By Mark Holan, editorial director, ARTBA

In the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, Wagman donated N95 masks and safety glasses from its corporate office in York, Pa., to WellSpan Health, a local hospital. On May 1, the firm’s employees got involved with “Give Local York,” which benefits nonprofit organizations throughout the county, including food banks and the United Way’s COVID-19 Relief Fund. The Wagman team contributed nearly $55,000 of the $3.5 million raised during the 24-hour event. The firm matched 42 gifts made by its employees.

Throughout May, Wagman is also conducting annual employee-driven clothing drives at all its offices. The first truckload of clothing was delivered May 1 to Harvest of Blessing in York, above, which helps the homeless and others with increased needs due to the pandemic.

ARTBA is highlighting stories about how its member firms are going “above and beyond” their duties in the transportation design and construction industry to provide relief to local communities during the COVID-19 pandemic. See Part 1 of this series. Here are more new examples:

  • The Arben Group, a member through the Construction Industry Council of Westchester County, N.Y., supported emergency room nurses and doctors at Phelps Hospital with twice weekly deliveries of burgers, sandwiches, and salads. Two to four Arben employees made each run from mid-March through the end of April. The firm also donated N95 masks to the hospital.
  • Arizona Transportation Builders Association is supporting essential workers through a t-shirt drive. The shirts feature the ATBA logo on the front and the message: “Essential Workers/Essential Industry Supporting Our Community” on the back. ATBA partnered with Tucson-based Garment Graphics & Promotion Products. All profits from the sale of the $15 shirts support a local food bank. Send orders to ATBA’s Michele Bettini.
  • Public-Private Partnership (P3) Division member Itinera Infrastructure & Concessions helped distribute 16 tons of food from North Carolina to Massachusetts through affiliated construction company Halmar International and its partnership with the Halmar Friesen Racing Team. After the stock car team’s #52 semi-trailer was loaded with food donations at its Statesville, N.C. headquarters, the 917-mile “Race to Beat Hunger” included five pit stops at food banks in Maryland, New Jersey, New York City, Upstate New York, and Western Massachusetts. Watch video highlights of the May 11-13 journey. Developer and equity provider Itinera’s Chris Larson is on the P3 Division’s board of directors.
  • Samantha O’Farrell, a civil engineer in Jacobs’ Jacksonville, Florida office didn’t let her lack of sewing prowess stop her from helping her community. She’s using a 3D printer at home to churn out “ear-savers”–plastic pieces that alleviate the pressure of a face mask’s elastic bands on the ears – a welcome relief for healthcare professionals working long hours on the front lines of the COVID-19 crisis. Read the full story.
  • Transurban contributed over $50,000 to the Northern Virginia Family Service during the May 5 #GivingTuesdayNow fundraiser to support local communities during and after the COVID-19 crisis. The firm’s $25,000 donation and $10,000 matching contribution were boosted by more than $16,000 raised from employees and community members, exceeding a goal set at the beginning of the initiative. The firm continues to invest in programs to support its workforce, customers and the local community.

Tell us what your firm is doing. Please contact ARTBA Editorial Director Mark Holan. Photos are encouraged.