Dallas — JQ, one of Texas’ top engineering firms, launched its firm-wide Day of Service initiative last year. JQ’s Day of Service program aligns with the firm’s mission statement of “achieving excellence in the pursuit of a better community.” The program enhances the firm’s culture by encouraging and supporting employees’ participation in volunteering their skills and expertise to non-profits within their local communities.
“Our firm continues to grow,” says JQ’s CEO Stephen H. Lucy, P.E., “and we appreciate the business support we receive from the communities in which we work and live.” According to Lucy, the Day of Service program supports JQ’s core values which includes its role as a responsible company, engaged in community outreach.
“In addition to giving back to our communities, we believe our Day of Service program helps to attract and retain a talented team,” Lucy said. “We have had great feedback from our employees about this program and believe that it is one factor in why we are consistently recognized as one of Zweig’s Best Firms to Work.”
JQ’s Day of Service also allows JQ team members to interact with each other on a more personal, community-oriented level and helps to build visibility of JQ’s work in the community. Employees may sign up for a Day of Service each quarter, and, as a group, are able to choose the community organization that is important to them.
JQ’s actual Day of Service varies by each non-profit organization’s needs and typically occurs during February, May, August and November of each year. For May 2018, JQ’s community service committee selected the following non-profit organizations:
- JQ/Austin office — Central Texas Food Bank
- JQ/Houston office — Casa de Esperanza
- JQ/Lubbock office — High Point Village
JQ’s other offices and corresponding Day of Service activities will occur in June.