EMCOR holds a deep and longstanding commitment to supporting the communities in which it does business. For this reason, we’ve created Touching Lives, an umbrella program encompassing the range of programs that we actively support. Touching Lives reflects our core values of customer focus, commitment to employees, integrity, entrepreneurship, and shareholder value. Through Touching Lives, we are able to contribute significant resources to efforts that advance the safety, health, and educational and economic development of our communities. Touching Lives takes a three-tiered approach to community involvement:
Our companywide programs include the national Taking KidSafety To The Streets™ missing kids information program, coast-to-coast support of the ACE Mentor Program of America, and The EMCOR Pink Hard Hat Program to promote breast cancer awareness.
EMCOR's 75+ subsidiaries are involved in a range of community causes and educationally driven programs in their local markets. They also provide local support for EMCOR's national programs.
Since 1998, EMCOR Diamond Awards, given annually through the Office of the CEO, have recognized EMCOR employees for individual acts of bravery and community-minded spirit and service. The passion and special acts and deeds of the outstanding employees who have received this award have influenced lives, shaped communities, and inspired us all.
The Touching Lives program also includes sponsorship of care packages delivered to EMCOR employees on active military duty and their families.
EMCOR's Taking KidSafety to the Street, an initiative in place across the United States and United Kingdom, is designed to help find missing children and promote child safety. Between its inception in August 2005 and August 2011, the program has helped recover 222 missing children, and we have set a goal of helping to recover 222 more by August 2017.
The program is built on three components, each of which addresses a location where we can make a difference:
"On the Streets" makes EMCOR's fleet of 6,000 service vehicles and those of employees who choose to participate available to display posters carrying photos and descriptions of missing children; in total, these vehicles travel to 13,000 job sites daily.
"In Buildings" offers free training to about 2,000 locations each year in Code Adam, a protocol that can be activated between the time when a child is reported missing and the arrival of law enforcement officers.
"At Home" offers safety guidelines from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children to kids through online and printed materials, along with an online quiz and personalized certificate of achievement for participation.
EMCOR supports the ACE Mentor Program of America on a nationwide basis by providing EMCOR employees with opportunities to volunteer as mentors to underserved students and other youth. ACE (Architecture, Construction and Engineering) seeks to address the employment crisis our industry currently faces by raising awareness of careers in the architecture, construction, and engineering fields and supporting educational achievement.
Recent research has shown that ACE participants graduate from high school at a higher rate –97%– than their non-ACE counterparts; the national graduation rate in 2009 was 73.4%. ACE participants also attend college at a higher rate than their peers who have not participated in the ACE program: 94%, as compared to the 68% national college enrollment rate for 2009.
From 2006 through 2010, the first four years of EMCOR's participation in ACE, the company awarded ten ACE student scholarships. We intend to add ten more scholarship awards to that total by 2016.
Challenging the “macho” image of the construction industry, EMCOR employees proudly come together each October wearing pink hard hats in a display of support for colleagues, friends, family, and clients affected by breast cancer. In addition, throughout the month a number of EMCOR subsidiaries organize special events involving employees and clients in order to garner community and media attention for this important health issue. Past events have included formations in the shape of large pink ribbons at prominent sites across the country.