Building Excellence, November 2016
Since changing its name in August 2015, the Construction Family Assistance (CFA) Foundation has been working to build awareness of its mission and to raise money to help construction families in need. The CFA Foundation is proud to announce that since 2010, it has provided assistance to nearly 20 families of construction workers who have been affected by life-changing construction incidents.
“We have provided over $30,000 in financial support to date to families in need,͟ said Darrell Gossett of ERMCO and President of the CFA Foundation. ͞Over half of our support has occurred in the last two years with the growth and awareness of the Foundation as we have assisted eight different families with $19,500 in financial support.”
The Foundation has assisted families throughout the state of Indiana and from all segments of the industry including building and highway, union and merit shop and in several different industry trades. The impact on the families is immeasurable.
As the son and caregiver of one recipient of CFA Foundation assistance recently messaged to Client Outreach Chairman, Mike Owen of ERMCO, “Let me start by saying I am truly thankful for the blessing you and the CFA Foundation have given us. This helps out tremendously and I know if my dad was conscious he would be grateful as well. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. God bless you.”
The following is a list of the aid the CFA Foundation has provided to date. The company and individual names have been removed to protect their privacy but this list will give you a better idea of the wide range of assistance the Foundation has provided.
Building Excellence, October 2016
The Construction Family Assistance (CFA) Foundation held its Annual Golf Outing on August 25th at the Eagle Creek Golf Club. The outing raised over $25,000 for the CFA Foundation which will be used to help families impacted by a life-changing construction or facilities maintenance workplace accident.
This is the seventh year for the golf outing and it gets better and better each year thanks to the many sponsors. Blood Hound has been the Premier Sponsor since the outing began. Each year they continue to outdo themselves. This year they set up their inflatable Blood Hound at registration and had tents on both the Pines and Sycamore courses to greet all of the participants.
Eight companies came on board this year as Partner Sponsors – AGC of Indiana, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, North Mechanical Contracting, Safety Management Group, Shepherd Financial, Shiel Sexton, Tonn and Blank Construction and Wurster Construction. The Indianapolis Motor Speedway brought their “Grid Girls” to man their booths on both courses where one lucky winner was chosen for a ride in the two-seater Indy Car. Shiel Sexton set up a Kona Ice truck where golfers could cool off with a tasty frozen treat plus had an opportunity to play Plinko and hit a drive with a kid’s driver for a $100 gift card. Shepherd Financial held a putting contest on the practice putting green and gave away a 32″ television.
M.J. Schuetz Insurance Services once again served as the Hole-in-One Sponsor for both courses. Golfers had an opportunity to win $10,000 on one hole on both the Pines and Sycamore courses. Other hole-in-one contests included the chance to win golf clubs or a trip to French Lick Resort. While no one hit a hole-in-one, the special holes provided for a little extra incentive for participants.
Several hole sponsors set up displays and offered contests, beverages and other goodies to the golfers. It all made for a fun and enjoyable day for all of the participants!
AAA Roofing Company
Blue & Co.
Bowen Engineering Corporation
Crowe Horwath LLP
CTI Construction, LLC
Delta Services, Inc.
Electric Plus, Inc.
ERMCO Ferrer Mechanical Services
Hunt Construction Group/AECOM
Kids’ Chance of Indiana
Midwest Toxicology Services
Ray’s Trash Service
Safety Resources, Inc.
Somerset CPAs and Advisors
Trinity Safety Group
Turner Construction Company
Putting Green Sponsors
Indiana Reclamation & Excavating
Building Excellence, September 2016
Meyer Najem, an Indiana-based construction management firm and a leader in supporting many efforts that serve to improve the industry, has made a three-year pledge to the Construction Family Assistance (CFA) Foundation totally $10,000.
CFA is the new name of the formerly named MICCS Foundation. Its purpose is to provide financial assistance to people or families that are affected by a construction or facilities maintenance related incident that causes injury or loss of life.
CFA’s assistance goes beyond that provided by workers’ compensation, other insurance or settlements. Frequently the assistance provided helps to meet immediate needs that occur and for which there are no other avenues for such immediate assistance. Examples of this type of early assistance can range from groceries to car payments, home mortgage payments, counseling services and even funeral expenses
By providing early assistance for these types of needs, CFA seeks to lighten the burden of families during what is perhaps their most vulnerable time.
Traci Hardin is the Vice President of Safety and Compliance for Meyer Najem and as such is responsible for the management of the company safety program for all projects, human resources, diversity, leadership, training and mentoring. She noted that the decision to back the Foundation was easy. “It is part of our culture at Meyer Najem to give back to the community and the industry,” she said.
Hardin believes such ͞giving back͟ means more than just providing financial assistance, as much as that assistance is needed. That is why she recently agreed to serve on the Foundation’s Board of Directors. Hardin’s time is particularly precious given that she also volunteers as the chairwoman of the Educational Outreach Committee for the Coalition for Construction Safety (CCS) and is a member of the Safety Committee of the local chapter of the Associated Building and Contractors (ABC) while also being active in the Indy Chapter of the National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) which she once served as the chapter’s President.
Hardin is a firm believer that the Foundation serves a critically important role in the aftermath of a serious accident. “It is just wrong,” she said, “that a family that is already suffering such grief and emotional strain should also be essentially penalized because the help that is due them takes a few months to actually arrive. So I am very happy to support such an organization that contributes to these families and which helps to alleviate some of their initial financial strain.”
But Hardin also knows that many more companies are needed to step up and financially support CFA because the need is so great. “On the same day that Meyer Najem gave our financial contribution, the family of a young many who had died leaving behind a wife and two small children, was given assistance roughly equaling our annual gift. It was a coincidence but it still highlights the need for more contributions and gifts,” she said.
In addition to their financial contribution and their volunteer support, Meyer Najem will also place a full-page advertisement supporting the Foundation in an upcoming issue of their quarterly magazine, “Insights in Construction.”
The 5th Annual MICCS Foundation Golf Outing raised over $25,000 for the MICCS Foundation. Much of the success can be attributed to the event’s premier sponsor, Blood Hound, Inc. who not only sponsored the event, but also donated an additional $5,000 to the MICCS Foundation but also matched an addition $3,700. Other contributors included ABC of Indiana/Kentucky, Wurster Construction, BMWC Constructors, Mattison Corporation and MJ Schuetz Insurance Services.
The event, held at the Trophy Club in Lebanon on August 28, sold out with 36 foursomes vying for the top prize. Fox Contractors was the winner with a score of 27 under par.
The MICCS Foundation has launched its new website which features information about the organization. Explore the site to learn more about the mission of the Foundation as well as how you can contribute to this worthy cause.