July 12, 2011 – As part of Forrester Construction Company’s corporate commitment to serving the local community, the firm has adopted The Orr Boys and Girls Club located in Ward 8. Forrester currently has a total of five ongoing projects in this Ward and has adopted the Club to add to its efforts to give back to that community.
Forrester’s first initiative for Orr was a computer donation valued at over $10,000. The donation consisted of 10 laptops that will be used by the Club as an educational tool for their afterschool “Power Hour” programs. Students will use the laptops for homework assistance in order to sharpen their technology and research skills to better prepare them for Middle School.
Marquitta Johnson, Branch Director of Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington / Orr Elementary School Branch, said “I would like to thank Forrester Construction Company for the wonderful donation of 10 laptops to the Orr Boys & Girls Club Learning Center. This donation will allow Club Members to complete research assignments, expand technology skills, explore new project ideas, and access critical information that will help prepare them for promising futures. This is just one of many examples of Forrester’s on-going commitment to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington and the youth that we serve.”
“This computer donation will enhance Orr Boys and Girls Club’s performance of its important mission of helping boys and girls of all backgrounds to build confidence, develop character, and acquire the skills needed to become productive, civic-minded, responsible adults” said David Forrester, President of Forrester Construction. “It is the cornerstone of Forrester’s values to give back to the community by supporting local organizations who are dedicated to improving the lives of others.”
Forrester also has a Community Involvement Day planned for this October during which Forrester Team Members and Subcontractors will donate their time and resources to improve Orr Boys & Girls Club’s facilities. Some of the upgrades include the painting of exterior playground space; repairing, pruning, and patching of playground fields and fencing; replacement of interior and exterior lights and bulbs; replacement of ceiling tile in various locations; painting of select interior spaces; and building of shelving and storage units.
The ORR Branch of the Boys & Girls Clubs in Ward 8 is a full-service year-round Club for youth ages six to 13 years old with approximately 150 student participants. The Club offers a variety of athletic, educational, recreational, and arts programs in a fun, safe, and structured environment. The Orr Branch is located inside of the Benjamin Orr Elementary School.