A Sense of Place
As we look back on our history, we see two distinct patterns. We see our humble growth as a company, and we also see our growth and success as a community. We recognize that these two things go hand in hand. As our community grows and succeeds, so does our business, and vice versa.
We believe that running a business comes with a responsibility to those around us. That responsibility is to serve. This is why we are so passionate about being involved and engaged in our community. Doing our part as a corporate citizen is one way we give back. Perhaps the most impactful way we make a difference is by empowering our employees to be active and engaged in our community in the following ways…
Building Our Community 50th Anniversary Celebration
Erhardt Construction celebrated its 50th anniversary by recognizing and supporting the work of people and organizations that are serving others in our community.
Through the Building Our Community contest, Erhardt and our 25 project partners donated $50,000 in construction work to a local non-profit organization that received the most votes from the public. Four runners-up received cash donations. “We wanted to do something unique and different to celebrate our fifty years of construction in West Michigan. We wanted to do something that was giving back to our community,” Ben Wickstrom, president of Erhardt said. “Our goal at the very beginning was to find a non-profit organization that had a construction need, and if we could fill that need it would enhance their ability to serve our community and accomplish their mission.”
Fifty nine organizations submitted projects. After eight weeks and over 92,000 public votes, San Juan Diego Academy in Wyoming, Michigan, won the construction project. Four runners-up received cash prizes:
St. Alphonsus Food and Clothing Pantry
Women At Risk, International
Erhardt and our project partners completed the grand prize winner's project, a school improvement project
, at San Juan Diego Academy. Exterior repairs to the facility will help maintain a quality learning environment for their students and staff.
WMEAC Adopt-A-Stream Program
Erhardt actively participates in the West Michigan Environmental Action Council's Adopt-A-Stream program.
Since 2006, our employees have been volunteering twice yearly to clean up a one mile stretch of land along of the Grand River. In 2008, we were honored as the Adopt-A-Stream Group of the Year.
Habitat for Humanity of Kent County
Another way we serve the community is by using our specific skill-set to help the needs of others. Erhardt is proud to work with Habitat for Humanity of Kent County on numerous projects, such as Build Days and their 30th Anniversary Concert.
Our employees came together for a Build Day at a renovation project in the Wealthy Heights area. During our day at the site, we completed more than four days worth of work.