OZ Gives: Stewardship of Our Communities in 2017

Giving back to our community has always been a priority for OZ Architecture, and with the new year ahead we like to take a look back on the ways in which we’ve been able to donate our time goods, services and money throughout 2017.

At OZ, we are encouraged to give back to our community on many levels — through corporate sponsorships, donations to nonprofit organizations, and OZ group service events, to name a few. In fact, our employees donate hundreds of hours and thousands of dollars each year to organizations around the world. It’s a combined effort with tremendous impact which we are proud to share among our team, our clients and our community.

Leading the charge within OZ Architecture is OZ Gives, a committee which aims to promote community service and outreach, conduct inspiring service events, and create a more engaged and empathetic workplace. OZ Gives’ Steering Committee Member Chris Vandall points out that “Stewardship of Our Communities” is one of the company’s five corporate values. “As architects, interior designers, and master planners, we work to design communities every day,” Chris says, “but we also value the importance of supporting those communities with our time, labor, and donations.”

Indeed, OZ employees donate their time on directors’ boards with organizations like Platte Forum, Denver CASA, and Boys and Girls Club. They participate in group service days at Habitat for Humanity, Denver Digs Trees, and Project Angel Heart. And they contribute individual service hours and donation dollars to organization like RiNo Arts District, Destination Imagination, and Urban Peak.

“Supporting these organizations directly supports our greater community, which in turn allows it to grow stronger, more vital, and more collaborative,” Chris says.

Here are a few inspiring statistics from 2017:

500 — The total number of planning and service hours contributed to service projects.

12 — The number of nonprofit organizations OZ helped.

18 — The number of service events OZ employees participated in throughout the year.

$50,000 —The total amount of corporate charitable donations OZ made as a firm.

During the holidays, we are especially grateful for all these opportunities to engage with one another at OZ and give back to the vibrant communities around us. After all, it makes the work we do each day that much more meaningful. We look forward to continuing and expanding on our OZ Gives program in 2018. Cheers!

Read more about our individual stories of giving here: http://ozarch.com/2016/12/oz-gives-sharing-our-story/

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