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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

The Federation of Women Contractors' (FWC) 10th Annual Women Rock Awards was recently held on Wednesday, June 1st. Among those honored was our very own Loretta Rosenmayer with the Women's Inspiration Award. A lifelong supporter of women and member of the FWC, Loretta inspires those around her on a daily basis to be strong, independent women who make a difference in the world.

Hosted at the House of Blues in Chicago, the night's theme was the 70's of "Peace, Love, and Women Contractors" in honor of the women's movement that occurred during the 70's. The FWC is one of the oldest and most recognized leaders among women-owned construction businesses in the Chicago area. It started in 1989 and remains "committed to advocating for women-owned businesses and women executives in the construction industry."

The INTREN attendees included: Mary Lucarelli, Tanner Cummings, Amanda Glissman, Kathleen Pierce, Christina Curtis, Susan McElfresh, Maggie Williams, Jessica Kinchus, Karolina Korzec, Val Menolascina, Beth Alm, Samantha Deaton, Rachel Chronowski, Alexis Twardzik, Jackie Zelinski, Jennifer Chaffin, Katie Borst, Diane Loftin, and Heidi Schmitt.

Congratulations Loretta and to all the award recipients of the night.

In May, INTREN, along with 30 construction industry companies, utility providers ComEd, Peoples Gas and Nicor Gas, as well as 6 social service agencies celebrated the accomplishments of 71 dedicated individuals who successfully completed the CONSTRUCT job training program.

Led by ComEd, this 11-week job training program offers professional support and assistance from committed companies who want to make a difference in helping minorities prepare for jobs in the construction industry. 

The six social service agencies, using experienced trainers, taught the classes at their facilities, provided individual job counseling and guidance, and worked with students on job placement opportunities. Entry-level job opportunities can include meter reader, truck drivers, customer service representative, designer, electric apprentice, and more.

This alliance of sponsoring companies and utility providers, along with IBEW locals 9, 15, 134, 196 and Laborers’ District Council of Chicago & Vicinity, actively support CONSTRUCT and have played an important part in growing this program. Their goal is to foster increased diversity in the construction industry through education, contracting and employment.

Although no promise of employment is guaranteed –an amazing 80 percent of previous participants have been offered employment. From the 2016 graduating class, INTREN has hired two union laborers and two union IBEW groundmen so far. 

“Quite frankly, job-driven training works,” Loretta Rosenmayer, INTREN Founder & CEO, said.  “These talented students are not just looking for jobs, they’re looking for fulfilling careers.  CONSTRUCT helps participants fulfill their career goals while helping to fill the jobs our industry needs today and in the future with skilled workers.”

CONSTRUCT has proven beneficial for companies. By providing a valuable source of qualified and skilled workers, CONSTRUCT is improving the prospects for expansion and continued success in the construction industry. 

To date, about 150 students have participated in the program, and participation continues to grow year-over-year. 

For more information on how you can become involved in CONSTUCT, visit ComEd.com/CONSTRUCT