By Alexandra Davis, Corporate Sustainability intern
Throughout the holiday season, Thornton Tomasetti employees give generously to children and families in need, donating toys, books, clothes and food to organizations like the Salvation Army and Urban Land Institute through drives administered by our local offices. In 2018, our New York, Wall Street office marked its eighth year of collection for the U.S. Marine Corps Toys for Tots program by gathering hundreds of stuffed animals, toys and games – more than in any previous year – for disadvantaged children.
But while it’s fun and rewarding to be the bearer of gifts during the winter holidays, employee giving is not limited to a particular season. This year, through our Thornton Tomasetti Gives Back community-service program, more than 130 employees devoted upwards of 1,500 volunteer hours to causes they care about. Across more than 17 offices, employees organized volunteer days to assist local organizations and communities. Their activities included pulling weeds and planting native flora near the East River Park (in partnership with New York’s Lower East Side Ecology Center); cooking for Washington, D.C.’s Central Kitchen, using donated food to create meals for area shelters; and teaching children about sustainable design at a remote island school in Maine. Thornton Tomasetti offers 16 hours of paid community-service time – and additional hours for mentoring children in STEM subjects – to keep the holiday spirit alive year-round.
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