Our employees dedicate hundreds of volunteer hours each year in their local communities.
Do What You Can Day
On November 9, 2016, Simpson Strong-Tie North American branches participated in our first annual Do What You Can Day event. Do What You Can Day was inspired by Barc Simpson’s Principle #8, “The company feels an obligation to the system and the country that spawned it, as well as to humanity in general.” In it, Barc says, “It is our responsibility to reach out, in whatever manner we can to support others. . .Look for small ways to give back every day. Help out your neighbor, make time for others, do what you can.” The event is a way to give employees the opportunity to remember our founder Barc Simpson, and commemorate and continue his philanthropic legacy.
As part of the inaugural event, each Simpson Strong-Tie branch in North America participated in a voluntary charitable giving activity. The four main branches and Home Office all did a meal-packing project with the non-profit organization Stop Hunger Now. Together we packed over 63,000 meals for children and families in need! Other branches held food, clothing or necessities drives, or found other ways to participate.
We will continue to expand this annual program to our international facilities.
Habitat for Humanity
Over 350 attendees to our International Sales Meeting in Tucson, AZ in 2017 participated in a Habitat build with the local Habitat Tucson affiliate. This is our largest Habitat build in our company’s history. We raised walls, shingled roofs, landscaped, painted interiors and much more in a 13-house community. With all of the hard work, we were able to move up the construction schedule by two weeks!
Joining Habitat in Building Safe, Strong Homes
Simpson Strong-Tie has been a national sponsor of Habitat for Humanity International since 2007, donating nearly $3 million in cash and products to support Habitat houses across North America as well as international programs. Our employees have contributed hundreds of employee hours in building homes and training local Habitat affiliates along with joining the Jimmy and Rosalyn Work Projects in the Gulf Coast and Haiti to repair and build homes affected by natural disasters. “Our employees are very proud to support Habitat and to work alongside people who truly want to build and live in safe, strong, affordable homes. Habitat provides a valuable service to our community and we are honored to be a part of it,” said CEO Karen Colonias.
Simpson Strong-Tie is the lead sponsor of Habitat for Humanity’s Habitat Strong program. Established in 2015, Habitat Strong is meant to help Habitat affiliates build more disaster-resilient homes using criteria established by IBHS (Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety). The program is available to all Habitat organizations across the country, and is designed to be affordable while offering long-lasting benefits to Habitat homeowners.
In addition, employees organize projects throughout the year, giving their time and effort to participate in food drives, toy and clothing drives, marathons, charity runs and a variety of other projects that help their local communities.
Giving Back to Military Families
As part of our annual International Sales Meeting, Simpson Strong-Tie employees participate in a “Put Something Back” team-building activity with a charitable component. In 2015, the 350 meeting attendees assembled, painted and decorated 20 playhouses as part of a Habitat for Humanity build project.
The Habitat for Humanity East Bay/Silicon Valley affiliate in Northern California worked with Blue Star Moms, a membership organization for mothers whose children are serving or have served in the U.S. Armed Forces. Blue Star Moms identified military families with young children who would appreciate the playhouses.
Local families came to the meeting, held in Tucson, AZ, to pick up their playhouses. Simpson Strong-Tie is proud to participate in charitable opportunities like this one to maintain our founder Barc Simpson’s legacy of giving back to our communities.