Community Involvement Committee

The Community Involvement Committee is responsible for several events and programs which are listed below.

Communty Project – Dream of Hope Ranch

The ranch is a 5-acre day camp in Buda serving special needs children and adults. ACEA members completed a large landscaping project around the activity center and cleaned up the grounds on February 8 and May 3, 2014 with the helps of the the following sponsors: Fuquay, Haegelin Construction, Joe Bland Construction, Capital Excavation, Jimmy Evans Company, aci Consulting, Whittlesey Landscaping, Austin Wood Recycling, Marcello’s, and Benchmark Landscape. ACEA also contributed $5000 to the project.

Community Project – Candlelight Ranch

This is a 100-acre ranch serving special needs and at-risk children between the ages of 6 and 18 and serves over 1000 children per year. ACEA is assisting the ranch is the construction of a 3-sided barn and is trying to obtain donations from local businesses.. ACEA has donated $5000 to assist with the contruction needs of the project; however, could still use volunteers and donations. .

Community Project – Giving Back

2008 ACEA donated a Fishing Dock to Travis County Southeast Metro Park

Happy Hour

Our happy hours are an opportunity/excuse to meet new people, mingle with co-workers and people from other companies on an informal basis, do a bit of business, have some fun, and experience a new place. Make it a Power Hour! Please join us for our next happy hour. See the Calendar of Events page for location and time.

Scholarship Program

The scholarship fund provides financial assistance to youth pursuing educational opportunities in the construction and/or engineering career fields or other careers fields that will enhance the communities in which they live. The scholarship fund provides annual grants to high school seniors in variable amounts and terms determined by the Scholarship Selection Committee and/or the ACEA Board of Directors.

See the Scholarship Program page for more information.

Christmas Gifts For Children Program

The children’s faces lit up with joy as Santa arrived to deliver Christmas gifts to the Mainspring School on Friday, December 13! It was a wonderful sight to see all the goodness our ACEA members were able to spread with their donations! Thanks to the kindness of ACEA members, these were the only gifts many of the children received and they were so very happy! This program is truly an opportunity to make a difference in a child’s life during the holiday season and the Mainspring School staff and children are so grateful. Anytime you would like to stop by, they would welcome your visit!

Located in south Austin, the school is licensed by the Texas Department of Protective and Regulatory Services and provides quality affordable childhood education and care since 1941. A Four-Star Designated Vendor of the Worksource-Child Care Solutions “Texas Rising Star” program, the school is accredited through the National Academy of Early Childhood Programs, and recognized as an exemplary program by the Austin Child Care Council. A private, non-profit 501 (c)(3) corporation, funding for the school is received by the United Way/Capital Area, City of Austin, Travis County, Texas Department of Human Services, the USDA Child Care Food Program, corporations and foundation contributions and grants, and individual donations.

A special thanks to our wonderful Santa, Frank DelCastillo (Ashton Woods Homes), Santa’s sleigh drivers (Haegelin Construction Company employee), and Trish Pulsipher (Jones-Heroy & Associates). We appreciate our wonderful volunteers and the members who donated!!

Blue Santa Support

Operation Blue Santa sends a special thanks to ACEA members for their generous personal donations at the December’s luncheon.  The combined contributions added up to over $1000.

On hand to accept our donations was Margarine Beaman, a member of Blue Santa Board of Directors.  Margarine spoke to the group about the families that are served throughout the season.  She explained that Blue Santa serves more than 3,800 needy families, with 12,000 children in those families receiving gifts.  Operation Blue Santa is a massive effort organized and run by the Austin Police Department in partnership with Texas National Guard, the Austin Fire Department, and the Austin Parks and Recreation Department.