On Friday May 10th, a group of ten H. J. High employees met at the beautiful Shingle Creek golf course to serve Project Walk Orlando during their 4th Annual Golf Benefit. Our work with Project Walk Orlando resulted from our first ever “H. J. High Gives Back” Facebook contest in which we let our Facebook friends select one of the charities we would work with this year.
When H. J. High held our first ever “H. J. High Gives Back” Facebook contest, we really had no idea what types of charitable organizations we would be introduced to. We were amazed to receive 188 responses to our contest!
When we are not constructing buildings for people, we enjoy building reefs for oysters. For the second consecutive year, the H. J. High team mobilized its charity crew to work with the Nature Conservancy and Dr. Linda Walters from the University of Central Florida (UCF), Canaveral National Seashore, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to help restore oyster reefs in the Indian River Lagoon.
The oyster reefs are being destroyed by boat wakes, causing us to lose approximately 85% of our reefs globally. Oyster reefs are critical to our ecosystem for several reasons:
For the second straight year the employees of H. J. High went “charity camping” at Quest’s Camp Thunderbird in Apopka. The project this year was designing and building a pavilion on the observation deck overlooking the lake for the camp’s physical and behavioral challenged summer campers. Since 1969 Quest’s Camp Thunderbird has been dedicated to providing a real summer camp experience for people with special needs.
Under the direction of H. J. High’s chief estimator and camper at heart Randy Carroll a plan was designed, materials were purchased and the H. J. High campers cut, hoisted and assembled a beautiful new lakeside observation platform roof structure. For those less crafty, we also helped by adding a new coat of paint to the restroom facilities in one of the many buildings on site and cleaned and organized various areas in need of some TLC. It was a hot spring day, but our team managed to beat the heat and finish our projects with a smile.
January 20, 2012
H. J. High employees gathered on January 6, 2012 for our First Friday celebration and to hear presentations for charitable organizations which H. J. High may be involved in for 2012. Each year employees are welcomed to nominate a charity and give a small presentation on why H. J. High should lend our services and how we can help. We then vote on which charities we would like to participate in. The three charities with the most votes are our sponsored charities for the year. We heard some great presentations this year, even some familiar charities we have elected to help in the past. After taking in all the information, we cast our votes and here are the results: