The Parsons Corp.
Parsons is a leading engineering services firm offering clients more than 70 years of experience in the engineering, construction, technical and professional services industries. The company provides design/design-build, program/construction management, systems design/engineering, cyber/converged security and other professional services in several industries and markets, with a focus on infrastructure, defense, security and construction. Parsons’ clients include federal, regional and local government agencies, as well as private industrial customers from around the world. In 2016, the company reported revenue of about $3.2 billion and employed roughly 14,000 people.
Parsons provides a mix of cash and employee volunteer support to an array of educational, cultural and civic organizations in the communities where its employees live and work. The company provides cash contributions, in-kind donations and employee volunteerism, with the goal to improve the quality of life in its communities while making the world a better place. Some examples of groups and programs supported by the company include:
- The Parsons Scholarship Program. Established in California in the 1960s, this scholarship program was expanded in 2009 to include the dependents of Parsons’ full-time employees attending an accredited college or university. In 2016, the company awarded 31 scholarships worth $119,000 under the program.
- Habitat for Humanity. Parsons has partnered with Habitat since 1998, and more than 200 of its employees and their families have volunteered thousands of hours working on homes across the country. The company also provides cash donations in support of Habitat builds. In 2016, the company supported two Habitat projects — one in Silver Spring, Md., where Parsons and its employees provided donations and volunteers for Habitat’s ReStore, and another in Landover, Md., where Parsons employees provided painting, landscaping and final cleanup for a Habitat build.
- Bridges to Prosperity. Parsons has partnered with B2P since 2015, helping it provide isolated communities with access to health care, education and economic opportunities by building footbridges over impassable rivers. Parsons has also supported the organization’s bridge-building program in Rwanda via its annual Bridges and Birdies Golf Tournament.
- The United Way. Parsons and its employees have supported the United Way for nearly 30 years. Between 2001 and 2016, the company and its workers contributed more than $6 million through an annual workplace giving campaign. Parsons has also been a sponsor of the Greater Los Angeles HomeWalk, which raises money for the United Way’s efforts to end homelessness.
- Ronald McDonald House Charities of Southern California. Since 2013, Parsons has provided cash support to this organization, which is dedicated to providing housing, comfort and support to sick children and their families. In 2016, the company participated in the Pasadena Ronald McDonald House Walk for Kids to raise money and awareness for the organization. In addition, a Parsons executive has served on the organization’s board since 2010.
- The American Cancer Society. Parsons has donated to the ACS of San Gabriel/Pomona Valley since 1976. Since then, the company has raised more than $3.1 million for the ACS.
- MUSE/IQUE. Parsons has supported this nonprofit orchestra since its founding in 2011. The company has supported MUSE/IQUE’s four programs — the Uncorked Series, Summer of Sound, FREE/FOR ALL and KIDS/IQUE — that serve the community by producing and then presenting live counter-conventional musical experiences that are accessible to all segments of the community.
- STEM education. Parsons has spearheaded and/or supported numerous science, technology, engineering and mathematics internships and in-school programs in the communities where its employees live and work. Some examples include:
- ParSTEM Pasadena. In 1997, Parsons began supporting the Pasadena Unified School District in Los Angeles County. Its employees have volunteered to work with PUSD students to perform real engineering and science and have also participated in other activities, such as résumé workshops and mock interviews. Through board memberships and financial contributions, the company has also supported the Pasadena Educational Foundation, a nonprofit organization that advocates for public education and develops resources to support excellence in education for every PUSD student.
- The ACE Mentor Program. Since 1995, Parsons employees have served as board members, team leaders and mentors with the ACE Mentor Program, a national program that introduces high school students to the fields of architecture, construction and engineering through exposure to technical discussions, industry-related training, field trips and hands-on projects. Parsons employees mentor students in California, Virginia and Washington, D.C.
- The Sewer System Improvement Program Summer Internship Program. Established in 2012, SSIP’s summer program—spearheaded by Parsons in partnership with the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission, the City of San Francisco and local community-based organizations—is a 10-week paid internship for teenagers who reside in San Francisco’s Bayview Hunters Point neighborhood. The program introduces students to various disciplines—such as architecture and urban planning, engineering and design, finance and accounting, communications and government relations, and operations and environmental management—in order to increase the participation of women and underrepresented minorities and assist high school students and graduates who are entering postsecondary programs.
- The Spark Mentoring Program. A group of employees from Parsons’ Chicago office participates in this program for middle school students. The program is 10 weeks long, and each employee is paired with a student to work on a project relating to the volunteer’s career field.
- Support for the troops. Parsons supports military veterans and their families through fundraising and other events benefiting several nonprofits, including the Wounded Warrior Project, the Navy SEAL Foundation, Disabled Sports USA, the Institute of Veterans Education and Training and the Camaraderie Foundation. In 2016, the company hosted a special golf tournament to benefit IVET and the Warrior Canine Connection. All proceeds from the event were donated to the two veterans groups. In addition, Parsons helps veterans find employment opportunities through a partnership with Helmets to Hardhats.
- The Water Environment Federation. Since 2012, Parsons has participated in the WEF’s annual community service project. In 2016, Parsons employees participated in a project on the grounds of City Hall in New Orleans to construct bioretention cells and bioswales that capture and filter stormwater runoff in order to alleviate flooding and improve water quality. In addition, Parsons co-sponsored a booth at the group’s annual Water Palooza event, which is an educational program that engages about 370 students grades 1 to 5 in hands-on and demonstrative activities that promote the value of water and encourage students to become stewards of their own water environment.
- Disaster relief. Parsons has a long tradition of supporting communities impacted by such natural disasters as earthquakes, floods, hurricanes, tornadoes and wildfires. The company responds to these catastrophes by providing volunteer and professional support, as well as financial contributions. The company also supports disaster preparation and readiness programs through cash donations to the Red Cross. Parsons established a Red Cross microsite in 2010 that allows its employees to contribute to those in need. The company and its employees have raised thousands of dollars for various disasters such as the Canadian and California wildfires and Louisiana floods of 2016, the Nepal earthquake of 2015, Typhoon Haiyan in 2013, the Colorado wildfires and Superstorm Sandy in 2012 and the Japan earthquake and tsunami in 2011.
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