"There were a lot of young families and children housed in the shelter. We instantly knew this was a place we needed to help."
Cornerstone Project Manager Jake Chenevey
When up to 500 members of a pipeline construction crew move into a small community, the lives of its residents can be affected. So the project team for the 50-mile Cornerstone Pipeline construction between Cadiz and Canton, Ohio, searched for a way to make a lasting difference.
On August 7, the Cornerstone Pipeline Project Team partnered with contractors and vendors to host a golf outing in Bolivar, Ohio. The event ultimately raised more than $35,000 for a homeless shelter and sober-living facility in Tuscarawas County, Ohio.
The project began with a search for the right charity.
“We wanted to make sure it aligned with our corporate values,” explains Jay Logsdon, Cornerstone’s construction manager. “Allison Keeton, our engineering co-op, compiled a list of potential area recipients, and we decided to further investigate Friends of the Homeless.”
A tour revealed a boiler and some asbestos-wrapped ductwork requiring repair/replacement, and the overall facility needed an update to a more homelike environment. But the residents of the shelter were the deciding factor, including a young mother struggling to make a start in life with her baby – a sight that hit home for the team.
“There were a lot of young families and children housed in the shelter,” says Cornerstone Project Manager Jake Chenevey. “We instantly knew this was a place we needed to help. Our original goal was $30,000, but we were able to raise more than $35,000 for some people desperately in need. It was an awesome project and event, enabling us to positively impact so many people.”
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