As a company, we believe that there is no better way to embrace the future than by dedicating ourselves to serve. INTREN is a company that is ingrained in a culture of service. We take stewardship seriously and see our role as helping to protect and promote the many valuable organizations that serve the industry and the public each and every day. Through this process, we continue to build strength for the next generation.
During the previous months, INTREN and its employees have contributed to hundreds of worthy organizations throughout the country and logged countless hours of community service. From inspiring young minds to helping needy and deserving people throughout the world, INTREN is on the front lines helping to create a positive change - expanding the collective understanding of “community”. Our shared passion for service has helped us accomplish remarkable things, together…as a team.
INTREN’s Stewardship initiatives this year represent:
Year after year, INTREN has continually partnered with nonprofit organizations nationwide to support numerous initiatives. From education, arts and cultural activities, to environmental, and health and human services, our commitment spans throughout the country…as well as throughout the world. The INTREN stewardship commitment has become the foundation for our company values, vision, and mission that guides management decisions and actions. It is not just “window dressing,” they are our guiding principles of our business that are lived every day. By incorporating this approach into the very fabric of INTREN’s culture, we have succeeded in earning the respect and support of peers, customers and the communities they serve.
One such example is with the Underground Construction Association (UCA) who recently presented INTREN with its Contractor of the Year Award. This prestigious honor represents companies who consistently offer long-time support, dedication and commitment to the Association.
“INTREN contributes to over 75 different causes throughout the state, nationally and internationally.” Michael Wiedmaier – UCA Executive Director
INTREN continues to build awareness of the many benefits obtained by stewardship. Our stewardship initiatives and outcomes are continually reviewed to insure company goals and objectives are met.
To kick off the month of August, INTREN helped celebrate the fifth anniversary of ComEd’s one-of-a-kind Energy Force program. Energy Force is the country’s first energy-efficiency education program designed for and taught by people with disabilities. Loretta Rosenmayer, CEO and founder of INTREN, attended this celebration that highlighted the dedicated individuals who make up the team and their efforts in helping others be more energy efficient.
ComEd launched this program five years ago and to this day, it is the first and only program organized by a U.S. utility company designed to specifically help empower individuals with developmental disabilities. The program focuses on teaching people how to reduce their electricity and save money as well as how to educate others to do the same.
Driven by core values of employee empowerment and a focus on sustainability, INTREN is proud to support ComEd’s Energy Force program and work towards a more energy efficient world.
On Tuesday, August 2nd, 2016, INTREN participated in the 2016 Keep Wisconsin Warm/Cool Funds 15th Annual Golf Classic & Silent Auction! INTREN employees out of the New Berlin, Wisconsin office participated in this event.
The Keep Wisconsin Warm/Cool Fund (KWW/CF) is a statewide non-profit charitable effort that steps in and keeps the heat and power on for thousands of elderly, people with disabilities, veterans and working families with young children in crisis. As a result of generous public, private, business and individual support, KWW/CF provides preventative services and the financial assistance necessary to avert energy-related crisis situations.The Golf Classic & Silent Auction helps around 2,500 people annually including veterans, elderly, disabled and working families with young children keep the heat and power on in their homes thanks to the participation and generosity of companies like INTREN! As an industry leader in stewardship, INTREN is proud to help support our local communities.
INTREN recently attended the 14th Annual Swing for Kids' Sake Golfing Outing in Boulder Ridge to support the Big Brothers Big Sisters program. The day was filled with auctions, contests, golf and very hot weather!
The Big Brothers Big Sisters Mission is to provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported 1-to-1 relationships that change their lives for the better, forever. Through this program, volunteers have the opportunity to mentor children in communities across the country. Through this mentorship, positive relationships are developed between the mentors (“Bigs”) and the children (“Littles”) that have a direct and lasting effect on the lives of young people. Big Brothers Big Sisters truly believes that every child has the potential to achieve success in life. INTREN wholeheartedly supports Big Brothers Big Sisters and is proud to have our very own INTREN “Bigs!”
On Monday, July 18th, a number of INTREN employees swung their clubs for the 5th Annual Raue Center for the Arts' President's Golf Classic! This year's golf outing took place at the Bull Valley Golf Club in Woodstock, Illinois. The fundraiser provided great memories, countless laughs, and supported the Raue Center's largest fundraising initiative.
Raue Center for the Arts is an organization dedicated to enriching the lives of all through the arts and 100% of their proceeds benefit the Rau Center's youth programs. These programs include Mission Imagination and Sage Studio, which serves 25,000 of the area's youth each year. The historical theater has been holding impressive shows and events dating all the way back to 1929.
One of the many people who work behind the scenes to ensure the Raue Center's success is INTREN's very own Matthew Turk, Executive Vice President of Operations & Business Development, who serves on the Raue Center's Advisory Council. As a longtime supporter of the Raue Center for the Arts, Matthew Turk was surprised when presented by Richard Kuranda, Raue Center Executive Director, with an award winning painting of the Raue Center thanking him for all of his support and dedication.
Perfect for summertime, INTREN recently sponsored an Adirondack chair for the Marengo-Union Chamber of Commerce's 2016 Summer Art Exhibit & Auction. The Chamber is holding this auction to help raise money for the Marengo-Union community, and as a local company, INTREN is doing our part to support them.
The amazing local artist Peggy Gannon created this one-of-a-kind artwork for INTREN. Her work is dedicated to turning simple places into something beautiful and this is exactly what she did for the Adirondack chair!
The chair will soon be placed in Marengo or Union for the viewing along with other local businesses' Adirondack chairs. Make sure you check out this great piece of art, as well as all the other chairs for the Chamber's auction!
For more information on how to bid on any of the Adirondack chairs donated to the Chamber, please visit: http://www.marengo-union.com/
The Annual Junior Achievement Bowl-A-Thon was a complete success! By the end of the night, INTREN and Nicor Gas raised over $10,000 for Junior Achievement of Will County, and these funds will enhance the education of 500 students that live in Will County.
Junior Achievement (JA) is an organization that works to inspire and prepare young people to succeed in a global economy. JA Chicago specifically seeks to improve youth education across Chicago by getting companies like INTREN and Nicor Gas into the inspiration business. This year, the Will County Division of JA has a goal of reaching 1,387 classrooms and 25,945 students. It is amazing that INTREN was able to reach 500 of these students in just one night!The evening began with Lloyd Gillepsie, Business Development Manager, throwing the honorary first bowl and kicking off the night right with a strike. While the evening consisted of many more strikes and friendly competition between teams, it also consisted of pizza, prize giveaways, and a 50/50 raffle. Over $400 worth of raffle tickets were bought in a matter of a couple of hours thanks to the kindness of INTREN and Nicor Gas representatives. The winner of the raffle, James Althoff, Director of Business Development, generously decided to give all of the money back to JA.
In October 2015, INTREN donated a used fleet truck to New Life for Haiti to help with the organization’s mission of positively impacting the Marfranc community in Haiti.
New Life for Haiti is a charity aimed at making a significant difference in Marfranc, a village along the Grande Anse River. This charity was initially started in 2006 when Fran Leeman, a pastor from the Chicago area, along with several friends decided to make a difference. They had made various trips to Haiti for about 10 years before they decided to pinpoint one specific area and solely dedicate their time there in order to make a long term difference. They set up their headquarter’s office in Marfranc and have been devoted to making an impact ever since.
Since New Life’s start, they have been able to build schools and help farmers with seed after terrible floods, as well as help rebuild homes after the 2010 earthquake.
New Life for Haiti’s mission statement is to “give children a chance at a future, to meet the urgent needs of families, to foster new economic opportunities, and to influence cultural thinking toward a sustainable change within the Grande Anse River Valley on the southern peninsula of Haiti.” In order help to fulfill this mission statement, New Life created a child sponsorship program in which a child receives education, food, vitamins, clothing, books, and school supplies.
INTREN first became involved with this organization through Erin Inman of Primera Engineers, whose husband is the Chairman of the Board for New Life for Haiti. Due to Erin's involvement with New Life, INTREN became aware that this organization was in desperate need of a truck to help transport building materials, and was quick to offer a contribution. After the donated used fleet truck was inspected and fixed, INTREN delivered it to Erin in Naperville late last year, who then in turn shipped it to Haiti.
INTREN's Fleet Services team members worked hard to ensure the donated truck was in perfect shape before it was shipped to Haiti, such as testing and checking the engine, and replacing the radiator and air conditioner. Donated trucks need to be in impeccable working shape before being shipped to organizations like New Life for Haiti as the community usually doesn't have the means to fix the vehicles once they receive them.
The INTREN truck has already made quite the difference in the Marfranc community. As can be seen in the pictures, it is somewhat of a spectacle for the local kids.
INTREN is happy to do our part in giving back to communities around the world. Jim Bishop, Director of Fleet Services, stated that "It feels great to serve an additional purpose; it's rewarding and humbling to be a part of it."
On Tuesday, June 21st, three of INTREN’s new summer interns had the privilege of attending the National Latino Education Institute’s (NLEI) 44th Annual Dinner with INTREN executives and guests. Loretta Rosenmayer, CEO and founder of INTREN, is a longtime advocate of NLEI and their efforts to improve the quality of life for disadvantaged youth.
INTREN’s interns had never been to an event like this before and had no idea what to expect. Although they knew that NLEI seeks to enhance the quality of life for Latinos by providing education and employment opportunities, it was not until they actually experienced this event did the interns realize how much of an impact this organization truly makes and the role that INTREN plays in this impact.
The event consisted of a silent auction followed by a dinner with keynote speakers. The program was hosted by CBS 2 Chicago News’s Roseanne Tellez who did a great job at keeping the crowd entertained. The night was full of entertainment, but also full of powerful stories from NLEI alumni.
“For me it helped to see firsthand what a difference NLEI makes in the community,” said Samantha Reis, Marketing Intern. “The speaker that really stood out to me was Nancy Rociles. She told us about her struggles making it in America with limited educational and career opportunities. Hearing how she overcame domestic violence and came to NLEI for support truly opened my eyes to the impact that NLEI can offer each individual. Through the help of NLEI, this single mother now has the proper training and education to advance her career and make her mark on the world.”
The last keynote speaker, Dimas Trujillo, talked about how the CONSTRUCT Program changed his life and how NLEI and INTREN gave him opportunities that he never thought were possible. The CONSTRUCT Program gives participants the opportunity to develop skills for entry-level positions in the construction industry. Since graduating the CONSTRUCT Program, he is now working with INTREN and wants to continue to grow his professional career.
In reference to the silent auction, Dimas joked at the end of his speech, “I promise one day I’ll be outbidding some of you.”
Seeing firsthand how INTREN, along with all of the other supporters, impacts NLEI and all that NLEI does for its communities, was a very rewarding experience for all of the interns at the 44th Annual Dinner.
On Tuesday, June 7th, three dedicated INTREN employees went out of their way to help an elderly gentleman in need in downtown Tulsa. While on their lunch break, Tulsa crew members Russell Politte, Jason Hunt, and Nathan Beers noticed Henry Rogers was lying on the sidewalk, obviously fallen from the heat. While many others merely walked past him, these INTREN employees didn't hesitate to get up and provide help. While these good Samaritans were doing what good Samaritans do, an intern for the Tulsa World newspaper happened to be walking by and was curious of the sight that she saw. Here is her story as posted on the Tulsa World website. http://www.tulsaworld.com/blogs/news/intern-isabel-dobrin-how-i-stumbled-across-a-good-samaritan/article_fd3b10db-fa9f-50f8-aae4-154fbd77af10.html
After reading this amazing story, we called their GF, Mike Lechlider, to find out more about these good Samaritans. Mike told us these guys are doing an amazing job showcasing the INTREN way and is very proud of these individuals as well as all of his guys! Lechlider stated, "They were doing the INTREN thing. Doing the right thing every day." These three INTREN employees are one of Lechlider's five crews working downtown in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Hunt has been with us since April of 2015, while Politte and Beers are from the St. Louis INTREN office and transferred to the Tulsa job over 3 weeks ago. Regardless of how long these men have been at INTREN, they have already adopted our core values to serve. It's unfortunate that not everyone would go out of their way to help a fellow human being in need, but these guys are a prime example of doing the right thing which happens to be the INTREN way - OutPerforming. Everyday.
*Photo taken from www.tulsaworld.com