Collier Construction Finds A New Way To Give

Wednesday, January 8, 2014
After brainstorming new ways to give back to the community in 2014, local general contractor Collier Construction has developed a service program called Collier Cares. Through this initiative, the company will dedicate a minimum of one day per month to volunteering in the Chattanooga area.

Although Collier has historically participated in a number of volunteer projects—such as building the camel track at the Chattanooga Zoo, working on repairs to the eagle and sandhill crane enclosure at the Chattanooga Arboretum and Nature Center, and participating in the Tennessee River Rescue—there has never been a great deal of structure surrounding the selection and scheduling process.

“Traditionally, we’ve considered service projects on a case-by-case basis,” said Ethan Collier, president and CEO of Collier Construction. “My hope is that by working the time into our schedules now, we’ll be able to take on more service projects and complete them more efficiently.”

Collier Cares is intended to serve local nonprofit organizations, rather than individuals. Applicants should understand that Collier does not plan to purchase the materials or equipment needed to complete projects. However, the team is not opposed to taking larger projects into consideration.

“This is our way of finding out what local organizations need and then deciding how we can help,” Mr. Collier said. “I certainly don’t want to discourage anyone from submitting multiple ideas or even a project that might be a bit more intensive. There’s always a chance we may decide to tackle a larger project by working on it for a few consecutive months.”

To apply for work through Collier Cares, email your name, title, organization and proposed project(s) to colliercares@collierbuild.com.

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