We’re bridging divides to build a better world. Parsons is partnered with Bridges to Prosperity (B2P), a nonprofit organization dedicated to building footbridges over impassable rivers so isolated communities have access to essential healthcare, education, and economic opportunities. Parsons has been supporting B2P since 2015. In 2016, Parsons participated in its first B2P bridge-building project, sending an 11-member team to Colombia to design and construct a unique 58-meter footbridge over the La Guaya River that melded two distinct bridge designs. In 2017, Parsons sent an 11-member team to Panama to build a 47-meter footbridge over the Rio Grande River. In 2018, we again sent a team of 11 volunteers to Panama (Banacito) , this time to build a 106-meter suspension footbridge serving a community of 700 residents.
Elie Homsi, PE, Senior Vice President and a Parsons Fellow, currently serves as the Chairman Emeritus of the Board of B2P.
In 2019, we participated in two pedestrian build projects with B2P. In March, Parsons, in partnership with Kiewit, sent the first all-female team of 10 to Rukarakara, Rwanda—a community of 6,000 people approximately 112 kilometers southwest of the capital city of Kigali—to build a 58-meter suspended footbridge over the Mudasomwa River. In July we sent a 10-member team from across Parsons to build a 41-meter suspended pedestrian bridge in Miguelito, Bolivia.
Since our founding in 1944, we have supported educational, cultural, and civic organizations in the communities where our employees live and work. We have also sponsored various nonprofits, programs, and events.
“Parsons’ continuing involvement with Bridges to Prosperity embodies our core values of safety, quality, integrity, diversity, innovation, and sustainability, and our corporate social responsibility principle that corporate success and social well-being are interdependent,” said Carey Smith, Parsons Chief Operating Officer. “Through our Parsons Gives Back Program, we work with Bridges to Prosperity on many levels and are proud to volunteer our time helping to connect isolated communities to vital services.”
To learn how we’re delivering a better world, visit our Parsons Gives Back Program page.