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Philanthropy

Mission: To inspire a culture of caring by giving back to our community, to education and to our environment in purposeful and meaningful ways.

Goal: To support the following three causes with sweat equity, money and passion:

  1. Greater Richmond Community
  2. Education
  3. Evironment and Health

Result:

$300,000 given back to our community in the last three years.

362 Employee volunteer hours.

The Mayor’s Summer Youth Employment Program is very important to the youth of our City. None of this would be possible without the nurturing support of companies like Overaa.

Jay Leonhardy, Chief of Staff, Former Mayor Irma Anderson, City of Richmond

We are passionate about the Richmond Community, Education and the Environment. Overaa's annual corporate philanthropy goal is $100,000 - which we have exceeded every year for the past three years. Some of the great causes we have supported lately include:

  • NAACP
  • Richmond Promise Scholarship Fund
  • Richmond Build
  • Verde Elementary School, Richmond
  • Richmond Community Foundation
  • Community Resources for Science, Richmond
  • Rosie the Riveter Museum, Richmond
  • Muir Land Trust
  • Richmond WORKS Program
  • YMCA, Richmond
  • Bay Area Rescue Mission
  • ASUC Solar Decathlon, UC Berkeley
  • Game Theory Academy, Oakland
  • Junior Achievement, Richmond 
  • Youth Build
  • Police Activities League, Richmond
  • Oakland Zoo
  • Avon Walk for Breast Cancer
  • National Multiple Sclerosis Society
  • Keep America Beautiful - Great American Cleanup
  • Salesian Boys Club
  • Community Housing and Development
  • West County Reads
  • Mosswoord Park, Oakland
  • Unity Park, Richmond
  • Dirt World, Richmond
  • Rotary Club, Richmond
  • Richmond Crime Prevention Foundation
  • KIPP Bay Area Schools
  • ALS Foundation
  • Contra Costa County Office of Education Teacher of the Year
  • Rebuilding Together Silicon Valley
  • Cal Poly 
  • Chico State 
  • Sacramento State 
  • Stanford University
  • Cal State East Bay
  • Cal Berkeley

RichmondBUILD Pre-apprenticeship Construction Skills and Green Jobs Training Academy was first developed to create employment and career opportunities for Richmond residents and also to implement a strategy for reducing violence in our community.

Overaa Construction proudly supports the RichmondBUILD program.  NBC 11 News reports on the difference that was made for one local teen hired through RichmondBUILD to work for Overaa during the summer.

The 28th Annual Construction Industry Lunch-O-Ree of the Boy Scouts of America honored one of our very own, Jerry Overaa. This benefit, put on by the San Francisco Bay Area Council, seeks to congratulate community leaders in the local region. Thousands gathered, including Mark Curtis of KTVU News, at the renowned San Francisco Marriott to show their support and applaud Jerry\'s efforts to better the community. 

A former Boy Scout himself, Jerry is a hands-on dynamic Bay Area community member. With deliberate intention, Jerry directs his personal time and resources-and his company's time and resources-toward various leadership activities in the community. His spirit of goodwill and enthusiasm are contagious as his example encourages his fellow workers and peers to actively participate in community and industry endeavors. 

The luncheon included various speeches from noteworthy advocates of the Boy Scouts of America. A consistent thread throughout the program was the positive influence that the Boy Scouts give to young people of all different backgrounds by providing them with the building blocks of character development. Without a word the message was clearly received by an audience as diverse as the Boy Scouts. Finally, Jerry gave an acceptance speech that rounded out the luncheon by drawing a correlation between the construction industry and the Boys Scouts of America. 

In coordination with the event, we, too, salute Jerry and his significant contribution of time and talent to the construction industry and the community.

Overaa encourages participation by local talent. Our team has created outreach programs in areas ranging from engaging community-based business enterprises to training and mentorship programs for local youth in the construction trades. Overaa's depth of resources includes established partnerships with diverse trade partners with whom we regularly collaborate.

On behalf of my students, families, and staff I would like to thank you and your team for your donations of backpacks and school supplies. To see the smiles on my students faces is a memory I will cherish for many years to come.

Farnaz Heydari, NBCT Grant Elementary School Principal, Richmond CA