Faced with needs greater than ever and the challenges of a global pandemic, Fluor’s commitment to developing the next generation workforce is more vital than ever as we celebrate the 20th year of the Building Futures Program.
Building Futures began in North America in 2001 to support the educational achievement of K-12 students. Seeing its immediate success, Bob Fluor II, former vice president of Community Affairs, launched the program globally. Twenty years later, with employee donations totaling tens of thousands of dollars in cash and school supplies and thousands of volunteer hours, Building Futures has served more than 204,000 students around the world in locations where Fluor has a presence.
This year, Building Futures served 8,585 students at 51 schools and organizations in 32 locations. Limitations caused by COVID-19 challenged employees to implement creative strategies for engagement in Building Futures activities, resulting in contributions valued above $492,000 USD. All of this was made possible by 144 volunteers who donated 545 hours of their time and talent.
This remarkable achievement under unprecedented circumstances began with participating offices and project sites quickly identifying ways to implement Building Futures while safely addressing students’ unique learning needs by non-traditional methods.
Building Futures benefits from many long-term partnerships with schools and community organizations, including seven years with the Irving Schools Foundation in Texas, 15 years with the Boys and Girls Clubs of Long Beach and Capistrano Valley in Southern California and 20 years each with local schools in Fort Bend County, Texas, and Communities in Schools of Greenville County, South Carolina.
Whether the partnership is longstanding or recently established, there is no doubt that Fluor is making an impact.
Fluor employees’ history of finding innovative solutions to real problems helped us meet the challenges caused by COVID-19, enabling the resources provided by Building Futures that are critical to student success. This year, as in years past, Fluor built a better world for students in need.
Fluor Cares volunteers deliver school supplies to students at Colegio Parroquial Santa Ana in Peru.
Back to school supplies are delivered to members of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Long Beach at a drive-thru event in Southern California.