TEMPE, Ariz. (Dec. 17, 2020) – Adolfson and Peterson (AP) went the extra mile to make the holidays a little merrier for children and animals in Maricopa County this year.
Riverside Maricopa Institute of Technology Toy Drive
AP partnered with the Riverside Maricopa Institute of Technology (MIT), a STEM-focused college preparatory high school, to donate toys to children and families hit hard by the pandemic.
The Tempe team donated approximately 50 toys, including two bicycles, to help MIT reach it’s 150-toy donation goal. In the coming days, MIT will distribute those toys to children in the school’s surrounding neighborhoods.
“As a construction manager and general contractor, AP’s work in the community doesn’t end when facilities are built,” said Regional Manager Scott Salyer. “We place a big emphasis on giving back, and we’re happy to partner with MIT to make the holidays a little brighter for children and families.”
AP is currently working on MIT’s Phase II Expansion project, which consists of new track, football, soccer, baseball, and softball fields with four dugouts, as well as transportation and concessions buildings. The project team includes of Project Manager Vincent Castillo, Superintendent Bill Wressell, Assistant Superintendent Corbin Olson and Project Engineer Heather Kain.
The Santa Paws Project
AP is making sure kids aren’t the only ones getting toys this Christmas. The Tempe team is also participating in the Santa Paws Project, a toy drive for dogs and cats in residence at Maricopa County Animal Care and Control.
This is the second year AP Southwest has participated in the pet toy drive. And they weren’t shy about rallying the team for support, placing a donation box in the middle of the office throughout December to encourage everyone to donate.
Project Engineer Heather Kain put Santa Paws on AP’s radar in 2019, but she credits her father-in-law for bringing her family’s personal passion into her professional world.
“Every year around Christmas, my father-in-law collects new toys, treats, beds and food for dogs and cats at nonprofit shelters,” said Kain. “His colleague actually founded the Santa Paws toy drive six years ago, so our team’s show of support for a cause that’s important to me and my family is incredibly humbling.”
Salvation Army Rescue Christmas Drive
The Tempe team also collectively donated $77 for the Salvation Army Southwest Division’s Rescue Christmas drive.