At Shimmick, we're committed to giving back to and improving the communities that we work and live in. We understand that our core value of Bringing out the Best not only extends to our projects but also to our people and our communities. As we have grown over the years, our involvement and commitment to charitable causes has continued to grow as well.
We strive to work with our employees as they give back to the causes they care about. We have a charitable giving program that matches employee's donations up to $1,000 to causes that matter to them. Previous donations have gone to support Alzheimer's research, provide school supplies and coats to children in need, support cancer research and care for cancer patients, etc. Shimmick facilitates a Volunteer Time Off (VTO) program that allows and encourages full-time regular employees to take 1 full day of paid time to volunteer per year.
Our largest ongoing charitable commitment has been our annual Holiday Food Challenge, which raises funds and collects canned goods for the Alameda and Orange County food banks. Shimmick and our employees have so far donated over $250,000 and over 12,500 food items toward this cause. In addition, Shimmick's Northwest region participates in "Movember" every November, which raises funds for and awareness of men's health issues. Shimmick also funds an annual scholarship with UC Berkeley's Civil Engineering department in honor of our founder, John Shimmick, who graduated from Cal in 1959.
Shimmick is a member of the Beavers, a construction industry organization that promotes goodwill, recognizes leaders in the industry, and provides scholarships and endowed chairs at the university level. Our CEO, Paul Cocotis, is an active member of the Beavers' leadership and has previously served a term as the organization's president. We are a gold-level sponsor for the annual Associated Schools of Construction Student Competition in Sparks, Nevada, an event that provides future leaders in construction with the opportunity to compete in real-life scenarios that test their understanding of their chosen field. We also give back to our communities on the project level, as determined by project management.