Summit Contracting Group is committed to giving back to the communities we live and work in. Our philanthropy and sponsorship initiatives (led by CAO, Nicole Padgett) have focused our giving to organizations that directly support:
victims of domestic violence and prevention of violence,
giving to homeless children, and
after-school programs for “at-risk” youth.
Our vision for community involvement is specifically aimed at participating in volunteer work with non-profit organizations, and professional groups in our industry. We focus monetary sponsorships to charities and non-profits that most directly benefit from our support, and those who might not get support otherwise.
Summit Contracting Group is building an expansion and renovation for Baxter E. Luther Boys & Girls Club, formally known as the Woodland Acres Boys & Girls Club. The expansion will accommodate more programs and allow access for more children and teens. The construction will add to the existing structures to include new areas for sports, arts, and learning spaces. We celebrated the groundbreaking on July 31, 2019.
July 31, 2019
Every child deserves to walk into the classroom with all the supplies they need to learn. Summit is collecting school supply donations through mid-August for Jacksonville non-profits for our 3rd consecutive year.
“Our philanthropic and volunteer activities are a high priority for Summit as a company and to our employees. It’s especially important to our team to give where our support is needed most, and where those who need it will receive the most direct benefit. We choose to donate school supplies to Hubbard House because it is an organization that helps Jacksonville’s children at their most vulnerable time with vital services. School supplies may be a small part, but are essential for learning and transitioning back into school and home-life. We are honored to contribute.” – Nicole Padgett, CAO, Summit Contracting Group
May 17, 2019
The James Russell Fund, Builders Care and Summit Contracting Group joined forces to build a brand-new wheelchair accessible ramp for a Jacksonville family.
Check out news story from News4Jax:
Summit Contracting Group recently connected with The James Russell Fund through an employee who had attended Highschool with the organization’s founder, James Russell. James, a 23-year-old living with Cerebral Palsy, incorporated The James Russell Fund in June of 2018 with the mission of giving back to the local community that has already given him such strong support throughout his life.
Building on their shared goals for community impact, The James Russell Fund and Summit Contracting Group organized a silent auction last month at Bono’s BBQ in Neptune Beach. The auction showcased various donated items, the proceeds from which were then presented to Builders Care to be allocated towards the construction of a wheelchair accessible ramp.
Builders Care has helped hundreds of people in Northeast Florida in need of critical home repairs. For many low-income residents, owning a home is a burden, when there are no funds to repair or maintain their property. The ultimate goal of Builders Care is to provide quality home reconstruction to those who are unable to afford it otherwise.
The family chosen to receive a new ramp was selected from the non-profit’s database of local families in need. All labor for the project will be donated by volunteers across all three organizations, and all materials were purchased using funds raised through the silent auction held last month.
Visit The James Russell Fund on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Jamesrussellfund.inc
Find more information on Builders Care and their mission at https://builderscare.org/
May 21, 2019: Dedicated Summit employees took time out of their busy schedules and made this project happen because they care, and they set a perfect example of our core values of Dedication, Experience, Integrity, Reliability, and Quality. We could not be more proud of #TeamSummit!
April 6, 2019
Summit is proud to have a team that stays involved in our community. Congratulations to Richard Barnes and his son on their impressive finish in the TOP 5 out of 80 BOATS! And for a great cause, too - this tournament helped raise money for the Rodeheaver Boys Ranch in Palatka, FL.
Rodeheaver Boys Ranch provides a wholesome home environment with social, educational, Spiritual and vocational training for up to 50 at-risk young men who, because of parental death, desertion, divorce and/or disability, have no home of their own. The Boys Ranch fulfills a lifelong dream of ranch founder Homer Rodeheaver. In 1950 Mr. Rodeheaver donated 790 acres of land, and established Rodeheaver Boys Ranch. The Ranch is located 12 miles south of Palatka, Florida along the shores of the scenic St Johns River. The Ranch Motto, “It Is Better To Build Boys Than to Mend Men,” is just as relevant in our society today as it was in 1950.
Learn More: http://rbr.org/
MARCH 29, 2019:
Summit volunteered at Rethreaded, a non-profit with a mission to renew hope, reignite dreams and release potential for survivors of human trafficking through business. We had a blast sorting t-shirts and enjoying some afternoon sun, all while supporting a good cause (and we couldn't have picked a nicer day to be outside). We spent some time getting to know Rethreaded, toured the warehouse, and then we sorted several bags (pounds!) of shirts that will become products made by and sold by Rethreaded.
“It was great being around an atmosphere created for empowering women, and I had fun spending quality time with my Summit family and the Rethreaded staff!” – Kerrigan
“What I appreciated most was learning about Rethreaded and how they are going out into our Jacksonville community and changing the lives of many people that have been subject to human trafficking. Being a part of something this special really puts things into perspective and makes you realize how much our involvement really means to the organization.” – Jonah
Check out Rethreaded's website to learn more & shop in the online store: https://www.rethreaded.com/
January 30, 2019:
Summit Contracting Group is proud to sponsor the 39th Annual Greater Jacksonville Kingfish Tournament. This year's event is scheduled for July 15 through July 20th and is held at Jim King Park & Boat Ramp on the intracoastal waterway.
“Summit is proud to sponsor and participate in this event annually because we are committed to giving back to our community and Jacksonville Marine Charities is an outstanding charity program for our waterways," says Marc Padgett, Summit's President. "Of course our team’s love of competitive fishing keeps us coming back every year, it truly is a fun event for everyone.”
Greater Jacksonville Kingfish Tournament is one of the largest kingfish tournaments in the Southeast and benefits the community through Jacksonville Marine Charities, Inc. Over the past 38 years, the non-profit has donated over $650,000 to the First Coast Community. In addition to the General Tournament, this spectacular event also includes a Junior Angler Offshore Tournament, food festival, live entertainment, and more.
Learn More & Register: http://kingfishtournament.com/
Summit is committed to giving back to the communities we live and work in. Our philanthropy and volunteer initiatives, led by Nicole Padgett CAO, have focused our giving to organizations that directly support military veterans, help to fight homelessness, give support to victims of domestic violence, give directly to homeless children and support after-school programs.
December 20, 2018
THANK YOU to everyone who gave a toy (or more than one)! We collected an estimated 400 items - soccer balls, dolls, miniature trucks, puzzles and games - the kids are going to be very excited!!
For our second year, Summit collected toys for the Annual Oceanway Santa Party in North Jacksonville, happening Saturday, December 22nd. There is a parade through the neighborhood with firefighters, firetrucks, police officers, and volunteers, and kids are invited to meet Santa at the Community Center where they are given a toy and snacks. A great way to share some excitement and fun at this special time of year.
Happy Holidays from our Summit Family to You and Yours!
November 18, 2018
Disabled Veteran, Steve Hughes, rode his bicycle from California to Florida to raise awareness and money for veteran service organizations. He started in September and is completed his cross country bicycle ride here in Jacksonville on Sunday, November 18th.
Steve Hughes is a 60 year old disabled veteran of China, ME, and a retired Air Force Chief Master Sergeant. He rode his bicycle (aptly named Miles) from San Diego, Calif., to Jacksonville, Fla. Hughes’ ride, www.iridewithsteve.com, benefits veteran service organizations: Project Hero, Travis Mills Foundation, and Air Force Enlisted Village.
Summit volunteers helped cheer Steve across the finish line along with WRH Realty at Ciel Luxury Apartments that are currently under construction. In conjunction with the finish line celebration, 20 local children received free bicycles that were built at the event by volunteers.
In the Press:
About Steve Hughes and I Ride With Steve:
Steve Hughes is a retired Air Force Chief Master Sergeant, and served 28 years of active duty. Biking became an important part of Steve’s life after a back injury and a series of surgeries left him without the use of his lower left leg and foot. “I can get on a bike without my brace, and I feel normal again!” Hughes said. “Since retiring, I have devoted my life to helping others and motivating others to never give up. I want to show others that despite physical limitations, we can still achieve, and we can still be productive and active in our lives.”
Hughes is riding for three veteran charities: Project Hero, www.ProjectHero.org, raises awareness of the National PTSD mental health crisis and making a difference in the lives of thousands of Veterans and First Responders; The Travis Mills Foundation, www.travismills.org/foundation/, a nonprofit organization formed to benefit and assist wounded and injured veterans and their families; and, The Air Force Enlisted Village, www.afev.us, a residence for the spouses of enlisted men and women of all branches of the service.
More information is available at http://iridewithsteve.com/
Summit Contracting Group, Inc. is committed to giving back to the communities we live and work in. Our philanthropy and sponsorship initiatives, led by Nicole Padgett CAO, have focused our giving to organizations that directly support military veterans, help to fight homelessness, give support to victims of domestic violence, give directly to homeless children and support after-school programs.
November 9, 2018
Summit was a sponsor of this year's UNF Construction Management Corn Hole Tournament held at the NEFBA Building on November 9th. It was a great opportunity to talk to students in the construction management program while we enjoyed some BBQ and friendly competition. Summit now owns our very own custom Corn Hole board - we can’t wait for next year!
#TeamSUMMIT #UNFConstructionManagement #SWOOP
November 9, 2018
Summit Contracting Group made the 2018 Corporate Philanthropists List: ranked by Northeast Florida-area donations in 2017.
See the Jacksonville Business Journal List: https://www.bizjournals.com/jacksonville/subscriber-only/2018/11/09/corporate-philanthropists.html
We are so proud of our team for their continued commitment to giving back! #SummitGivesBack #TeamSummit
Summit's philanthropic activities are an important priority of the company and its culture. When determining how Summit's philanthropic efforts will be allocated each year, we take great care in selecting non-profit groups and organizations who will benefit the most directly from our support and whose advancement will play a significant role in making our city better.
In 2017, Summit focused its efforts on some new philanthropic initiatives, in addition to the several non-profits we’ve dedicated support to consistently over the past several years. In August, Summit's Public Relations team organized a Back to School Drive for the children of Sulzbacher Center, an organization of which Summit recently completed the construction of a new location. In total Summit collected an estimated $10,000 worth of school supplies for the young residents, including not only the typical supplies such as journals, pens, pencils, etc., but also scientific calculators, headphones, and backpacks. Summit continued its hands-on approach in December by donating approximately $1,000 worth of toys towards the JSO's annual Santa Parade Toy Drive. Summit Owners, Marc and Nicole Padgett, along with other Summit employees participated in the parade which took place in the Oceanway neighborhood, assisting JSO officers as they personally handed out hundreds of gifts to children lining the streets to see Santa.
In addition to these efforts, Summit has a policy of contribution matching for employees. Each employee can submit one request per year for Summit to match a donation to a charity/non-profit of the employee’s choice. In honor of this policy, Summit contributed to the National MS Society, matching the entries of employees who participated in the organization's annual Bike to End MS event. Summit provided support to the Promise to Kate Foundation as well serving as the title sponsor for their annual fundraiser. Summit also both contributed and participated in the Jacksonville Greater Kingfish Tournament which supports the Jacksonville Marine Charities, and the Vestcor 5K Bridges Run that supports the Vestcor Family Foundation. Summit has actively supported all of these organizations since 2014.
August 22, 2018
Summit Contracting Group has completed their second annual school supply drive with a final tally of materials valuing $8,500. With donations from Summit, it’s employees, tenants in Summit Tower at 1000 Riverside Avenue, and the Jacksonville community, they were able to collect enough supplies for 400+ school children.
“I believe that every child in Jacksonville should have the proper school equipment to achieve an education. Here at Summit, we’re determined to make sure no child falls behind in school due to circumstances they cannot control. I am proud to know that Summit was able to provide for 400+ children in non-profit centers within the Jacksonville community. Summit has the most dedicated team that I could ask for and I appreciate everything they did to help bring this school supply drive to life. I look forward to our future contributions to ensure that every child has a chance to learn!” – Nicole Padgett, CAO, Summit Contracting Group, Inc.
This year, the recipients were expanded from 1 to 3 organizations: Sulzbacher Village, Hubbard House and Boys and Girls Clubs of Northeast Florida.
The first supply drop off was to Sulzbacher Village, www.sulzbacherjax.org, where Summit recently completed construction. Summit donated to Sulzbacher last year for the first annual school supply drive, and this year contributed close to 300 backpacks, thousands of pens, crayons, and more. Sulzbacher Village is a mixed-use multifamily development that provides permanent housing for homeless women and families, health care, classes and more for the community.
The second drop was to Hubbard House, www.hubbardhouse.org, a full-service domestic violence center that currently serves 30-50 children in need of school supplies. Summit’s donation included 50 backpacks, 200 folders, notebooks, cleaning supplies and enough pens and pencils to supply the kids in the center for a good portion of the school year.
The donations did not stop there. Summit extended the giving to also provide for Boys and Girls Clubs of Northeast Florida, www.bgcnf.org, a center that specializes in enabling all young people to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens.
Summit is dedicated to making a positive impact in the Jacksonville community and they look forward to raising even more next year.
Check out this great article about K9s for Warriors unique program for helping veterans with PTSD:
In 2015, Summit built a 17,000 square foot training facility for this organization because we believe in the importance of the program in helping veterans.
July 21, 2018
We enjoyed a breezy summer evening in the 23rd Annual Vestcor 5K Bridges Run. Summit is a sponsor of this fun run that benefits multiple Jacksonville charities, including American Heart Association, Give Kids a Chance, Monique Burr Foundation for Children, Tiger Academy, UF Health Jacksonville, and many other worthwhile local organizations.
Thank you Vestcor, it was a great event!
July 3, 2018
It was an Independence Day to remember, according to Summit volunteers who visited Hubbard House, a domestic violence center in Jacksonville. They brought hot dogs, ice cream, basket balls, and toys... but the big event for the afternoon involved a few hundred water balloons and a whole lot of fun!
"All children just want to love and be loved in return. Knowing what these children in particular have gone through and why they are currently in Hubbard House but yet, they are still so full of hope and joy is just an amazing thing to see. It was really awesome just watching them have fun and be kids," says Michelle Kirkland, one of Summit's volunteers.
“Safety, empowerment and social change for victims of domestic violence.”
Serving Duval and Baker Counties, Hubbard House, a full-service certified domestic violence center, has answered more than 91,000 hotline calls and sheltered more than 36,800 victims and their children in its 42-year history. The agency’s impact can be measured in suffering spared, lives liberated and tragic deaths dodged right here in the local community. And, for most victims, it all begins with a free, confidential phone call to the agency’s 24/7 Domestic Violence Hotline, (904) 354-3114.
Learn more on their website: https://www.hubbardhouse.org/
#SummitGivesBack: Summit Contracting Group is committed to giving back to the cities and professional communities that we build in and live in. Our dedicated employees help us follow through on this commitment with many volunteer hours and personal contributions throughout the year. Thank you Summit Team!
May 8, 2018:
Shelters to Shutters (S2S), a national non-profit that transitions individuals and families from homelessness to economic self-sufficiency, today announced it has received a $100,000 donation from Jacksonville, Fla.-based Summit Contracting Group, the apartment industry's largest general contractor representing over 100,000 completed multifamily units.
"We are thrilled to have Summit as a Leadership Circle sponsor," said Andy Helmer, CEO of S2S. "We are very proud of the impact we've had and the lives we've transformed since our founding four years ago. This gift significantly strengthens our ability to transition ready-to-work individuals experiencing homelessness into employment and housing opportunities with our apartment industry partners. We cannot thank Summit enough for taking a leadership role in supporting our mission." …
Read the Full Press Release:
Summit was very proud to be the entertainment sponsor for the 7th Annual Fundraiser for Promise To Kate Foundation, The Reception: Jacksonville's Night of Inspiration and Celebration.
Preview Video with Dan Hicken: https://vimeo.com/250899965
The Promise to Kate foundation was formed to help fund research for Myotonic Dystrophy (DM) at the University of Florida, fund innovative training at Wolfson Children's Hospital and provide DM family support.
This year's event was on March 3rd in Jacksonville Beach and included live music, casino games, raffle, and silent auction. The Foundation presented a $45,000 check to the University of Florida research team, to help continue their study of Myotonic Dystrophy.
Visit the Website to Learn More: PromiseToKate.org
February 14, 2018
A group of volunteers from Summit visited Caroline Oaks Senior Apartments (Summit was GC for this project, completed in 2015.) We decorated common areas, served a taco bar with all the trimmings, desserts, and then we played Bingo! A wonderful night for everyone - we can't wait to host more events like this!
The toys were given out in the Oceanway Neighborhood in North Jacksonville, on December 23rd. Marc and Nicole Padgett were there to help hand out toys directly to the kids, along with their daughter, Lexi. There was a parade through the neighborhood with Santa, firefighters, firetrucks, and police officers that ended at the community center where they have a party with snacks and hand out toys.
This event was started in 2009 by a police officer, and Jacksonville City Councilman Al Ferraro has since taken over coordinating.
THANK YOU to everyone who brought in a toy. We had 2 large overflowing bins – we don't have an exact count, but estimate at least 200 toys!
September 28, 2017
We enjoyed meeting potential Summit Team members at the Employer Showcase at UNF for the Building ConstructionManagement Program. It was a great opportunity to get to know what students are looking for in their future career, and wehope they consider us! #TeamSummit
September 28, 2017
Every year the Jacksonville Business Journal recognizes local businesses for their support of charities and philanthropic enterprises. Summit is honored to be included in this year's list.
No matter how much we come together as a community or as a nation, there will always be those in need. It is important for business organizations to involve themselves in charitable activities because in many cases they are in the best positions to finance, organize, and carry out the activities that will benefit those who need it the most and keep them from being left behind.
August 9, 2017
Through donations from Summit, our Employees, Vendors and Subcontractors we collected: 290 backpacks, 3200 pencils, 1200 pens, 2904 crayons, 13000 sheets of filler paper, 864 glue sticks, 60 scientific calculators, 171 composition notebooks, 205 spiral notebooks, folders, headphones, binders, tissues, soap, markers, scissors, erasers... so MUCH MORE!
Everything we collected is going to the Sulzbacher Center to help supply the kids they serve with the tools they need to learn. THANK YOU!
Summit is the general contractor for Sulzbacher Village: A Community for Women & Families, located North of Downtown Jacksonville, FL. This community will provide housing, job training, and health services for single women, female veterans, and families with children. Learn more about Sulzbacher Center: www.SulzbacherCenter.org
July 22, 2017
As a sponsor of the Vestcor Family Foundation's Annual 5K Bridges Run, Summit was out to show their support (rain or shine!). Monies raised will benefit local non-profits, with a focus on education and children. Thank you to everyone who participated!
July 17-22, 2017
Summit is a proud sponsor of this event, and this year our team brought home 7th place! Congratulations to all the participants!
Benefiting the Community through Jacksonville Marine Charities, Inc. The Greater Jacksonville Kingfish Tournament, held each year in July at Jim King Park & Boat Ramp on the ICW, is one of the largest kingfish tournaments in the Southeast. In addition to the General Tournament, this spectacular event also includes a Junior Angler Offshore Tournament, presented by Summit Contracting Group; a Food Festival, live entertainment, and much, much more.
June 23, 2017
We were thrilled to accept the award for Best Places To Work from the Jacksonville Business Journal - for the 3rd year in a row!
Biggest thank you to our ENTIRE TEAM who all make Summit great. Our dedication to quality, integrity, and teamwork will always pay off! And thank you to the Business Journal for a great event!
To support the local community where we are building, Summit made a donation toward the rehabilitation of the Destin Aquatic Facility, which provides a community swimming pool, lessons and fitness programs. Emerald Coast Fitness Foundation is a public charity formed to develop physical fitness and water safety among the youth and adults of Okaloosa County.
The UNF Construction Management department offers a management-oriented, technical curriculum that prepares students for a variety of positions in the construction industry.
Summit Contracting Group supports the Construction Management Program. In April 2017, several Summit executives and project managers attended the Hard Hat Banquet and Award Ceremony to recognize achievements in the program.
February 25, 2017
We made a Promise to Kate! - to help fund research for Myotonic Dystrophy and support families living with this diagnosis.
Summit sponsored the 6th annual fundraising event, The Reception: Jacksonville's Night of Inspiration and Celebration.
Promise to Kate is a non-profit organization started to fund research and support for Myotonic Dystrophy (DM). It affects an estimated 1 in 8,000 people worldwide, or nearly 40,000 individuals in the US alone. Learn More: www.PromiseToKate.org
December 6, 2016
"Summit" the K-9 and his warrior, Michael, are getting ready to graduate this month! They are both doing well in their training time together.
We are proud to support K-9s For Warriors! Learn more about what they do at: www.k9sforwarriors.org
#SummitContractingGroup #K9sforWarriors #K9Strong #GivingBack
K-9s for warriors has named this beautiful lab "Summit." He passed all his health exams and is currently in training. Summit has a good chance of being placed with a warrior for the December class.
We couldn't be more proud, Good Luck Summit!
Learn more about K-9s for Warriors at their website: www.k9sforwarriors.org
Summit Contracting Group is proud to support PAL!
The Police Athletic League of Jacksonville enriches the lives of children by creating positive relationships between law enforcement officers and the youth of our community through educational, athletic and leadership programs.
Summit contributed to and attended the Excellerate Jax fundraising event in October.
K9s For Warriors, which trains service dogs for military veterans, is one of the many nonprofit organizations that Summit Contracting Group Inc. helps, but this year’s effort was something special. Summit conceived, built and provided labor and materials for an $8 million facility in Nocatee, where the dogs now live and are trained. Summit employees gave their time and many of Summit’s subcontractors also donated materials and labor. The new facility allows the organization to quadruple the number of veterans they can admit to the program.
July 23, 2016
As a sponsor of the Vestcor Family Foundation's annual 5K Bridges run, Summit was out to show their support with flying colors. Congratulations and thank you to everyone who participated!
Summit Contracting Group was recently awarded a top ranking at the Jacksonville Business Journal's Partners in Philanthropy reception on September 18th, 2015.
"We are always looking for new opportunities to support our community", Marc Padgett said. "Jacksonville is our home and we are more than happy to do anything we can to preserve and improve our city".
Promise to Kate, an organization that helps children with myotonic muscular dystrophy, received $10,300 from Summit this year. Several Summit employees also donated personally and and the Summit team Sponsored an Gala on March 1st, 2015.
October 29th, 2015
Students from The Bridge's BUS after school and Southwind Villas Program got spooked while Summit Contracting took home the prize of best "trunk", voted by The Bridge students! Our staff even got a little wacky for wacky tacky day! It was a great event full of trick or treats, costumes, and tons of candy!