Get to know the Indiana/Kentucky Chapter
of Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) and it’s clear why the group chose the Hoosier Veterans Assistance Foundation (HVAF
) of Indiana for its annual ABC Cares project.
“We got involved with this organization because our members are very passionate about veterans—working with veterans and hiring veterans. Some members are veterans and some are children of veterans,” says ABC Indiana/Kentucky North Central Region Council Manager Rebecca Hoff. “They have a strong passion for giving back to those who fought for the freedoms we have now.”
HVAF is a United Way nonprofit organization that provides veterans and their families with transitional housing and support services. It currently has 14 properties throughout the Indianapolis region that house previously homeless veterans.
Last October, Hoff called HVAF and said: “We have access to skilled craft professionals. You can have a week of our time. What needs to be done?”
The answer was renovating a garage at one of the homes HVAF uses to store items for its 207 residents. Sixteen companies, as well as members of the chapter staff and its Emerging Leaders program, volunteered to do electrical work, fix the roof and siding, paint and do yard work.
“There’s no bigger family than the military family,” says Ivanna Weyland, an employee of Indianapolis-based Wurster Construction
whose two daughters served in the Marines. “We were very excited to hear about this and wanted to get started right away.” In addition to the donated construction services, ABC Indiana/Kentucky staff and members collected clothing, bedding and personal items for veterans entering the HVAF program.
ABC CARES VOLUNTEERS
Brandt Construction, Inc.
Custom Mechanical Systems, Corp.
Fredericks, Inc. Contractors
Horning Roofing & Sheet Metal Co.
McComb Windows & Doors Co.
Meyer Najem Construction
Pillar Group Risk Management
C.P.M. Construction Planning & Management, Inc.
Delta Services, Inc.
JH Specialty, Inc.
Majority Builders, Inc.
McGowan Insurance Group, Inc.
Mishawaka Door, LLC
Wurster Construction Co, Inc.