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2014 Centennial Community Fund Winner's Project Highlights

Fluor is proud of our employee's volunteer efforts in support of our local communities.

Establishing Science Lab at School for Underprivileged Children

A science lab at a school for underprivileged children is now a reality because of Fluor’s grant. Saksham Bal Vikas Sanstha (Saksham) is a charitable organization committed to providing academic and vocational education to underprivileged children in grades 6-8.  Fluor volunteers designed the lab’s infrastructure and layout, oversaw construction, and procured and installed the required equipment, giving the school a fully functional science lab that will serve nearly 100 students and instructors every year for many years to come.

Location: New Delhi, India

Pragati Agrawal

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Repair Termite Damaged Infrastructure at a Foster Home for Girls

Fluor’s grant funded urgently needed improvements to Las Creches Foster Home, a private protection residence for girls who have endured domestic violence and severe rights violations. Improvements included termite elimination, replacing window frames, door frames, a bathroom damaged by the termites, and painting the replaced woodwork.  Fluor volunteers worked with staff and the 20 girls living there to transform the aging facility into a nicer place to live, which will help them heal and move forward with their lives.

Location: Santiago, Chile

Jorge Barros

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Encouraging Kids to Read by Providing Age-Appropriate Books

Fluor hosted a STEM-themed reading club titled "Science and Technology,” attended by more than 1,000 underprivileged children. Volunteers read and facilitated discussions about the importance of STEM related fields of study. Fluor’s grant purchased more than 200 STEM related books that were read at the event and later donated to libraries at seven local schools. Reading to Kids serves underprivileged children by providing books to students, teachers, and parents, and holding reading clubs in the most needed parts of Los Angeles.

Location: Aliso Viejo, California, USA

Jinhwa Chun

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Renovating a Facility to Support Salvation Army's Men's Rehabilitation Program

With help from Fluor’s grant and its employee volunteers, The Salvation Army renovated an existing drab, semi-usable space into an up-to-date multipurpose area complete with furniture and technology, as well as a renovated kitchen and bathroom. Used primarily for the men in its Men’s Rehabilitation Program, this multipurpose space is also now available to community partners for things such as health worker assessments, health clinic triage, and other needed community services.

Location: Greenville, South Carolina, USA

Kay Fuentes

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Packing Food to Help End Hunger in South Africa

More than 260 Fluor volunteers packed 35,700 meals in 67 minutes. Stop Hunger Now provided the opportunity for volunteers to help eradicate hunger through a fun and fulfilling volunteer experience at the Meals in Memory event held on Nelson Mandela Day 2014, where highly nutritious dried ingredients were packed in an assembly line style for distribution to selected Early Childhood Development Centers.  Fluor’s grant purchased the dehydrated food packed by Fluor volunteers at a cost of approximately 28 cents per meal.

Project Leader: Katlego Makube

Location: Woodmead, South Africa

Thomashni Govender

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A New Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Lab for At-Risk Youth

The Fluor STEM Lab for at-risk youth at Bethel’s Family Christian Academy officially opened in August 2014. In addition to the students at BCA, community children who do not attend BCA are also able to use the lab. These students come from extreme at-risk and underserved areas with severe socioeconomic conditions. Fluor’s grant funded the supplies needed to implement the program and Fluor volunteers set up the discovery-learning lab where they also taught for two days during Bethel’s Place Summer Enrichment Camp.

Location: Houston, Texas, USA

Crystal Harris

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Repair Classroom Damaged by Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines

Kindergartners at Sambag Elementary School have a brand new classroom thanks to Fluor and World Vision. The original plan was to repair the classroom rendered unusable after the area was devastated by Typhoon Haiyan in 2013. However, the room was smaller than the Department of Education’s standard size, and the Fluor funds were used to help build a new classroom instead of repairing the damaged one. The completed classroom is now fit for the children’s needs and will better withstand natural calamities in the future.  

Project Leader: Cyroselane Bernal-Diputado

Location: Cebu, Philippines

Sheena Loren Mae Hidalgo

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Creating a Vegetable Garden and Irrigation System in Peru

As a result of Fluor’s grant, La Buena Esperanza School, Fluor volunteers, and community members transformed nearly an acre of arid land being used as a trash dump into a green park-like environment and turned a small, barely thriving garden into a much larger vegetable garden that is producing nutritious food and student learning opportunities. The new green area and vegetable garden are sustainable because of the installation of a new, modern irrigation system and biodigester that turns waste water into potable water.

Location: Lima, Peru

Claudia Mesones

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Creating a Mobile STEM Lab for Girls Inc.

A new mobile STEM lab is bringing STEM activities to schools, community centers, and other locations where students do not have access to STEM labs. The Girls Inc. STEM program serves the most at-risk and underserved girls with programs to get them excited about STEM subjects and give them the resources to succeed in school. Ten new laptops for the program were purchased with Fluor funds and Fluor volunteers assembled the mobile kits and participated in the launch of the pilot program focused on Robotics.

Location: Aliso Viejo, California, USA

Kathleen Monk

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Providing a Safe and Healthy Environment at Child Abuse Center

Children who are victims of sexual assault and child abuse, who come to the Julie Valentine Center for forensic medical exams, interviews, therapy and counseling now have a clean, safe, cozy environment to help them on their road to recovery. Fluor volunteers removed the 30-year-old carpet and pad in that half of the center, and Fluor’s grant enabled the purchase and installation of new, plush carpet free of pathogens and allergens where the children also play on the floor during therapy and counseling sessions.

Location: Greenville, South Carolina, USA

Laura Ware

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