2019 was a great year for Absolute Group and has been fortunate enough to make large impacts in many organizations throughout their communities!
Absolute Group has worked with Life Serve Blood Center again this year hosting four blood drives for the community. Along with hosting blood drives, they have been able to make donations to schools and communities from Marshalltown, Zearing, Ballard, Ankeny, & DC-G. Absolute provided funds for Slater’s annual 4th of July celebrations, supporting local fire and EMS departments; paid for signs at ball fields, and uniforms for little league teams.
They participated in Corporate Games last year competing in actives against other corporations in the Metro to help promote teamwork, company pride and wellness. One of the events they participated in was Meals for the Heartland, where they packed meals for delivery to malnourished people. The meals will be used in the US, in disaster relief areas and sent worldwide.
Absolute Group has also been able to raise and donate money to larger organizations; such as CASA of Iowa, Iowa Sports Foundation – Adaptive Sports Iowa, and Variety Children’s Charity. In March of 2019, Absolute Group teamed up with PDM and took part in the annual Variety Children’s Charity Telethon which raised a considerable amount.
The 4th annual Absolute Group event had support from 20 other companies that helped raise funds for YESS -Youth Emergency Services and Shelter. YESS provides a safety net of programs designed to help kids when they need it most, including emergency shelter, crisis nursery care, mental health counseling, and care coordination. As Iowa's largest provider of emergency services for youth, the agency connects more than 2,000 children per year with healing and hope.
Special thanks to Jamie Klootwyk, Nathan Miner and Nicholette Mausser.
Cedar Valley Corporation
Cedar Valley’s company philosophy continues to be one of giving back to the industry and communities from which they draw their livelihood. Numerous organizations benefit from Cedar Valley’s philanthropic attitude including a generous donation to the The Grow Cedar Valley’s “Leader in Me” campaign (Refer to Screen) that empowers students with the leadership and life skills they need to thrive in the 21st century. CVC’s Safety Director and HR Manager personally addressed members of the Truck Driver & Transportation programs at Hawkeye Community College to discuss the opportunities and challenges of truck driving in the construction industry.
Employees of CVC have contributed a portion of their salary to adopt families during the holiday season. The money is used to purchase food for Thanksgiving dinner,Christmas gifts for each individual, food for Christmas dinner, paper products, cleaning supplies and nonperishable food items to help stock their pantries.
CVC employees have also contributed a portion of their salary to assist local veterans in need of assistance.
Cedar Valley has endowed a scholarship that is awarded annually to a heavy highway construction engineering student each year at Iowa State University. Monetary donations were also given to support to these listed organizations and others.
Special thanks to Jeff Bowers & Destiny Dietrick.
Des Moines Asphalt and Paving
Des Moines Asphalt & Paving (DMAP) awarded its 2nd annual scholarship which was open for all employees' children who were graduating from high school in 2019. The scholarship was available to students continuing their education at a college, university, or technical school.
In March 2019, Iowa and Nebraska was hit with heavy flooding. DMAP’s sister company in Nebraska (Omni Engineering) had several employees impacted by the flooding. The DMAP office collected cleaning supplies to be sent to the Omni office to be distributed to those in need in the Omaha area.
In July 219, employees collected school supplies to donate to Des Moines Public Schools for the 2019/2020 school year. The supplies were donated to Phillips Elementary school in Des Moines for students in need from preschool through 6th grade.
DMAP visited the Johnston High School Industrial Technology class to talk about the skilled careers that DMAP offers. They wanted the students to think outside of the typical construction positions (pavers, plant operators, etc.) and focus on welding or other skilled trades that are needed in our industry. The DMAP’s Johnston plant hosted over 20 students from six different high schools throughout the Des Moines area. The students were graduating seniors that would be pursuing construction fields of study through DMACC the following year.
DMAP also contributed or sponsored this other organizations and events (Refer to Screen).
Special thanks to Lindsay Van Woert and Carley Downing.
Heartland Asphalt, Inc.
Heartland Asphalt, Inc. is working with the Main Street Mason City organization to supply removal and concrete for the Climb N’ Crawl indoor park at Southbridge Mall. This will provide an indoor haven for North Iowa children to play and climb during the cold winter months. This free, handicapped accessible park will incorporate soft-play structures and interactive panels to build confidence and develop motor skills. Heartland is providing materials and man-hours to make this indoor park a reality for North Iowa families. Heartland is providing in-kind work to complete the Climb N’ Crawl soft-play park.
Heartland Asphalt and its employees also support and volunteer for many other local communities and charities in north Iowa.
JMT Trucking Company
JMT Trucking helped many worthwhile causes by contributing cash, and or time, equipment, manpower to all of these groups, schools, or organizations (Refer to Screen).
Jones Contracting Corp.
Jones Contracting Corp. regularly donates to local organizations in their community including: Central Lee Community Schools, Holy Trinity Catholic Schools, West Point Sweet Corn Festival, Lee County Fair, Midwest Old Threshers, West Point Fire & Rescue and Relay for Life just to name a few.
However, this past year a special cause was brought to our attention and pulled on our hearts to do more.
On June 24, 2018 a 13-year-old girl named Abby Denning passed away in a horrible ATV accident. In honor of her the Abby Denning Pavilion was built in Donnellson, IA on the Lee County Fairgrounds to make sure her memory lives on for many years to come.
A memorial auction took place during the 2018 Lee County Fair. Where her brother’s Heifer was sold and raised $56,000 that would be donated to the Abby Denning Pavilion. Once her family designed the octagon structure that they wanted to build in honor of their daughter, the building process began.
After a very wet fall and even wetter spring Jones Contracting Corp. started the footings for the columns on March 20, 2019. The concrete was then poured on April 1, 2019 and the building was finally completed at the end of June in time for everyone in the community to enjoy during the 2019 Lee County Fair.
Special thanks to Michael Kilbride.
Knife River Midwest
Knife River Midwest continues to build on our culture of giving back to the communities they serve by either donating money, supplies or their time throughout the year.
Our Siouxland area was heavily impacted this past spring with flooding. With their team being willing and able to help, they collected donations of clothes and water that could be reused to flooding victims. Our Knife River Midwest office collected just over one truckload of clothes that was brought to the areas in need.
Knife River in conjunction with the City of Sioux City hosted a Bacon Creek Clean-up Day on May 4th. We hosted over 90 volunteers to pick up trash at one of Sioux City’s most traveled to parks; from Girl Scouts, Martial Arts Academy to Miss Iowa International 2019, we had such a great turn out and were able to make a huge and lasting impact in Sioux City. At the end of the day, one dump truck was filled with litter collected.
This past year they decided to help grow the future of America by stuffing back packs with school supplies for 1st-5th grade students. They took 25 back packs to the Boys and Girls Club of Siouxland each filled with the appropriate school supplies for that grade. Knife River picked the Boys and Girls Club of Siouxland as they are an organization to inspire and enable all young people, especially those who need them the most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring and responsible citizens.
The June E. Nylen Cancer Center facility is staffed with caring, compassionate people who work at the center in an effort to relieve cancer patients and their families of the pain and trauma caused by cancer. For patients here, we collected items to create a care package for them, including warm socks, hand sanitizer, mints, and mind stimulation games.
Knife River Midwest and its employees also support and volunteer for many other local communities and charities in northwest Iowa (Refer to Screen). Special thanks to Brooke Muhlack, Candy Klingensmith, Ron Hall, Chris Winkel and the entire KRM Team members.
Peterson Contractors, Inc.
PCI actively supports many charitable activities and student learning venues in the local and extended communities. PCI hopes to improve and positively impact the material, social, and spiritual welfare of their fellow friends, neighbors, co-workers, business associates, and young adults.
PCI made sizable donations to the University of Northern Iowa’s Panther Scholarship Club, Iowa State University Foundation, the University of Iowa, Northwest Iowa Community College Heavy Equipment Operators program, and Dordt College’s Civil Engineering and Construction Management Programs.
PCI helped many other worthwhile causes by contributing cash, and or time, equipment, manpower to all of these groups, schools, or organizations (Refer to Screen). Special thanks to Walt Jackson, Doug Clark, and Jamie Eiffler.
The Rasmussen Group
The Rasmussen Group, and all of their family companies, believe in giving back to the community that has supported them for over a hundred years. Through the various donations in monetary amounts as well as time commitments serving on boards and volunteer work, The Rasmussen Group and its Endowment and Foundation Fund were able to achieve a great deal in 2019. These donations to the groups shown here (Refer to Screen) have a direct result of further enriching the Greater Des Moines area and Iowa.
Wendling Quarries, Inc.
Each year WQI facilitates numerous quarry tours for various schools and levels from kindergarten to College and Universities.
However, for the purposes of this award application we undertook a special project to help a grade school in Cedar Rapids install a butterfly garden. The purpose was to foster a connection for the children to learn where materials come from and what they are used for. In this case we delivered black dirt and landscaping boulders from our Cedar Rapids South and Four County Quarry sites. In addition, John Tuthill worked with school staff so they could get additional funding through grants to pay for the plants.
Special thanks to John Tuthill, Taylor Pflughaupt, Lee Johnson, and Todd Miller.