The work of Habitat for Humanity is deeply interconnected with each community we serve. It’s the result of many people coming together and meeting families where they live to partner with them to improve their housing. From individuals to civic groups to business partners, each and every means of support is important and ties together to help us in our mission to build a better community where everyone has a decent place to live.
While we strive to build a better community, it’s vitally important to highlight the efforts of our community partners. By sharing their stories others may begin to see themselves in the Habitat story, and find their own meaningful way to support the mission.
A look at Barton Malow
Barton Malow Company is ranked among one of the top construction firms in the United States. Its national network of offices delivers new construction, renovation and expansion projects throughout North America. Over the years, Barton Malow has earned a reputation as an industry leader that pushes the quality and innovation envelope, and just as with each project they lead, they have also earned a reputation of providing extraordinary dedication to community service.
In 1954, the Barton Malow Foundation was established, and for over 60 years the company has donated on average five percent of earnings to charities. Last year, they donated more than $300,000 and over 3000 hours in employee volunteer time supporting many organizations and causes.
“Our Core Purpose as an organization is “Building with the American Spirit: People, Projects, Communities. Giving back is what ties them all together. Through giving back, our People grow and our Projects are better integrated with their Communities. That is why Habitat for Humanity is such a perfect fit for Barton Malow; it allows our people to use their building skills on a project, a home, that will positively impact the community.”
Chairman of Barton Malow Enterprise, Executive Vice President of Barton Malow Company
and Board Liaison for the Barton Malow Company Foundation
Barton Malow’s efforts with Habitat for Humanity began more than 15 years ago in Southfield, Michigan, where the company’s headquarters is located. Since that time, the company has consistently provided approximately 100 volunteers annually for Habitat Builds across the United States. Their LEAPs internship program completes at least two builds a year, in addition to company-wide builds and its leadership role in local Woman’s Builds. Their contribution begins with volunteers, but it certainly doesn’t end there. They help in many other ways such as providing and securing donated materials and services for builds, including concrete and labor for poured slabs, driveways and prep sites. In fact, since 2011, Barton Malow has donated more than $100,000 to Habitat for Humanity and its affiliates.
Building a better community and leaving a lasting legacy
The partnership between the Halifax Habitat for Humanity and Barton Malow is a story of building a better community, and also one of leaving a legacy.
Since beginning their work with the Daytona Rising project, the local team of Barton Malow employees has volunteered at many Habitat build sites. Doug Gorman, Barton Malow’s general superintendent of the Daytona team, decided at one of their first Daytona volunteer days to make it his mission to sponsor an entire house. Just a week after making his mission known to his team and a short time after celebrating his 60th birthday, Doug suddenly and unexpectedly passed away.
Beth Overmyer, a cost analyst who worked with Gorman said his life was an inspiring story of strength. At a Barton Malow superintendent’s race, he tracked the most steps and miles every day. In one day he clocked over 20 miles. Just one story of perseverance for this Vietnam veteran, who had lost half his foot while serving in Vietnam.
“Doug was an extraordinarily generous person. He had a quirky personality, and was always upbeat,” said Overmyer. “He had all gears moving forward every day and was really excited to get more active in our work with Habitat.”
In 2016, Barton Malow is sponsoring a house for Halifax Habitat for Humanity in Gorman’s name, to carry on the Barton Malow commitment to community and help carry on Gorman’s legacy. Overmyer said Gorman was passionate about sponsoring a house and that his very untimely passing made the Daytona team think ‘we need to make this happen.’
The News Journal recently reported that in January, Barton Malow, the primary contractor for the $400 million Daytona Rising renovation project, will hand the keys of the massive motorsports stadium to Daytona International Speedway President Joie Chitwood III. Soon after, they will help hand over the keys of a new Habitat house to a Daytona Beach family who has demonstrated their housing need, ability to pay and willingness to partner with Habitat for Humanity.
Join the Halifax Habitat for Humanity partners. Call us 386-257-9950 to talk about your company and how you can get involved.
This post was first published by Lori Gillooly, Executive Director on LinkedIn.