We believe that it is our duty to give back to the communities in which we live and work, to engage with the community as a direct reflection on our value of Integrity. Through contributions and volunteerism, Pankow supports education, arts, community improvement and healthcare programs in all our regions. We look for opportunities were we can make the biggest difference, put our builder’s know-how to good use and support our team in their areas of greatest interest.
We also believe in building the future of our industry. Pankow has deep ties to the ACE Mentoring Program and actively engages with numerous university construction and engineering programs.
We’re highlighting some of the organizations we work with; maybe you’ll to get to know a little about them too.
Faced with a shortage of qualified professionals in architecture, construction, engineering and related fields, the ACE Mentor Program was founded by leading U.S. design and construction firms to introduce high school students to career opportunities in the industry, focusing on those students who would not otherwise become aware of this challenging and rewarding industry. The ACE Mentor program provides mentoring opportunities and scholarships and encourages participating companies to hire qualified ACE students for summer jobs. www.acementor.org
Aloha United Way (AUW) helps to build a stronger, healthier community in Hawaii, with a focus on the
areas of homelessness and early childhood development. Aloha United Way has given Pankow’s Hawaii
team many opportunities to volunteer for projects where our building skills, experience and know-how
are needed. www.auw.org
The SFBAC serves San Francisco and Alameda counties and supports more than 300 local packs, troops, teams and crews, providing quality youth
programs. Pankow has chaired the Construction Industry Lunch-O-Ree Committee and consistently led a
fundraising campaign for this important annual fundraiser.
The BCGA’s mission is to enable young people to reach their full potential as productive, caring,
responsible citizens. www.bgca.org
HOLA provides the underserved and at-risk youth of Los Angeles with free and exceptional programs in
academics, arts and athletics within a nurturing environment. www.heartofla.org
An organization dedicated to providing support and enhancing the quality of life for Hawaii’s seriously ill
children and their families. www.hugslove.org
The College and Career Pathways program combines academic and technical programs of study
organized around real-world experiences with industry professionals and workplaces. Pankow
is supporting the Engineering and Environmental Science Pathway at John Muir High School.
The Maple Counseling Center provides low cost comprehensive mental health services to individuals,
couples, families and groups throughout Los Angeles County and provides training for interns and
counselors who are working towards licensure in the mental health field. www.tmcc.org
Leap is a nonprofit program which provides educational programs focused on the arts of storytelling,
music, dance, visual arts and architecture for Bay Area elementary school children. http://leap4kids.org
A nonprofit organization devoted to the promotion of good planning and good government in the San
Francisco Bay Area. Their 14,500 square foot Urban Center provides a common ground for citizens to
come together in fruitful, forward-thinking conversation. www.spur.org
Verbum Dei is a college preparatory high school located in Watts that serves South Los Angeles. Each
year, Pankow supports several students through Verbum Dei’s innovative Corporate Work Study
Program which funds this inner-city college prep program, resulting in a 99 percent graduation rate with
70 percent entering four-year colleges and universities and 30 percent going to community colleges.
Rebuilding Together Oakland (RTO) is a non-profit organization that brings communities and
volunteers together to repair the homes of low-income homeowners in Oakland. We also repair and
renovate non-profit facilities so they can use their resources for delivery of programs and services to
Oakland's low-income communities. The Pankow team has completed projects each year for the past
six years adding over $100,000.00 in value to the community. We currently have a Board member and
an Advisory Council member serving with RTO. www.rtoakland.org
Located in Oakland, a city of approximately 400,000 with one of the most ethnically diverse populations
in the United States, the Cypress Mandela Training Center, Inc. offers a 16-week pre-apprenticeship
program for Bay Area men and women over 18 years old. Training is both hands-on and in the classroom
and prepares students for skilled trades jobs that are relevant to today’s construction industry.
Pankow is represented on the Advisory Council to the Training Center and is a frequent event sponsor.
Pankow has been privileged to have our founder, Charles Pankow and our CEO, Rik Kunnath to be
honorees for this annual fundraiser for one of the world’s premier cancer research hospitals located in
Los Angeles. City of Hope is recognized worldwide for its compassionate patient care, innovative science
and translational research, which rapidly turns laboratory breakthroughs into promising new therapies.