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Giving Back

At Matern, we are grateful for our past success and the ability to work with many wonderful clients. Because of this, we believe it is our duty to give back to the community as often as we can. We have been able to donate time, design services, and resources to many local charities, foundations, and philanthropies.

Helping people is one of our firm’s Core Values. Therefore, we have volunteer hours available for our staff to use to support the causes they are passionate about. Our employees serve on boards such as ACE Mentoring. They coordinate specialized donation collections for domestic violence and homeless shelters. They take on the role of Christmas Angels to make the Christmas of less fortunate children. From back to school drives to helping stock the shelves of local food pantries, our employees are out in the community making a difference.

We have donated and supported Arts Alive, Harry Chapin Food Bank of Southwest Florida, Wounded Warrior Anglers of Cape Coral, Gulf Coast Humane Society, Naples Therapeutic Riding Center, St. Judes Children’s Hospital, Children’s Network of Southwest Florida, The Little Red Wagon, Engineering Ministries International, Love-A-Child, CANStruction – Second Harvest Food Bank, United Diabetes Foundation, A Gift for Teaching, and the IOA Corporate 5K Run. In addition, we support educational foundations through golf tournament participation, specialized reception attendance and sponsorships as well as school supply drives.

We embrace helping causes such as the Boys & Girls Club Bowl-A-Thon and Sarah’s Sporting Clays Against Cancer. Each year we host a “Tournament of Games” fundraiser to support the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society at our corporate office.

Most of all we take pride in our ability to help provide safer spaces to those less fortunate in our community. Our in-kind engineering services have been donated to various organizations in need such as Pathways Drop-in Homeless Transition Center, Harbor House Women’s Shelter, United Cerebral Palsy Schools, Boys & Girls Clubs, Meals on Wheels and Midway Safe Harbor.

We are truly thankful for all of our clients, staff, and our community. We look forward to continuing our philanthropy for years to come.

ACE Mentoring is a program that introduces children to various careers in the Architectural, Engineering, and Construction industry. “The program’s mission is to engage, excite and enlighten high school students to pursue careers in the integrated construction industry through mentoring; and to support their continued advancement in the industry through scholarships and grants.” Matern has board members and several mentors involved in the Central Florida Chapter. We also host the bi-weekly mentoring meetings at our offices.

Matern has been part of the in-kind design team for several facilities for United Cerebral Palsy throughout Central Florida. With each facility, more people have access to the valuable services the UCP offers.

UCP of Central Florida focuses on helping children ages birth to 21 achieve their optimal functionality according to their abilities. Many of the children who come to UCP begin therapy unable to ambulate, speak, dress, or even feed themselves. After a lot of hard work, and with the guidance of their therapists, many children are able to master these tasks and more. The UCP team of physical therapists, occupational therapists, and speech language pathologists provide personalized activities that optimize each child’s potential according to their individual abilities. These services are provided at each of UCP’s eight campuses as a part of our in-house education program. They also provide these therapy services for Outpatient Therapy, Telemedicine of Therapy Services, and Summer Therapy clients at these locations. UCP also provides therapy services at local child care facilities and other community centers in the Central Florida area.

A Gift for Teaching is a local non-profit organization that serves impoverished schools in Orange, Seminole, and Osceola counties. The mission of A Gift For Teaching is to ensure that children in Central Florida have the basic tools for learning by transferring, at no cost, the community’s surplus supplies and merchandise into the hands of teachers and school children in need. Matern in partnership with Schenkel Shultz Architecture and Centex Rooney Construction Company designed a new facility for A Gift For Teaching in late 2004. In 2008, the Gift for Teaching staff filmed an awareness commercial at Matern’s office in Maitland.

Pathways is a special center who assists the mentally ill who struggle to overcome their affliction. The mental health consumer-run community center is for people suffering from major mental illnesses such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, major depression, and other severe biological brain disorders. Their clients generally have lost their homes, family and self worth. Pathways gives them a safe place to get basic human services in a caring environment.

After losing their community building to a fire, Pathways applied for a grant to rebuild. Matern along with a group of friends in the community and construction industry helped Pathways get the new building designed and constructed within the guidelines of the grant. The new building gave them two new shower/bathroom spaces and a sitting room to get out of inclement weather. The construction also allowed for a new paved outside sitting area and courtyard.

Below is a partial listing of organizations that MPE has contributed to:
  • ACYS – Spirit United Lady Panthers
  • Harbor House of Central Florida
  • AdventHealth Foundation
  • Hillsborough County Schools Foundation
  • American Diabetes Association Orlando
  • Junior Achievement
  • American Heart Foundation
  • Lake Brantley High School
  • Bahai Shrine Circus
  • Lake Howell High School Interactive Robotics
  • Bishop Moore Baseball Team
  • Lake Howell High School
  • Love A Child
  • B’nai B’rith
  • March of Dimes
  • Boggy Creek Gang
  • Meals on Wheels
  • Boys and Girls Club
  • Mobility 20/20
  • Northlake Park Community School
  • Charlotte County Family YMCA
  • Ocoee Middle School
  • Child Rescue Network
  • OCPS Southwestern Elementary School Restore
  • Seminole County Public Schools “Walt Walk” 5k River Walk
  • Cupid Charities for A Cure for NF
  • Foundation for School District of Osceola County
  • Volusia County Schools Futures Foundation
  • Down Syndrome Foundation of FL
  • Christ the King Lutheran Church
  • Seminole County Public Schools Midway Safe Harbor
  • Christmas for Children
  • Princeton Charter House
  • Citizens For Excellent Schools
  • Seminole High School Booster Club
  • Coalition for the Homeless Central Florida
  • Shriner’s South Lake Hospital
  • Engineering Ministries
  • St. Cloud Hospital
  • Foundation for Orange County Public Schools
  • Take Stock in Children
  • International F.E.A.T. Florida Division, Inc.
  • Threshold and Russell Home for A-typical Children
  • Foundation for Early Childhood Development
  • UCF Knights Foundation, Inc.
  • United Cerebral Palsy of Central Florida
  • Foundation for Seminole County Public Schools
  • Educational Foundation of Lake County
  • Valencia College Foundation
  • Gulf Coast Rebuilding Fund, Inc.
  • Winter Springs High School
  • Second Harvest Food Bank
  • Harry Chapin Food Bank
  • GiGi’s Playhouse
  • Orlando Health Foundation
  • National Fire Safety Council
  • American Diabetes Association
  • Foundation for Seminole State College