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


The growth and success of our company depends upon the sustainability of the communities in which we live and work. It’s 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.

Community Video 

Contributions

BOYS & GIRLS SF: Another Good Tidings Foundation collaboration unveiled in San Francisco! We renovated the existing the Boy & Girls Club gymnasium at Hunters Point to provide a state-of-the art Willie Mays branded facility, complete with a new energy efficient window system at the north end of the building, as well as insulating the stud wall bays, furring with plywood, upgraded lighting, and painting throughout. The Warriors played on this same 1960’s flooring at the Cow Palace.

JASON MRAZ MUSIC STUDIO: We are proud to unveil another Good Tidings Foundation collaboration thanks to our wonderful business partners who helped with materials, labor and equipment. Together we transformed the existing San Diego Young Artists Music Academy into a new Jason Mraz Studio complete with all-new lighting, wall art, wallcovering, paint, flooring, work rooms, vocal rooms, mixing rooms, and restrooms. The academy provides vocal, instrumental, choir, dance, and after school programs for the community’s youth to be creative and learn their craft.

LITTLE LIBRARIES IN OAKLAND: The first of 150 “Little Town Libraries” was unveiled at Franklin Elementary in effort to encourage book sharing and childhood literacy in under-resourced parts of Oakland. W. L. Butler is honored to be a part of the construction of these four initial mini libraries in partnership with Stephen and Ayesha Curry’s Eat. Learn. Play. and the Good Tidings Foundation.

SPREADING CHEER: Team Members in the Livermore office donated dozens of toys and gifts to the Alameda County Fire Fighters Association’s Toy Drive.

‘TIS THE SEASON FOR GIVING: Thank you to our team members for their donations to the Redwood City/San Mateo County Toy & Book Drive. We are honored to be able to support the public safety agencies in our community, including the Redwood City Fire and Police Departments, and our ability to give back to those less fortunate so they too can have a brighter holiday season.

ANNUAL HOLIDAY EXCHANGE: This marks our 15th year teaming up with Santa and the Stockton Fire Department to deliver toys to the students of The Walton Special Center. The W. L. Butler Elves were hard at work buying, wrapping and delivering gifts to over 120 kids and 60 staff/aides. The Walton School has created a special atmosphere for their students, and we are blessed to be a part of their Annual Christmas Gift Giving Event.

THOMAS HOUSE SHELTER: It’s the most wonderful time of the year…especially for the 10 deserving Thomas House Shelter families our Irvine team members adopted this year. We are so grateful to our Irvine team for their generosity.

FOOD FEEDS THE SOUL: Team members in our Livermore office contributed $555 to this year’s Virtual Food Drive benefiting the Alameda County Food Bank. W. L. Butler provided a matching donation, bringing the total raised to $1,110 to help fight hunger within our community this holiday season.

A SPOOKTACULAR CAUSE: Our Northern California offices held a “Costume Drive” during the month of October to collect gently used Halloween costumes for the Stockton Shelter for the Homeless to provide to families within San Joaquin County.

TEE-ING OFF ONCE AGAIN: It was great to finally be “back on the green” Monday, September 20, 2021; raising over $175k for our charitable partners (CSR Kid’s Day, Save A Warrior, NATCO, Leaps & Bounds and Thomas House Shelter).

SUPPORTING OUR FUTURE LEADERS: W. L. Butler’s ongoing support to the Woodside High School Foundation affords academic benefits that help all students succeed. We are proud to be a part of the foundation’s first Business Partner Program.

BACK TO SCHOOL: Our generous team members in the Irvine office collected school supplies to donate to the Newport Mesa and Upland Unified School Districts to support the upcoming 2021-2022 school year.

BIG BARN BASH: We were proud to be a part of the Jasper Ridge Farm virtual fundraising event on May 13. The annual Big Barn Bash increases awareness for the therapeutic and quality of life needs of families and individuals in our community and raises critically needed funds to support the programs at the farm.

WE’RE JUMPING LEAPS & BOUNDS: Honored recipient of the “Silver Spur Award” at the 9th Annual Saddle Up for Pediatric Therapy event May 2, 2021 in recognition of our partnership with Leaps & Bounds since 2017. This is the Norco nonprofit group’s largest source of income to support low-cost or free therapy for children with disabilities.

SPRING CLEANING: We tasked our team members to do some spring cleaning during the month of April and declutter their closets. Our team donated clothing and monetary donations to Street Life Ministries.

DONATE LIFE: We proudly support Donate Life each year and we were so happy to be the 3k sponsor of the 18th Annual Run/Walk. They did a fantastic job making the virtual event just as fun and inspiring, even though we couldn’t all be together in one place.

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. In 2021, W. L. Butler sponsored a Sequoia Awards scholarship for Asher Becker from Summit Preparatory High School. Asher will major in Mechanical Engineering. “In the midst of a pandemic, being ‘contagious’ has a negative connotation. An interesting thing about volunteering, though, is that it seems to be contagious in the best sense. In 2020, W. L. Butler sponsored a Sequoia Awards scholarship for Michelle Estrada from Sequoia High School. Michelle started volunteering at Second Harvest Food Bank when she was in the 3rd grade and never stopped donating her time and talent to worthy causes. She is currently studying Business Management. Her long-term goal is to start her own non-profit organization benefiting the homeless that, she says, “will be founded on the idea of helping others.”

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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