Recently, Hunzinger Construction Company hosted a very successful Construction Day for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metro Milwaukee and Waukesha County. Over 20 sets of “Bigs” and “Littles” matches spent the morning at Hunzinger learning about the construction industry as a possible career. Each match had a fun hands-on experience by building wooden treasure boxes with their “Bigs” and a seasoned Hunzinger Field Superintendent.
Hunzinger volunteers included Ryan O’Toole, who heads up Hunzinger’s Commercial Interiors Division and has been a Big Brother to an 11 year old boy from Milwaukee for the past 5 years. Ryan coordinated the event with Pat Schoenike, a Hunzinger Superintendent with over 30 years of experience in the industry. Together they recruited Superintendents Dan Parente and Will Wright, and Apprentice Carpenter Jake Callen. Hunzinger Project Manager Kevin Johnson, Sarah Sandkuhler and Joan Zepecki were also on hand to help with the activities.
After the treasure boxes were assembled and beautifully painted by the kids, our Superintendents took everyone outside to the yard where numerous pieces of construction equipment were displayed. The Superintendents described each machine, talked about how each is used in the field and how it is used safely. The group had the opportunity to ask questions and explore the equipment before returning inside for lunch provided by Hunzinger.
“Everyone did a fantastic job and it is rewarding to know that we are making a real difference in these kid’s lives”, Ryan O’Toole said as he thanked the Hunzinger volunteers.
“You could just see their excitement when they were building their boxes. They were bursting with pride when we were saying goodbye to them as they were carrying their painted boxes home to their families”, Dan Parente reflected on the event. “I am already looking forward to next year!”