As a locally-based contractor, we believe in giving back to a community that continually supports us. The following is a sample of recent community service projects.
Our firm donated construction management services to the development of the 5,000sf June 5 Memorial Park. The Salvation Army donated the land for this park at 22nd and Market Sts, Philadelphia, to honor the memory of those individuals lost and injured when an adjacent building collapsed on to a Salvation Army Thrift Store in June, 2013. In June, 2014: Mayor Nutter dedicated the site as a memorial park. Artist Barb Fox was chosen to lead a team of pro bono design professionals to execute her vision of a memorial titled, “Witness.” In June, 2015, the design was granted final approval. The park is scheduled to be built on the 3rd anniversary of the collapse.
In November, 2015, over 150 participants (and several four-legged friends) walked with Team LF Driscoll in the Philadelphia Heart Walk, raising $24,294.00 for the American Heart Association. This was the second year LF Driscoll participated in the walk.
In October 2014, cyclists for Structure Tone and LF Driscoll rode 150 miles in the Ride to Conquer Cancer, a campaign to raise cancer awareness and support Penn Medicine’s Abramson Cancer Center, a world leader in providing state-of-the-art cancer care through the latest forms of cancer prevention, diagnosis, and treatment. Along with the riders, over 30 volunteers from our organization dedicated their time to support their teams and the other riders as they made this grueling trek.
We provided funding and several participants for the Philadelphia “Free to Breathe” Run/Walk event. This lung cancer advocacy organization, founded by doctors and researchers, works together with survivors and advocates to increase lung cancer awareness and research funding.
LF Driscoll supplied construction management resources for the Clyde F. Barker Penn Transplant House, a guest house for transplant patients, families and caregivers. Built on the site of demolished fraternities at 40th and Spruce Streets, the house was designed by star architect Rafael Viñoly and seamlessly integrates within the surrounding 3-4 story residential neighborhood. Contractors and workers donated time and material and the university donated the land. The all-volunteer project also included donations from unions and architects.
The Sayre Health Center was a $1.2M project fueled primarily by volunteer work. LF Driscoll donated construction management services, with time, labor, and materials donated by Burt Hill architects and about 30 area subcontractors and vendors. Located inside Sayre High School, the center provides 40 hours a week of clinical and preventative health care services for Sayre students, their families, and the West Philadelphia Community. LFD Project managers living in the Sayer community played vital roles in the project.
After the devastation of Hurricane Katrina and the recent storm Sandy, LF Driscoll employees, together with donations from the board of directors, raised several thousands of dollars to aid in the relief efforts.
LF Driscoll provided support to Puentes de Salud, Spanish for “Bridges To Health,” a non-profit organization operating a health clinic in south Philadelphia. Established in 2006, the mission of Puentes de Salud is to bring low-cost, high-quality health care and social services to South Philadelphia’s growing Latino population. Puentes de Salud also provides community members with access to health education programs, while addressing social factors that influence community health.
In addition to community events, LF Driscoll participates in several holiday season campaigns where employees continue the tradition of filling more than a few barrels of toys to give area children. Each year since 2012 we collect and donate food to the region’s largest hunger relief organization, Philabundance, with an annual food drive. Philabundance addresses hunger through direct service programs and a network of 500 member agencies, as well as contribute to a broad spectrum of social services through food cupboards, emergency kitchens, shelters, daycare and senior centers and beyond.
We participate each year in The United Way Campaign of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey. For nearly a century, they have responded to the needs of our local community and we are proud to be a member of that effort for several decades.