers scholarships to children whose parents or loved ones have been seriously injured or killed while performing road work. The foundation says its goal is to eventually give out zero scholarships as a result of zero fatalities. Learn how you can contribute at www.atssa.com/TheFoundation.
2. The ARTBA Transportation Development Foundation — Founded in 1985, this organization provides support for educational scholarships, awards programs, professional development training, safety training, a national transportation exhibition and a facility that works to improve safety in road construction zones. For more information, visit www.artba.org/foundation/.
3. The Caterpillar Foundation— Founded by one of the biggest names in construction equipment, the Caterpillar Foundation is committed to improving communities worldwide. The organization and its partners support endeavors in education, the environment and basic human needs in an effort to “place people on the path to prosperity.” Partners include: Feeding America; the United Nations Foundation; United Way; the International Youth Foundation; the American Red Cross; and so many more. Learn more at www.caterpillar.com/en/company/caterpillar-foundation.html.
4. Construction Angels —This Florida-based nonprofit steps in to provide financial assistance to the families of construction workers who have lost their lives on a job site. “Construction Angels wants to make an everlasting impression and impact within the industry, one family at a time,” says the organization's vision, with the goal “to assist the family at the beginning of their grieving process with hopes to provide them with a sense of comfort, both financially and emotionally.” Find out how you can support these families at www.constructionangels.us.
5. Construction Charities of North America — When disaster strikes, Construction Charities of North America is ready to help rebuild communities. The organization says it is committed to using only skilled union workers to complete projects “with care, safety, professionalism, and in a timely manner.” To learn more about how you can help, visit www.constructioncharities.com.
6. Construction for Change — By partnering with nonprofits and volunteers, and using their expertise, Construction for Change helps communities around the world. The organization provides construction management services to areas that are in need of facilities to promote “education, healthcare and economic empowerment.” Find out more at www.constructionforchange.org.
7. Habitat for Humanity — Habitat has been addressing poor housing conditions in the U.S. and around the world for over 40 years. One great way to support the cause is to donate to Habitat ReStores, which are organization-run home improvement shops that accept all kinds of new and gently used donations, from building materials to furniture, appliances and more. For more information, visit www.habitat.org.
8. Road Builder Charities — This nonprofit has been committed to funding educational and training programs to students in Illinois since 2009. In addition to giving to member charities, Road Builder provides scholarships for “college students in transportation-related fields, and scholarships to children of fallen workers.” To view a full list of the charities Road Builder supports, as well as information about scholarship applications, visit www.irtba.org/RBC.
9. Team Rubicon — Founded in 2010, Team Rubicon is made up of military veterans and first responders who make it their mission to send emergency response teams to worldwide locations that need a helping hand after disaster has struck. This fall, Team Rubicon partnered with Case to begin post-Harvey recovery efforts in Texas. For more information about Team Rubicon, visit www.teamrubiconusa.com.
10. Wounded Warrior Project — As its name suggests, this organization works to honor and empower wounded warriors. The nonprofit connects warriors, their families and their caregivers with supportive communities; serves them with free healthcare, support and career counseling; and empowers them to live their lives as they see fit. The Warriors to Work initiative helps transition these individuals into civilian careers, including construction. Learn how you can help at www.woundedwarriorproject.org.