Every year, Morrison-Maierle offices invest in their communities through donations, sponsorships, and volunteered hours. We hold out helping hands when they are needed and are well paid by the inner joy of helping another. Below are highlights from recent years.
Billings Engineers Club Outreach Program
Morrison-Maierle employees participate in the Billings Engineers Club’s Engineering Outreach Program to local elementary schools. Volunteers give their time to bring hands-on experiments to elementary classrooms. Our employees have helped students construct bridges, generate electricity, and piece together a water main system. The program at each school begins with an interactive presentation to explain basic engineering principals then team leaders and students visit centers where they explore the world of engineering.
Spirit of Service
Morrison-Maierle employees spend a spring day outside of the office, volunteering their time for the Rocky Mountain Development Council’s Spirit of Service by doing yard work and painting homes. People from the Helena area devote the day to trimming, weeding, scrubbing, sanding, and painting for homeowners who are not physically able to tackle such chores themselves. Sponsors provide cash support, tools, materials and work crews. All Spirit of Service assistance is free to homeowners.
ACEC of Arizona Youth Scholarship Golf Tournament
Employees from Morrison-Maierle play in this annual golf tournament, helping to raise funds for students who will be tomorrow’s engineers. The American Council of Engineering Companies of Arizona golf tournament raises funds to provide for multiple scholarships for students majoring in engineering at any one of Arizona’s three state universities as well as provide engineering educational outreach tools for programs for K-12 youth and college students of Arizona.
Teams of 6th, 7th, and 8th grade student Mathletes® from middle schools all across Montana compete in the State MATHCOUNTS contest in Bozeman, Montana, each year. Morrison-Maierle employees volunteer their time and skills at MATHCOUNTS, a combination math coaching and competition program. Students are tested on such topics as probability, statistics, linear algebra and polynomials. The purpose of the MATHCOUNTS program is to motivate junior high school students in mathematics and interest them in technology-related careers. The MATHCOUNTS program is organized by the National Society of Professional Engineers and the Montana Society of Engineers.
A canned food drive and competition is held each year at the Southgate Mall in Missoula, Montana, with proceeds going to the Montana Food Bank Network. Morrison-Maierle’s last entry in this unusual competition was called the ExCANvator and was designed and built with L.S. Jensen Construction. A foundation of the Society for Design Administration, CANstruction® is a design/build competition currently held throughout cities in North America. Teams of architects, engineers and folks from numerous organizations come together to build large structures made entirely from full cans of food. Since its inception, 10 million pounds of food have been donated to aid in the fight against hunger. All food and proceeds of the Missoula event benefit the Montana Food Bank Network’s partner agencies located around the state.
United Way Campaign
Morrison-Maierle has supported the United Way since 1965 when John Morrison, Sr. served on the Board of Directors of the Community Chest (now United Way of the Lewis & Clark Area). Employees throughout the company participate in the yearly fundraising campaign and many volunteer their time and talents to help serve United Way’s community health and human service agencies.
American Red Cross Blood Drive
Throughout the year, Morrison-Maierle employees participate in on-site and off-site blood drives. The American Red Cross is the largest single supplier of blood and blood products in the United States. Providing life-saving blood and blood products to patients is a key component of the Red Cross mission to help people in times of emergency and disasters.
Engineers Without Borders USA (EWB-USA) has changed the lives of millions of people around the world. EWB-USA supports community-driven development programs worldwide by collaborating with local partners to design and implement sustainable engineering projects, while creating transformative experiences and responsible leaders. Some Morrison-Maierle employees belong to EWB-USA and others are active as professional mentors for the Carroll College Student Chapter in Helena, Montana. Morrison-Maierle engineers have helped Carroll students assess the seismic vulnerability of a mission in Guatemala and install a wastewater treatment system that will allow reuse of the treated water in an aquaculture system to raise tilapia for the Orphanage at Santa Maria del Méxicano near Colon, Mexico.