The Sundt Foundation donated $100,000 to aid five Valley nonprofits to address the increased need due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Matthew’s Crossing, Aster Empowered, Midwest Food Bank, Chrysalis and Community Alliance Against Family Abuse each received $20,000 in relief aid.
“So many are hurting during this pandemic across the Valley,” said Cathie Gabriel, the Sundt Foundation’s Tempe region board member. “Our employee-owners wanted to support the most vulnerable during these uncertain times. Being able to support the community where we live and work in this kind of way is very gratifying for all of us. Sundt made an additional $200,000 available in April to provide COVID-19 relief. Half of that ($100,000) stayed in the Phoenix Valley and the rest was distributed to nonprofits in other cities.”
Because of the recent unemployment, many in the Valley are experiencing food insecurity during this pandemic. Matthew’s Crossing and Midwest Food Bank remain open and are providing food distributions. Matthew’s Crossing has temporarily relocated to provide drive-through food distribution. Aster Empowered Meals on Wheels program is a lifeline for home-bound older or disabled adults in Mesa.
Due to the stay-at-home order, many places have seen a rise in domestic abuse. Chrysalis continues to focus on helping individuals and families break free of relationships riddled with fear and violence and discover confidence, resilience and hope during these uncertain times. Likewise, Community Alliance Against Family Abuse services remains available to survivors of domestic and sexual violence during the COVID-19 crisis.
The Sundt Foundation additionally awarded $93,552 to numerous organizations across the Greater Phoenix region as part of its regularly quarterly grant cycle. The United Food Bank and the ICM Food and Clothing Bank received $10,000 each. Additional grant recipients include Foster Your Future, Arizona Cancer Foundation for Children, Arizona Career Pathways, Helen’s Hope Chest, Dress for Success Phoenix, East Valley JCC, Will2Walk Foundation, Mountain Park Health Center, Women 4 Women Tempe, Inc., Arizona Helping Hands, AZCEND, Gabriel’s Angels, Treasure House, Neighborhood Ministries, Inc., Diana Gregory Outreach Services, Soldier’s Best Friend, Mercy Housing Southwest, Free Arts for Abused Children of Arizona, Upward for Children and Families and United States Veterans Initiative.
The Sundt Foundation awards grants each quarter to area charities that support disadvantaged children and families. Nonprofit recipients are selected through an application process and reviewed by a committee of Sundt employee-owners.
Sundt’s purpose is to build environments where its clients, employee-owners and communities prosper. The Sundt Foundation was established in 1999 as a way for employee-owners to give back to the communities in which they live and work. The organization is funded primarily by contributions from Sundt employees, which are matched by the company. To date, the Foundation has awarded more than $10.5 million in donations. Nonprofit organizations interested in applying for a grant may call (480) 293-3000 or visit https://www.sundt.com/social-responsibility/community-involvement/ for more information. Sundt has offices in Tempe and Tucson, Arizona; Salt Lake City, Utah; San Antonio, Fort Worth, Irving and El Paso, Texas; and Sacramento, San Diego and Irvine, California.
Sundt Construction, Inc. is one of the country’s largest and most respected general contractors. The 130-year-old firm specializes in building, transportation, industrial and concrete work and is owned entirely by its 1,700-plus employees. Sundt is distinguished by its diverse capabilities and experience, unique employee-ownership culture and depth of self-perform expertise in nine major trades. Half of Sundt’s workforce is comprised of skilled craft professionals who, together with the company’s administrative employees, enable Sundt to fulfill its mission to be the most skilled builder in America. Sundt has 11 offices throughout California, Arizona, Texas and Utah and is currently ranked the country’s 52nd largest construction company by ENR, the industry’s principal trade magazine.