Community

Building Better Futures

Philanthropy and supporting our communities are critical pieces of the W. L. Butler DNA. Doing what is right socially, economically and environmentally is not only part of our history and culture, but our responsibility as good corporate citizens. This commitment is about much more than simply writing a check. We're actively involved in charitable pursuits, allocating time, resources and construction expertise to create change for those who need it most.

It is our goal to support local charities that we feel have a positive impact on the youth, disabled, elderly and those in need of proper housing within the communities where we live and work. Frank York, President

Community Spotlight


Through a fundraising program funded entirely by our Team Members and business partners, we are able to make an impact on the lives of our future generations of construction industry professionals. Graduating students from Woodside High School and Sequoia High School are presented with funds to help offset the rising costs of tuition, books and supplies. Our annual goal is set at $6,000; with the intention to provide varying scholarships to recipients selected based on academic performance, community citizenship, application and essay content, interview skills and overall presentation.

We met our 2017-2018 goal and awarded $1,500 scholarships to:

  • Eli Rodriguez, Sequoia High
  • Jarrod Blau, Sequoia High
  • Tomas Stankiewicz, Woodside High

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Contributions

CHARITABLE PARTNERS GOLF TOURNAMENT: The Irvine office hosted its 12th Annual Golf Tournament on September 24, 2018 at the Oak Creek Golf Club. The event raised nearly $150,000 to benefit Make-A-Wish®, Donate Life, Save A Warrior, Leaps & Bounds and Steven’s Hope.

HELPING LOCAL ATHLETES:  W. L. Butler became an annual sponsor to the Peninsula Vault Club and awarded the club a $1,500 donation  on August 27, 2018 to help keep the program running smoothly and help to offset uniform/equipment costs. The donation was made in honor of retired police chief, JR Gamez, and his ongoing contribution to the betterment of Redwood City.

GOOD TIDINGS FOR ARTISTS:  Willie Cauley-Stein of the Kings helped unveil a new art studio for the Sacramento community on August 22, 2018. Thanks to a generous donation from the Good Tidings Foundation and the construction expertise of W. L. Butler, the LeRoy Neiman Art Studio will host youth workshops, classes and labs for the Sol Collective Center.

CSR KIDS DAY: The Irvine office sponsored the 24th Annual Kid’s Day, July 13, 2018 at Marine Stadium in Long Beach. This event celebrates summer with water-related activities, entertainment and gifts for local youth and adults who have developmental disorders or conditions.

WE ‘HEART’ READING: W. L. Butler unveiled another successful AbbVie and Heart of America Foundation collaboration at Kennedy Middle School in Redwood City on June 18, 2018. The library renovation features all-new bookshelves, furniture, paint and flooring for a very deserving local school.

MY NEW RED SHOES: The Project Assistants in our Northern California offices hosted a shoe drive in support of My New Red Shoes. Thanks to the generous donations from Team Members in our Redwood City, Stockton and Livermore offices – we collected (53) brand new pairs of athletic shoes for homeless and low-income children and teenagers within the San Francisco Bay Area.

COME ON DOWN: The Irvine office hosted its Annual Charity Bowling Event with a fun Price Is Right theme this year on May 10, 2018. All proceeds raised directly benefit our charitable partners: Orangewood Foundation, Donate Life, Leaps & Bounds and Thomas House Shelter.

DONATE LIFE: Our Irvine office laced up their sneakers to participate in the 16th Annual Donate Life Run / Walk at Cal State Fullerton on April 28, 2018; which supports OneLegacy Foundation’s mission to save and heal lives by inspiring and advancing donation and transplantation of organs and tissues.

REBUILDING TOGETHER: The Redwood City The Redwood City office continued a 28-year partnership with Rebuilding Together April 28, 2018. Together with our subs and volunteers, we worked together to help the St. Francis Center transform a 25-unit building in downtown provide a safe, clean and affordable place to call home for families who live and work within our community.

THE POWER OF A BOOK: Throughout the month of March, our Team Members gathered in each office for a group “shelfie” with their favorite books in support of Disney’s Magic of Storytelling initiative to put one million books in the hands of children in need across the country.

READ TO ME, STOCKTON: Our group of literary scholars set out to local schools to read a few books of their choice to K-3rd graders, which were then donated to the classrooms. The program was created 25 years ago to promote literacy and the love for reading. The Stockton office has participated in the Rotary Read-in since 2010.

MORE THAN MEALS: The Stockton Team volunteered their time at St. Mary’s Dining Room; preparing food and serving lunch to approximately 300 homeless individuals and families in San Joaquin County.

CIRCLE OF CARE: W. L. Butler made an end of year donation to the Circle of Care on behalf of clients and partners. Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital is rapidly becoming one of the nation’s leading centers for pediatric care, research and training.

‘TIS THE SEASON FOR GIVING: During the month of December, the Redwood City office partnered with St. Francis Center for the holidays. Team Members provided unwrapped toys for families within the community.

ANNUAL HOLIDAY EXCHANGE: Through the generosity of Team Members in the Stockton office and the Stockton Fire Department, children at The Walton Special Center received a flood of gifts from Santa and his elves. This school provides programs for students with severe disabilities.

HELPING FAMILIES HELP THEMSELVES: Team Members in the Irvine office helped make the holidays extra special by volunteering their time and providing gifts for families who have been homeless at the Thomas House Shelter.

FEELING PHILANTHROPIC AND CRAFTY: Team Members donated dozens of gift and volunteered a little of their time at the 4-H Club Holiday Arts & Craft Fair for local families in need.

AUTISM SPEAKS: On October 21, 2017, our Stockton office participated in the Annual Central Valley Autism Speaks Walk in Modesto. With the help of friends, co-workers and family members, Team Butler raised $3,325 to support JJ and all of those affected with autism.

MORE GOOD TIDINGS FOR ARTISTS:  Another art studio was unveiled on September 7, 2017 at the Boys & Girls Club of San Francisco Mission Clubhouse. Thanks to a generous donation from the Good Tidings Foundation and the construction expertise of W. L. Butler, local kids can realize their full potential through art.

BACK TO SCHOOL: The Irvine office collected over $3,000 in gift cards, as well as backpacks and school supplies for our very deserving families at the Thomas House Shelter. We also presented a check for $8,500 from donations received at our charity bowling event in May.

WELLIE WISHERS: Together with subs and vendors, the Redwood City office builds a life-size children’s playhouse for a biennial fundraising event hosted by Stanford Shopping Center. Our 2017 Wellie Wishers Garden Playhouse will be auctioned off at Dreams Happen Gala on June 3. In 2015, our “Once Upon a Time” raised $36,000; with 100% of the proceeds benefiting Rebuilding Together Peninsula. Don’t miss your chance to own this year’s American Girl-inspired masterpiece!

SEQUOIA AWARDS: W. L. Butler is a proud supporter of the annual Sequoia Awards; which rewards high school students for their outstanding volunteer work within the community.

SPECIAL OLYMPICS: Supporting charities near and dear to our Team Members is a big part of our philanthropic efforts. The OC Dolphins Special Olympics Team received all-new towels and sweats on behalf of our Irvine office.

BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA: On November 3, 2016, our CEO, Bill Butler, took time out of his busy schedule to share his knowledge with the Cub Scout Pack 3 San Mateo Highlands Webelos Den 1 Troop at our St. Leo’s Project. The boys have now earned there Build-It Pin. “My son was so excited, he rushed home and started measuring where he was going to build his new playhouse …my son wanted to sleep with his hard hat.”

926 RIBBON CUTTING CEREMONY: Bill Butler presented gifts to the Redwood City Fire and Police for their outstanding emergency response back in October 2013. Fire Chief Stan Maupin obtained a new fire training/equipment trailer for junior firefighters and Deputy Chief Gary Kirby accepted a $2,000 check on behalf of the Police Activities League for Youth.

 

Organizations

In addition to being named a Top Corporate Philanthropist in the “Book of Lists.” We have also been awarded with the Community Commitment Award for giving more than one percent of pretax profit to charitable causes, W. L. Butler has received several other accolades over the years for enriching the community. Together we have made a positive change within our communities by leveraging our own internal resources and organizing volunteers to support local schools and develop partnerships with a number of organizations, including (but not limited to):

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