Employees of Southland’s Northern California Division have consistently proven their commitment to helping the local community and the environment. In 2013, our division hit new records in regards to charitable fundraising and volunteer commitments and we plan to continue those efforts throughout 2014.

One of the most exciting relationships that we have fostered is with San Francisco’s CityBuild Academy, which offers disadvantaged and low-income residents an opportunity to learn a skilled trade and find construction employment through an apprenticeship training program. Southland’s piping/plumbing teams went to the CityBuild Academy to teach students through a hands-on project in 2013, and we look forward to continuing to build our relationship with CityBuild this year.

Last year, the Northern California Division also helped those in need through our commitment to the Alameda County Food Bank food drive. We broke previous donation records, contributing a total of 524 pounds of food. Our community outreach also spanned the local tri-city area through our involvement with the League of Volunteers (LOV) Holiday Toy Drive, which raised over $770 to buy toys for local children.  Other 2013 efforts included donations to the Bay Area Boy Scouts, the LEAP Sand Castle competition in support of arts education, and fundraising during “Movember” to support men’s health awareness. We look forward to surpassing these donations for the 2014 holiday season.

Our 2013 commitment to community outreach culminated in our support of Rebuilding Together, a nationwide non-profit organization that builds volunteer relationships to enable critical home repairs that focus on health, safety, comfort, and energy efficiency for low-income homeowners. After a few weeks of training and planning by the Northern California Division’s Rebuilding Day Management Team, we participated in our first ever “Rebuilding Day” with Rebuilding Together Silicon Valley. Over 25 Southland employees descended the beneficiary’s home in San Jose and got right to work, making critical mechanical and plumbing repairs in addition to cosmetic upgrades. In addition, we raised money for Rebuilding Together through a variety of different fundraisers in 2013, including our wildly successful Annual Bowling Tournament, which raised over $10,880—the most we have ever raised through our bowling tournament. We look forward to deepening our relationship with Rebuilding Together in the 2014 year through volunteering efforts and strong efforts to breaking our fundraising records.

None of this would have been possible without the continued support of the Northern California Division’s determined employees. We are thankful for those that have supported our division’s continued community outreach efforts and for those who take an individual effort in volunteering for the betterment of our community.



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