The Second Annual Common Good Awards

These local businesses inspire philanthropy in their employees.

Pare Corporation

Common GoodAs a civic and environmental engineering firm, Pare Corporation may be known for building in a physical sense, but it also builds the community from a figurative point of view.

Pare Corporation employees are encouraged to get involved with volunteer opportunities, service projects, fundraising for charity and more to make meaningful contributions to the community.

Pare has a partnership with Boys Town New England, which brings life-changing care to tens of thousands of at-risk children and families in Rhode Island and surrounding states. Pare supports Boys Town fundraisers and activities throughout the year, including gathering holiday gifts since 1996 for children in foster care. Last year, the company provided more than 400 gifts for sixty children, and it also purchased turkeys for the Thanksgiving meal program for the last five years.

As an engineering firm, building comes naturally, and building playgrounds is part of Pare’s give-back strategy. Employees helped construct Blackstone Valley Prep’s Kaboom Playground in 2014, and they also helped design, sponsor and build a raingarden at Common Fence Point Community Center in Portsmouth.

Employees get in on the fundraising action by participating in the annual Bowling for Boys Town event, as well as organizing the Engineers Challenge walk/run along with other engineering firms, which raises funds to fulfill dreams through the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Because of their drive to help others, employees were able to send two children on Disney adventures on the Disney Big Red Boat Cruise and Disney’s Magic Kingdom Spooky Halloween event.

Winner, medium category: 50–249 employees
What the company does: Serves its clients through responsive, practical and innovative engineering solutions.
Where it’s located: Lincoln, parecorp.com

Fun Facts

  • Pare provides pro bono engineering services to nonprofits, including helping the Boy Scouts’ Narragansett Council improve the water supply system for Camp Yawgoog.
  • Employees give classroom presentations in schools and at STEM fairs to help students understand engineering concepts.
  • The annual Bowling for Boys Town activity raised $970.
  • Pare participates in the Providence Children’s Museum’s Engineer Day program.