community

contributing our talents + skills to benefit
our communities.

group shoulder to the wheel. As a construction company, we have many resources to share. Working with our communities to help them build the future they want is tremendously rewarding. Our involvement in both service and professional organizations teaches us about the real wants and needs of the community and helps us come together as part of a solution. Volunteer projects like the ones shown below allow us to contribute hands-on while having a good time. When we’re breaking a sweat for a good cause, we get to know each other better, deepen our working relationships, and have lots of fun.

 

  • YMCA Camp Colman

    YMCA Camp Colman. In what has become a cherished tradition, GLY volunteers gather at YMCA’s Camp Colman each March to tackle the annual Wish List of chores before camp opens for the summer. In addition to general sprucing-up, landscaping and repairs, GLY has built a marine “touch tank” to introduce campers to local sea life and rebuilt the camp stage.

  • YMCA Camp Terry. In addition to the yearly Camp Colman visits, GLY participates in various Volunteer Project Days with the YMCA. Most recently at Camp Terry, volunteers helped expand deck stairs, build new Salmon/Environmental Education platforms, and expand the archery range, virtually doubling the size with three additional panels.

     

    2014 YMCA Camp Terry Photos >

  • NAIOP Community Enhancement. For the past 16 years, GLY employees have made financial contributions, donated construction materials and given hours of their time to help make the annual NAIOP Community Enhancement project successful. Past projects have included Northwest Center Kids, the UW Botanic Gardens, and Ryther Child Center.

     

    2014 NAIOP Community Enhancement Photos >

  • Rebuilding Together Seattle

    Rebuilding Together Seattle. RTS partners with corporate sponsors and over 1,500 volunteers to repair 25 homes in one day during their Spring Rebuilding Day. GLY volunteers take part in this annual event that helps low-income families and homeowners with repairs and renovations they need but are unable to do themselves.

     

    2014 Rebuilding Together Photos >

  • Little Bit. GLY has long been involved with this unique therapeutic organization, serving on the board, expanding and building new facilities and volunteering on work projects to keep the Center operational and in good repair.

  • Mary McClinton House

    Matt Talbot Center. In 2013, Jim Karambelas, GLY President + CEO, received the Chairman’s Award in honor of his three-year term as Board Chair and long-term commitment to helping the Matt Talbot Center. While on the board, Jim led fundraising efforts and a team of 50 GLY volunteers to renovate the Matt Talbot Center’s Mary McClinton House. GLY crews donated over 2,500 hours after work and on weekends to make the house, which provides in-transitional housing and treatment for up to eight women and their children, habitable.

  • 2012 ACE Mentors + Students

    ACE Mentor Program. GLY Project Engineers and Project Managers participate in the Architecture, Construction and Engineering (ACE) Mentor Program to inspire high school students to pursue careers in design and construction. Mentors provide guidance, teach students the ropes of the AEC industry, and help out with final end-of-year presentations, in which students are tasked with an actual design project.

  • Alzheimer’s Association. The Alzheimer’s Association is especially dear to some of our employees, particularly those who have committed their careers to senior housing projects. Volunteers turn out for annual fundraisers, the Walk to End Alzheimer’s and the recent Longest Day celebrating the long lives of our elders.

  • Forterra C3 Trees. After becoming a founding member of the Forterra C3 Program in 2012, GLY measures our yearly carbon output and purchases trees that will absorb carbon over their lifetime equal to our calculated annual carbon footprint. To date we have planted close to 400 trees and volunteers enjoy the annual tradition of weeding and mulching the trees each spring.

     

    2014 Forterra Tree Maintenance Photos >

  • Bellevue LifeSpring. Every November and December, GLY employees donate food, clothing and gifts to support several low-income families identified by LifeSpring to support our neighbors right here in Bellevue.

  • Cascadia SEBC. GLY is very active in the Cascadia Seattle Eastside Branch Collaborative, providing volunteer leadership and hosting monthly meetings. We are also hands-on volunteers at multiple work projects throughout the year, including Earth Day events and shoreline restoration.