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 2016-2017 goal and awarded $1,500 scholarships to:

  • Nova Mitchell, Sequoia High
  • Noah Bloomquist, Sequoia High
  • Alessia Presotto, Woodside High

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Contributions

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.

CSR KIDS DAY: The Irvine office sponsored the 23rd Annual Kid’s Day, July 14, 2017 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 McKinley Institute of Technology in Redwood City on June 28, 2017. The library renovation features all-new bookshelves, furniture, paint and flooring for a very deserving local school.

GOOD TIDINGS FOR ARTISTS:  A brand new art studio was unveiled on May 19, 2017 thanks to a generous donation from the Good Tidings Foundation and the construction expertise of W. L. Butler. The new LeRoy Neiman Art Studio will provide a creative outlet for kids attending the East Oakland Youth Development Center.

BOWLING BONANZA: The Irvine office hosted its Annual Charity Bowling Event with a fun beach theme this year on May 11, 2017. All $63,000 raised will directly benefit our charitable partners: Make-A-Wish Orange County and the Inland Empire, Donate Life, Leaps & Bounds Pediatric Therapy and Thomas House Shelter.

DONATE LIFE: Our Irvine office laced up their sneakers to participate in the 15th Annual Donate Life Run / Walk at Cal State Fullerton on April 29, 2017; 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 27-year partnership with Rebuilding Together April 29, 2017. Arlene Moon was born in Indiana in 1925, and has lived in the Menlo Park house she shares with her daughter and son-in-law since 1975. Arlene, now in her 90s, owned a beauty salon in Chicago, before changing careers to be a security guard at various biotech firms and banks in the Bay Area. Her favorite memories of her home are her grandchildren visiting, and having parties in the backyard. When asked how the home repairs will affect her daily life, Arlene replied she will “feel safer.” Together with our subs and volunteers, we worked together to help Arlene and her family feel secure in their home, and to provide a safe and comfortable environment for many more years of fun and happy family gatherings.

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.

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.

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.”

MAKE-A-WISH GOLF TOURNAMENT: The Irvine office hosted its 10th Annual Golf Tournament on September 12, 2016 at the Oak Creek Golf Club; benefiting Make-A-Wish®. The event raised $73,000 to make a difference in the lives of children with life-threatening medical conditions.

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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