The Associated General Contractors of America's (AGC) Education & Research Foundation has established a "Terrorist Victims Fund" to assist the children of those killed in the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks against the United States.
The purpose of the fund is to help offset educational expenses incurred by the loss of income from a family member who perished in the tragedies. Disbursements of the fund will give preference to children of craft and management employees of construction firms.
Bob Boh, Chairman of the AGC Education & Research Foundation said, "Last week, America experienced an unprecedented tragedy. Precious lives have been lost, and major symbols of the strength of our built environment and country have been destroyed or damaged. This fund will establish a legacy for the victims of the terrorist attacks on American citizens."
AGC 2001-2002 President Bob Desjardins said, "AGC has received hundreds of phone calls and e-mails from members and chapters asking what they can do to help. I commend the Education & Research Foundation for establishing the Terrorist Victims Fund. It is only one of the ways the construction industry can remember and honor those who have perished in this despicable act of terrorism."
In addition to the Terrorist Victims Fund, AGC members are on site in both locations [the World Trade Center and the Pentagon] assisting in search and recovery and clean up operations. AGC chapters in New Jersey and New York are also assisting in a variety of ways, including donating equipment, supplies and manpower.
Donations to the Terrorist Victims Fund can be made directly to the AGC Education & Research Foundation (501 (c) (3) tax-exempt organization) Att'n. Terrorist Victims Fund, 333 John Carlyle Street, Suite 200, Alexandria, Va., 22314, or call Shannon Knutti at 703/837-5432.
The AGC Education and Research Foundation is a non-profit, charitable organization dedicated to improving the science of construction. Including the programs highlighted here, the AGC Foundation has, since its founding in 1968, provided nearly $5 million for educational/research projects of importance to the construction industry.
The Associated General Contractors of America is the largest and oldest national construction trade association, founded in 1918. AGC represents more than 35,000 firms, including 8,000 of America's leading general contractors, and more than 12,000 specialty-contracting firms. More than 14,000 service providers and suppliers are also associated with AGC, through a nationwide network of chapters. Visit the AGC Web site at www.agc.org.