Three Alabama AGC members were honored at the 2016 BuildSouth awards for their excellence in community service. Caddell Construction Co., Starke Agency and TTL, Inc. each took home the top honor.
Caddell Construction Co.
Since its inception in 1983, Caddell Construction Co. has been a major contributor to the Montgomery area community including programs for the poor, elderly, physically challenged, children at risk, service men and their families, and victims of natural disasters, among others. Caddell has led the way in direct financial and volunteer support to Montgomery’s most important cultural activities including the Montgomery Zoo, Montgomery Symphony, historical preservation groups and a number of other Montgomery-based organizations working hard to improve the community for all of its citizens.
Taking a cue from company founder John Caddell, community involvement is an integral part of the Caddell Construction DNA. The following are some of the primary community involvements of Caddell Construction Company:
Caddell has been one of the Montgomery area’s largest and most active United Way participant firms for more than 30 years. Designated as a “Pacesetter” company, Caddell is a community leader in the total dollars donated, percentage of employee participation, and general level of support provided to United Way programs throughout the year. Caddell averages more than 80% employee participation including scores of Caddell employees that donate a full 1% of their annual income.
Caddell was a founding member of the Montgomery Chapter of “Rebuilding Together,” a group devoted to renovating and rehabilitating substandard housing for underprivileged Montgomery-area citizens. For 20 years, Caddell has donated $2500 and two days of employee time to provide home repair and construction teams for more than 20 separate homes.
Caddell was the first corporate sponsor of the Montgomery Area Council on the Aging (MACOA). In addition to their annual contribution, Caddell supports employees who participate in the Meals-On-Wheels program.
Caddell contributes a minimum of $1000 each month to a wide range of local organizations, was a founding member of the Dragon Boat Races community fundraising event, has been providing disaster relief since 1990, had a record-breaking fundraiser for Walk for Diabetes in 2015, among a number of other charitable initiatives.
Starke Agency in Montgomery served the entire Montgomery and River Region area by being a Meals on Wheels corporate sponsor and, additionally, with their in-house Alabama vs. Auburn Food Drive. The company got together to make an impact on the community – ensuring that meals for those in need were a necessity, not an option. They set up a Meals on Wheels calendar for their 28 employees to rotate shifts participating in meal deliveries each week throughout the year. They made the deliveries extra special through the holidays, like making pumpkin baskets filled with Halloween treats that accompanied their October meals.
Starke’s Alabama versus Auburn food drive was another service initiative that, not only allowed the company to give back to the community via the Montgomery Area Food Bank, but also allowed for some healthy competition amongst the employees. Starke employees were encouraged to donate canned goods or to make monetary food bank donations to help spur a win for their team. The Alabama fans collected 129 lbs. of food, while the Auburn fans collected 25 lbs. and, with over $500 in monetary donations and both teams’ efforts, Starke Agency was able to make a donation that equaled 3,762 lbs. of food.
Since 2007, TTL, Inc. has been increasing literacy and encouraging the reading skills of elementary school children with their Accelerated Reader’s Recognition Program. TTL first piloted the program with Martin Luther King elementary in the Tuscaloosa City School system. Today, they have expanded the program in school systems throughout the southeast where TTL has offices in cities like Shorter and Decatur, AL, Albany and Valdosta, GA, and Nashville, TN. TTL currently donated approximately $1,500 per school each school year to six different elementary schools throughout the southeast.
In order to combat students’ low level of interest in the pre-existing reading programs, TTL’s system adds excitement by creating a “store” where students can purchase items with “bucks” they have earned by reading books and successfully passing comprehension tests. At the beginning of each school year, TTL employees take 2 to 3 students and 2 to 3 teachers to shop for the items to be placed in their store, allowing the students to participate in the selection of the items that will be purchased. TTL employees also get involved in the kickoff programs for Accelerated Reader Programs each school year.
The program has been so successful and well received, that in 2010 the Engineers’ Leadership Foundation started a leadership group of engineers to pilot a nationwide reading program called “Engineering Better Readers” that was modeled after the TTL program. TTL’s hope is that other businesses throughout our communities see the value of increasing the literacy skills of elementary school students and adopt this model for a school in their community.