McKinstry Pledges $100,000 to Expand Graduation Success

By Catherine Krummey, Treehouse Communications Specialist

McKinstry, a design-build-operate-maintain (DBOM) firm, has been partnering with Treehouse to support youth in foster care for more than two decades.

Efforts that nurture children, support education and provide for a sustainable, thriving planet are important to McKinstry. And Treehouse’s expansion into Spokane and other areas of the state has been of great interest to the company and its employees.

“We work in the east and the west of Washington state,” said Kevin Lynn, Community Relations Specialist at McKinstry. “We have an appreciation for other organizations that do the same.”

On behalf of McKinstry, CEO Dean Allen has pledged to give Treehouse $100,000 during the next two years to help expand our Graduation Success program.

“The McKinstry Charitable Foundation looks for organizations that aim for transformative change,” Dean said. “Treehouse is one of those organizations that saw a big, gaping hole in how we support foster youth and decided to do everything under the sun to change their lives.”

The company and the McKinstry Charitable Foundation have already given Treehouse more than $200,000. That includes the first half of the $100,000 pledge, as well as funds from two programs. Employees tell the foundation where to distribute donations through an annual employee-directed giving program, and the Pillar Program matches employee volunteer hours at a rate of $15 per hour.

McKinstry’s contributions to Treehouse are much more than financial. They host donation drives during the holiday season that have become a beloved annual tradition for employees. In addition, employees are encouraged to bring a toy to McKinstry’s holiday party to donate to Treehouse.

“Our people have a deep, close bond with Treehouse. They look forward every year to toy drives and volunteer projects that support the organization,” Dean said.

During both the holiday and back-to-school seasons, McKinstry employees have donated carloads of items to The Wearhouse, our free store for youth in foster care.

Volunteer opportunities at The Wearhouse are especially “hot tickets” for McKinstry staff, Kevin said.

“Treehouse always offers a fun volunteer experience,” he said. “Every single person who has had the opportunity to volunteer there is deeply appreciative.”

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About the Author

Catherine Krummey is the Marketing and Communications Specialist at Treehouse. She is passionate about storytelling and excited to share stories about Treehouse through social media, blog posts and newsletters.

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