Plano-Coudon in the Community
At Plano-Coudon, we want to do more than construct buildings. We want to build community.
Some workdays include a visit to Our Daily Bread in Baltimore to help serve breakfast. Some involve teaming up with co-workers to help with a Habitat for Humanity project. And some involve scattered moments organizing a top-flight golf tournament to support Teach for America.
As a company, we believe in giving back to the community that enabled us to grow. We financially support multiple nonprofits around Baltimore. We organize group efforts to lend hands-on support to great organizations. It’s not a duty. It’s part of our passion and our employees get great joy from it.
“There is nothing that can ruin my day when I spend the morning at Our Daily Bread,” said Rosalind Gray, office administrator.
Rosalind – who has participated in Plano-Coudon’s work for Our Daily Bread, Habitat for Humanity, and Teach for America – said the community activities are deeply and delightfully fulfilling, but also an opportunity to learn new things and demonstrate unexpected skills to coworkers. On several projects, Rosalind served as a team captain and ended up impressing superintendents and project managers with her leadership skills.
At Plano-Coudon, we also give employees opportunities to increase support for their own favorite charities. Each Plano-Coudon employee is granted 8 hours of paid time annually to volunteer, and we donate $100 to their cause.
In 2013, we stepped up our philanthropic work. Recognizing the critical importance of providing good education to Baltimore’s less-privileged children, Plano-Coudon employees decided to mount a major initiative to support Teach for America. We organized a first-class golf tournament that raised $30,000 in a single day, then immediately began planning to make the tournament an annual event.
“There is really no company like Plano-Coudon,” Rosalind said. “Brett and Ryan represent what a neighborhood company is: They give back and they do it with a smile and they do more than is expected. I feel my worth when I am here. This company gives me purpose.”