T.Y. Lin International (TYLI), a globally recognized full-service infrastructure consulting firm, announces the successful completion of TYLI's first-ever "BUILDing Bridges In Our Community Week" (BBC Week). BBC Week was designed to connect TYLI offices and employees with local communities where they live and work through a day of service. Running from September 27 to October 1, 2021, BBC week events took place across the Americas and ranged from cleaning parks and shorelines to building a 3-D concrete house. TYLI offices also formed partnerships with organizations that varied from small grassroots groups to large nonprofit organizations.
More than 25 TYLI offices participated in BBC Week, collectively volunteering hundreds of hours to participate in a day of service that made a meaningful impact in their community. This opportunity also laid the foundation for building lasting relationships - or "bridges" - with their neighbors, local organizations, and fellow employees.
BBC Week is the most recent initiative from TYLI's BUILD Task Force, an employee-led group established in 2020 to help the firm gain a deeper understanding of diversity, equity, and inclusion.
Here are the results of TYLI’s first annual BBC Week:
Highlights from TYLI's first annual BBC Week include the following:
TYLI's offices in Vaughan and Whitby, Ontario, Canada: A virtual fundraising campaign raised $7,740 for Feed Ontario, translating to 23,220 meals for those in need across the province.
TYLI's team in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada: Employees partnered with the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup and cleaned 4.42-hectare Devonian Harbour Park.
The firm's office in Sacramento, California: This office worked a golf outing and fundraiser benefiting UC Davis Children's Hospital and the Children's Miracle Network. The preliminary estimate of funds raised is $115,000, a new record for U.C. Davis Children's Hospital.
TYLI's Alexandria, Virginia, and Washington, DC offices: Staff participated in a "Weed Wrangle" to help make Rock Creek Park, a large urban park in Washington, DC, more enjoyable.
TYLI's Panama office: The team volunteered 80 hours in the indigenous Kuna Nega community and packaged and delivered bags of food to 10 local families.
The firm's Orlando, Florida, office: Staff hosted a construction project with Canstruction, a global nonprofit charity that creates structures out of full cans of food donated to local food banks. The TYLI team collected 356 food cans to make their own "Lake Eola," complete with the fountain in the middle and the bandshell. The cans of food were donated to Second Harvest Food Bank.
The firm's Atlanta, Georgia team: Employees supported Meals on Wheels Atlanta by assembling, packaging, and labeling boxes of food items to help those in need in the Atlanta community.
TYLI's Charleston, South Carolina, office: Staff volunteered 12 hours with the Green Heart Project, helping with garden cultivation. Going above and beyond in the spirit of BBC Week, the Charleston team has committed to volunteer monthly throughout 2022.
The team in San Francisco, California: TYLI employees gathered to help clean up a garden in Golden Gate Park.
TYLI's Dover/Malvern team in Delaware: Staff went into the field with Project Cure to organize and pack medical supplies.
TYLI's office in Albuquerque, New Mexico: TYLI volunteers supported Road Runner Food Bank of New Mexico by sorting donated food items.
The team in Fort Lauderdale, Florida: Staff volunteered with Seafarers House to help serve mariners.
The Rochester, New York team: TYLI staff worked with Open Door Mission to donate items their office has collected throughout BBC Week.
TYLI's New York, New York, office: Employees volunteered with Goddard Riverside to help prepare 485 cold meals at Stanley Isaacs Neighborhood Center.
The TYLI office in Tampa: The team volunteered with Network to End Hunger, helping to pack produce and shelf-stable foods into bags and boxes totaling 140 meals, which could feed up to 560 members of their community.
TYLI's Arizona offices: Staff partnered with Habitat for Humanity for their day of service. Together, they were able to build a 3D house.
TYLI's Washington State teams: The Bellevue and Olympia teams volunteered with Master Builders Association's Rampathon to build a ramp for a local Bellevue woman who suffered a stroke. Now in a recovery center, she hopes to come home before the end of the year and use the new ramp to access her house.
TYLI's office in Chicago, Illinois: The Chicago office assembled a crew of 16 team members to Chicago Food Depository repack 120 boxes of jalapenos and 21 boxes of tomatillos, totaling 5000 pounds of food that will contribute to 4,112 meals for the Chicago Food Depository.
TYLI's Irvine, California, office: Employees supported a local virtual Thanksgiving meal drive and raised about 66 items valued at over $400!
The Ontario, California office: TYLI employees participated in a virtual fundraiser for duffle bags for foster kids, enabling children to have quality bags for personal belongings when they transition to a foster home.
The Falmouth, Maine, office: TYLI employees supported local veterans via the Maine Veterans' Homes organization.
TYLI's Coral Gables, Florida, team: Staff helped support HandsOn Miami by removing trash from protected mangroves.
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