History of the SBE Community Fund
The Shasta Builders’ Exchange and the construction industry have a long history of being involved in the community. By the very nature of the business, we are frequently asked to build various community projects.
In 1997 the Board of Directors authorized the formation of a new corporation to serve as a nonprofit charitable foundation. Titled the SBE Community Fund and governed by members of the Exchange, its focus is to provide college scholarships to children of Exchange members and sponsor various community projects.
SBE Community Fund Board
The SBE Community Fund Board meets on the second Thursday of January, April, July, October, and December.
President Jesse Murray, Badger Daylighting
Vice President Trudy Tavares, Aiello, Goodrich & Teuscher, CPAs
Jill Claverie, Tony’s Refrigeration
Patty Williams, Mike Murray Plumbing & Fire Protection
Ken Waite, Cresco Equipment Rentals
The SBE Community Fund was established in 1997 to support the youth of Exchange members who wish to utilize the educational system as a means of obtaining the goals they have set for themselves.
The SBE Community Fund Scholarship is open to the children of owners or key employees of regular members firms in good standing. A written recommendation from the firm’s owner must accompany applications from children of key employees. Application for scholarship funds may be made by students entering or continuing enrollment in a university, college, community college or trade school.
Selection of recipients is based on transcripts (GPA, SAT), achievements and leadership qualities. All finalists undergo a personal interview. The amount of money available is determined at the time the recipients are chosen. Scholarship money is distributed directly to the students upon receiving proofs of enrollment.
Take a look around Redding, and in every direction, you can find projects built voluntarily by the construction industry. For years the industry has donated time and resources to make Redding a better place to live and work. Each year the Board evaluates any number of community projects and select the ones that best reflect the mission of the organization. Here are some examples of Shasta Builders’ Exchange community projects:
- Walk in either direction on the River Trail and you’ll come across restroom facilities built by our members.
- Built the “set” at KRCR for the academic Challenge where area high school students compete for scholarships.
- Built the Carnegie Stage in Library Park, contributing to the success of Marketfest.
- The flagpoles at the new Redding Civic Center were purchased by the SBE Community Fund.
- Built and raffled a quarter of a million dollar house and raised $400,000 for the Turtle Bay Park and Museum.