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JE Dunn Makes Sweet Briar Even Sweeter

JE Dunn Construction has been a close partner to United Way for Greater Austin since 2007. Last year, they ran their 11th annual employee giving campaign — and more than 30 team members stepped up to donate over $20,000 to support our Greater Austin community.

But our collaboration isn’t just about raising money. JE Dunn is committed to showing up for our community through volunteer projects, too. They are deploying their skilled volunteers to our Pre-K Partnerships child development centers across Austin to complete much-needed infrastructure improvements. In late August, JE Dunn volunteers completed a two-day volunteer project at Sweet Briar Child Development Center.

In the sweltering August heat, JE Dunn volunteers rolled up their sleeves and:
-Removed a dead tree and buried tire
-Moved the storage shed away from the main building to prevent additional water damage to both buildings
-Improved the main walkway that staff, parents, and children use to walk into the school each day
-Reconstructed the drainage system near the playground area to prevent any runoff issues
-And more!

Chris Szeliga, Sr. Vice President at JE Dunn, shared why this partnership with United Way for Greater Austin means so much to their company and team – especially now:

“In these uncertain times, it’s crucial that organizations and individuals remain committed and diligent in the support of their local communities. JE Dunn Construction and our employees are proud to serve the Austin community by and through United Way. We are honored to affiliate with, humbled to partner with, and proud to aid United Way as we continue to navigate these uncharted waters.”

JE Dunn employee and volunteer Will Catchings loves the chance to give back to the Austin community in this way:

“Year after year, we are humbled to partner with United Way for the opportunity to give back to the communities we call home. Each project that we do with them is more fun and rewarding than the last. I can confidently say that we’re looking forward to doing more in the future.”

Pat Smith, Director of Sweet Briar Child Development Center, shared her gratitude for JE Dunn:

“We are beyond grateful to JE Dunn for the improvements they have made to our school! They created a much-needed safe and level walkway to our center and playground that parents and children will use every day. This is only one of the many improvements their amazing crew made that we have needed for years.”

JE Dunn, thank you for your continued partnership! We’re grateful for every dollar donated, every buried tire removed, every drainage system improved, and every hour of skilled volunteerism given. Your support has made Sweet Briar even sweeter.

Photos taken by Bret Brookshire (@bretbee). See more photos of this volunteer project here.

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