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OZ Gives: What’s Your Why

Giving back to our community has always been a strong value for OZ Architecture.  We design buildings and communities everyday, but also realize that we have a responsibility beyond the design to the vitality of these communities.  How this happens differs for each one of us, but the combined efforts makes for a stronger community.  At the end of 2018 with our Adopt-A-Family efforts, we took the opportunity to reflect on why each one of us gives our time, services, goods, or funds.  At this event, we also thought about the accomplishments of OZ, as a whole and as individuals.

In 2018 as a company, we continued our focus on organizations that impact the environment, humanity, and developing the creative minds of the future.  We gave back through regular service events and event sponsorships with organizations with whom we have developed a partnering relationship, like Denver Architecture Foundation, Green Mountain High School, Habitat for Humanity, and The Park People.  The network of giving at OZ is not only strong within our community but also around the world.  In fact, our employees donate hundreds of hours and thousands of dollars each year to organizations globally. It’s a combined effort with tremendous impact which we are proud to share among our team, our clients and our community.

In 2019, we would like to challenge our consultant and client partners to reflect on why they give and how.  For those interested, we’d love you to join in our efforts to support our communities.  If you are interested in discussing more or need additional inspiration,  please connect with the OZ Gives Steering Committee at ozgives@ozarch.com. Also, follow us on social media @ozarchitecture and watch out for #ozgives.

Here are a few inspiring statistics from 2018:

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

17 — The number of nonprofit partnering organizations OZ helped.

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

$63,170 —The total amount of corporate charitable donations OZ made as a firm.

The full list of partnering organizations is list below:
Art Students Leauge of Denver
Bonfils Blood Drive – a Vitalant Center 
Boys and Girls Club – We Care
CAL Project – Denver Architectural Foundation
Child Advocates – Denver CASA
Colorado Pet Pantry
Community Food Share
Denver Health Family Crisis Center 
Denver Rescue Mission
Destination Imagination
Denver Human Services – Adopt a Family
Doors Open Denver – Denver Architectural Foundation
Habitat for Humanity
Platte Forum
Project Angel Heart
RiNo Art District
The Park People