“With a staff of roughly 50 people, they have been very involved with Windy City Habitat for Humanity,” said Cicely Tatum, Volunteer Coordinator for Windy City Habitat. “They have helped sponsor our Team Build Days. One of their staff members organized a team for the 2012 XSport® Fitness Rock ‘n’ Roll Chicago® Half Marathon. Plus, they contribute staff members that serve on the Resource Development and Construction committees.”
As a smaller firm, Norcon has focused its efforts with this nonprofit to help to provide safe and affordable housing to those in need in Chicago. Teer1 agrees with Windy City Habitat for Humanity that Norcon is a TOP ’TEER company.
Norcon encourages its employees “to participate in an annual Habitat for Humanity Build Day,” Jozwiak said. “We get 15 volunteers [the maximum that Habitat allows for a Build Day] to go out onsite. These volunteers go out and do work building a house all day.
“The Build Day is ideal for us as a team-building exercise. We get everyone working together, but in a different way than working in the office. You get on site and are working with hammer and nails, working with your hands, it’s really satisfying.”
Being a contactor means setting tight agenda, and Jozwiak said that one of the methods Norcon uses to give back to the community is to put volunteering on the agenda. “We all have many deadlines and balls in the air. Well, volunteering is one of the balls in the air. You have to set schedules and work within your structure to continue volunteering. You have to work it in like other projects.”