Recognizing employees for donating their time and talent and providing volunteer programs that foster pride, loyalty and camaraderie are strong building blocks for employee engagement at CH2M. Our appreciation for the passion our employees bring to work every day and concern for their well-being are among the reasons the CH2M Foundation supports our employees by rewarding their volunteer service.
Service has been part of CH2M’s culture since our founding in 1946 by a civil engineering professor and three of his students who wanted to make a difference at home after returning home from WWII. Today, the CH2M Foundation is proud to expand its scope to support global organizations contributing to STEM education and environmental stewardship while remaining true to our roots of empowering our employees to make a difference.
Contributing technical expertise to help build a better world
According to a study by True Impact, skills-based volunteers are 142 percent more likely to gain job-related skills than traditional volunteers and 47 percent more likely to report high satisfaction from volunteering than traditional volunteers.
Our Travel Grants program enables employees to support the work of our strategic partners Bridges to Prosperity, Engineers Without Borders and Water For People.
Travel Grants from the Foundation enable employees to use their technical skills to better our world through skills-based volunteer experiences with Bridges to Prosperity, Engineers Without Borders USA (EWB) and Water For People. In the seven years since CH2M launched the EWB Travel Grant program, the Foundation has awarded 150 grants totaling nearly US$550,000 supporting employee travel to assist on projects in 25 countries. In 2014, the CH2M Foundation provided grants totaling nearly $13,000 to support employees traveling with Water For People’s World Water Corps supporting projects in India and Nicaragua. In 2014, the Foundation piloted its first team skills-based volunteer project with Bridges to Prosperity with 11 of our transportation employees building a 45 meter suspension bridge in La Conga, Panama. Building off the success of that partnership, we partnered with Bridges to Prosperity to support two teams constructing pedestrian suspension bridges in Rwanda and Nicaragua in summer 2015.
Helping During Tragedies
At no time is philanthropy more needed than in a disaster response, which is why the CH2M Foundation teams with the American Red Cross and International Red Cross and Red Crescent. In 2013, employee generosity worldwide in the wake of Typhoon Hiayan in the Philippines resulted in a $75,000 charitable impact combining employee giving and a Foundation matching gift. The Foundation also assisted the victims of Colorado’s devastating wildfire season. In support of the 2015 Nepal Earthquake relief, the CH2M Foundation and CH2M employees donated more than $71,000.
1Study by True Impact
2Deloitte 2011 Volunteer IMPACT Survey
30Lloyd Morgan survey