Employees of the Houston Division of McCarthy Building Companies, Inc. recently collected 4,521 school supplies consisting of colored pencils, number two pencils and boxes of tissues for their annual Tools for Success school supply drive benefitting students of Mitchell Elementary in the Houston Independent School District (HISD). Running from July 30 to August 17, 2018, the McCarthy Tools for Success Back to School Drive allowed employees of each of the Houston Division's jobsites to compete for the most school supply donations. This year, the Museum of Fine Arts Houston project team collected the most, bringing in over 2,500 supply items for the students. McCarthy has partnered with Mitchell Elementary multiple times since Hurricane Harvey hit last year providing classroom and teacher equipment, children’s winter coats, and school supplies.
The school supply drive was made possible by McCarthy's "Heart Hats" program, an initiative dedicated to encouraging, supporting and recognizing McCarthy employees' volunteer efforts in a variety of causes to ensure real needs are being met in communities where employees work, live and play. This company-wide volunteer program allows McCarthy employees across the country to take at least one (paid) full-day off from work annually to utilize their building skills and other talents to aid local organizations such as HISD.