How is Browning involved with these organizations?
Browning strives to break new ground by changing how projects can not only enhance the built environment but also support growth and vibrancy for the communities where we work. We choose an organization for our Charitable Partner of the Year based on our Corporate Giving Priority Areas:
- BE EMPOWERED – SUPPORTING EMPLOYEE INITIATIVES
- BE SAFE – HUMANITARIAN AND SOCIAL PROJECTS
- BE ADMIRABLE – EXPANDING OPPORTUNITIES IN CONSTRUCTION AND COMMERCIAL REAL ESTATE
- BE EXCELLENT – BUILDING COMMUNITY NEAR JOB SITES
During our 16 Tech community outreach sessions, Browning was frequently asked about job and career opportunities for individuals related to our development. Out of these requests, David McMath & Erin Drake of Browning worked with the Indiana Construction Roundtable Foundation, Hawthorne Community Center to create a construction training, certification, and job-placement program targeting neighborhoods around our 16 Tech job site – Indianapolis’ Near West and Near Northwest neighborhoods we called “Build Your NW.” Funding was approved by the City-County council in June of 2020 and is the first time that a TIF District training grant will be used for individuals instead of a company.
Build Your NW became the pilot program to what is now known as the BY Plus program run by the Indiana Construction Roundtable throughout Marion County to provide residents the skills and support they need for a successful construction career, valuable construction-industry skills, and hands-on construction training provided in the BY program, and other wrap-around services needed for the trainees to be successful throughout the program. These services include basic skills training, financial coaching, transportation assistance, legal counseling provided by Indianapolis Legal Aid, and more.
Indiana Construction Roundtable Foundation provides paid work experience for the BY Plus trainees with NeighborLink Indianapolis to work on home repair needs in the community. https://www.nlindy.org/byplus