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.
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. From its inception in August 2005 the program has helped recover over 350 missing children in its first decade with a goal of saving dozens more every year.
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 employees. Approximately 2,000 employees have been trained 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 than their non-ACE counterparts. ACE participants also attend college at a substantially higher rate than their peers who have not participated in the ACE program and female ACE Mentor program participants enter college engineering programs at double the national rate of their non-ACE counterparts..
ACE students can become eligible to apply for local ACE scholarships. Since 1995, ACE has presented participating students with over $14 million in scholarships funded by EMCOR and other industry leaders.
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.