Supporting STEM education and promoting the learning environments of future engineers from the time they explore potential career options until they actually choose a career path.
Founded in 1919, Garver is an employee-owned multi-disciplined engineering, planning, architectural, and environmental services firm. GarverGives, the company’s corporate giving program, enables Garver to uplift the communities where its employees and clients live and work through charitable contributions and philanthropic activities. Through GarverGives, Garver focuses its contributions and encourages employee engagement in three areas – STEM education, community stewardship, and employee gift matching. During Garver’s centennial year in 2019, GarverGives supported more than 320 organizations, contributed more than $323,000 in funding, and devoted more than 800 employee community service hours.Grant Application
The GarverGives committee in Tulsa, Oklahoma chose to center their efforts on A New Leaf, a charity in Broken Arrow that provides the developmentally disabled with life skills and job training. First, Tulsa employees participated in a drive to raise money after the organization was vandalized. Then, Garver held a pancake breakfast. The breakfast raised $2,000 by selling tickets at $10 each, which was matched by GarverGives.
In each of the last two years, Garver’s North Little Rock office has sponsored Tinkerfest, a day dedicated to promoting the exploration of engineering and science hosted by the Museum of Discovery. With more than 40 hands-on activities, Garver employees donated time to assist with the set up and production of the event, while also hosting a “Garverville” exhibit that consisted of various buildings made out of Legos. In the last two years, GarverGives has contributed $4,500 in grants to the Museum.
The Frisco GarverGives committee has routinely maximized its employees’ efforts. In 2016, it engaged other Texas offices to raise $7,000 through employee matching and volunteer time, surpassing an original goal of $4,200. It also helped the Frisco Independent School District scholarship funds for its Project Lead the Way students. A total of $7,660 has been donated to scholarship funds through employee matching and grants.