As part of our Parsons Gives Back Program, we continually evaluate our community’s ever-changing needs, providing support to educational, cultural, and civic organizations in the communities where our employees live and work. Charitable contributions, in-kind donations, and volunteerism directly correlate with improving the quality of life while making the world a better place.
Our community involvement mirrors the values we hold as a company, especially our six core values. We have supported multiple nonprofit organizations for numerous years while others reflect our growth and expansion into new markets and geographies:
We continue to support the Al Noor Training Centre for Children with Special Needs in the United Arab Emirates by inviting the group to set up its Smiles N’ Stuff booth at the Parsons Abu Dhabi office. Smiles N’ Stuff is Al Noor’s very own vocational training gift shop—the only one of its kind in the Gulf Cooperation Council—where all the products being sold are handcrafted by children with special needs. The Al Noor Centre provides effective quality training to children who have Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, autism, and other challenges.
We have donated to the ACS of San Gabriel/Pomona Valley since 1976. We have raised more than $3.1 million for the ACS, which is dedicated to helping those who face cancer.
Our Charlotte, North Carolina, office has participated in BB&T Corporate Cup (formerly known as YMCA Corporate Cup), a 5k run/walk and half-marathon through uptown Charlotte and its adjacent neighborhoods since 1984. Proceeds from our fundraiser help the YMCA build strong kids, families, and communities in Charlotte. In addition, all BB&T Corporate Cup proceeds benefit the YMCA’s programs and services that nurture the potential of kids and teens, promote healthy living, foster a sense of social responsibility, and strengthen the foundations of the community. The Corporate Cup continues to celebrate healthy competition while giving back to the community.
Since 2007, our California employees and their families have been a part of Big Sunday, the largest volunteer event in the United States and one of Los Angeles’ annual community service events. Our employees have worked on projects ranging from participating in a local food bank to clearing brush in canyon areas.
In 2015, we became the Country Partner for Bridges to Prosperity, a nonprofit dedicated to providing isolated communities with access to essential healthcare, education, and economic opportunities by building footbridges over impassable rivers. Parsons has also supported the organization’s bridge-building program in Rwanda via its annual Bridges and Birdies Golf Tournament.
We continue to partner with this group, which is dedicated to providing affordable housing for low-income families around the world. Since 1998, more than 200 Parsons employees and their families have put in thousands of volunteer hours working on homes across the United States, most recently in Maryland. We have also provided monetary donations.
Established in California in the 1960s, our undergraduate/graduate scholarship program was expanded in 2009 to include the dependents of our full-time employees attending an accredited college or university. In 2016, Parsons awarded 31 scholarships worth $119,000 under our annual scholarship program: 12 first-time recipients and 19 renewed scholarships.
We understand the value of introducing students to science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) and have spearheaded and/or supported STEM internship and in-school programs.