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The newest addition sitting behind Madison Cross Roads Elementary School in Toney, Ala., is more than meets the eye. The trailer is being molded into a new medical office where students from the surrounding area can receive free dental and optometry services.
ABC chapter staff and members help build a trailer for the HEALS nonprofit organization
With the help of the North Alabama Chapter of Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) and more than 15 ABC member companies, including Turner Construction and Lee Builders, Alabama’s nonprofit organization Health Establishments at Local Schools (HEALS) launched its second dental clinic for students whose families may not be able to afford regular doctor’s visits. The trailer is an expansion of the existing medical center HEALS brought to the school in August 2011.

“A project like this serves kids who otherwise wouldn’t have access to health care,” says ABC North Alabama Chapter President Tiffany Brightwell. “Once the trailer is completed, the students will have access to full medical care for free right at school.”

From the design drawings to the electrical equipment and everything in between, ABC members donated all of the labor and materials needed to complete this collaborative community service project. Mechanical contractors provided HVAC and plumbing materials, while other member companies supplied onsite dumpsters, wood, drywall, paint and flooring.

“We want to help the community,” says Turner Construction Area Manager Micah Bullard. “A lot of our workers come from areas like this, and with more than 1,000 students at the school, we really have an opportunity to make a difference.”

The elementary school’s HEALS medical center already logged more than 1,000 visits from students, and Principal Mitzi Dennis attributes the overall increase in student attendance to the services being offered. Of the approximately 1,000 students attending Madison Cross Roads, located about 20 miles north of Huntsville, Ala., 57 percent are from low-income households.

HEALS broke ground on the project in August, documenting donated time and materials with a banner on the jobsite that highlights the companies and individual workers involved. The new medical trailer is set to open by Jan. 1, 2014.

Donna Puglisi is public relations manager of Associated Builders and Contractors. For more information on ABC Cares, visit www.abc.org.

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