Flatiron recognizes the importance of giving back to the community and makes it a priority to be involved in the areas where we live and work. Flatiron supports local, national, and international programs.
Bridges to Prosperity
Since 2009, Flatiron has partnered with Bridges to Prosperity, a non-profit organization that since 2001 has built nearly 100 footbridges over impassable or life-threatening river crossings in 14 countries around the world. In partnership with Bridges to Prosperity, Flatiron employees have helped design and build footbridges in rural areas of Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador. Recently Flatiron has deepened their commitment to the Bridges to Prosperity mission, agreeing to construct at least a dozen footbridges globally from 2012 to 2017. Flatiron is proud to support Bridges to Prosperity through major funding, material supply, innovative design and on-site volunteer project management and labor.
Learn more about Flatiron's work with Bridges to Prosperity.
Habitat for Humanity
Flatiron is also very active with local Habitat for Humanity efforts. In Oceanside, Calif., Flatiron sponsored the San Diego Habitat for Humanity development of Libby Lake Village, consisting of 20 single-family, for-sale homes on a 2.67-acre parcel. Additionally, many Flatiron employees have spent time contributing to the work at the Libby Lake Building Site. The housing development offers affordable homes to families with incomes of less than 80 percent of the area median income.
Flatiron also sponsored and participated in the San Diego Habitat for Humanity's annual "Home Builders Blitz," where determination kicked off the race to build four homes, from start to finish, in only five days. Approximately 500 volunteers gathered to build homes for four local families.
San Diego Habitat for Humanity works in partnership with local families earning low income wages to combat the affordable housing crisis. According to the California Association of Realtors, the median income necessary to buy a house in San Diego County is $68,000, while the median SDHFH partner family income is $36,000. SDHFH makes homeownership possible for families who earn 40 percent to 80 percent of the area median household income.
Flatiron supports annual Giving Back campaigns that harness the generosity of employees. Our employees choose local charities that help families in need, and Flatiron matches donations to these charities. Additionally, Flatiron employees are given paid time off to volunteer at local charities.
Flatiron's campaigns target families in need. Our employees had undertaken a wide range of giving back initiatives, including hosting a food drive, volunteering, collecting winter coats or other items of need, purchasing gifts for underprivileged children, constructing new facilities, and more.
When a radio station in Denver, Colo., discovered Flatiron's goal for this holiday season, they created a new segment on their station called "Real Denver Heroes" and honored Flatiron on the morning talk show with this humorous video:
Flatiron's leadership is fully committed to these initiatives, and support employees in their charitable endeavors.
"The economic hardships have personally touched each and every one of us. We are fortunate enough to have so far withstood the downturn and have chosen to celebrate this success by giving back to those less fortunate."
-Flatiron President and CEO Tom Rademacher