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Community Service and giving back to the communities we live in and serve is very important to Ackerman-Estvold's employees and our company. Here's a sneak peek at some of the community service projects in which our organization has been involved.
North Dakota State Fair Parade

Team members and their families participated in the 2015 ND State Fair Parade. Following  the theme of ‘North Dakota Gold – 50 Years of Memories’, employees created a memory book filled with their favorite pictures of the fair from over the years. Thanks for 50 years of memories; we look forward to many more!


STEM for Girls

Ackerman-Estvold is proud to sponsor the Edison Elementary School STEM for Girls program. Over 40 fourth through sixth grade girls belong to the club which focuses on developing the next generation of lady leaders, thinkers, do-ers, and creators. The girls enjoy various design challenges such as cabbage chemistry, plotting constellations, circuits and switches, and much more.


Magic Day of Giving 2015

Fun and community are two critical core values at Ackerman-Estvold, which is why our Minot team members were proud to be a part of the 840 volunteers that collectively gave back 2,000 hours of service to the community for Magic Day of Giving 2015.  The Ackerman-Estvold team of over 30 volunteers painted the exterior wall of the Corbett Field ball diamond. Magic Day of Giving is the largest single-day community service event completed by the residents of the City of Minot.


Minot High School Advanced Engineering Course

We are excited to have the opportunity to partner with Minot High School’s Advanced Engineering program. This course is open to juniors and seniors that have a strong interest in engineering. Several of our engineers have gotten involved through classroom presentations, facilitating a bridge building competition, and teaching core engineering principles.  We are excited to be part of this program that brings real world experience into the classroom.

Minot State University College for Kids

We have been proud to partner with Minot State University for the last few years and conduct sessions of their College for Kids program. Several of our engineers and engineering technicians develop hands on activities that help students understand the world of engineering. They spend four days in the classroom teaching those projects and core engineering principles to these young people. Ackerman-Estvold is dedicated to helping cultivate the engineers of the future.


Lemonade Stand

IMG_2959800x533.jpgEaslyn and Chayse helped us out with a lemonade stand fundraising project for the Souris Valley United Way. Through sales of lemonade and bars they raised $154.00, which we presented to our local United Way.

We are a proud supporter of the Souris Valley United Way and their mission. Several staff members are involved in various United Way committees including the Allocation Committee, which determines which organizations receive funding. In addition, we have a group of staff members who participate in an internal committee that identifies and implements fundraising and community service projects.

Take This Job And Love It

Employees of Ackerman-Estvold helped with Minot’s flood relief efforts by paying it forward. With the “Take this job and love it” giving project, employees each received $1,000 from the company to contribute to a flood impacted organization, entity or person of their choice.
Approximately 15 area organizations or entities, ranging from food pantries and schools to giving circles and area attractions benefited from this project. Many received donations exceeding $1,000.
“Rather than have just our management determine an organization to contribute funds to, we thought it would be more impactful to engage and empower our employees through a giving project,” said Jessica Ackerman, business manager at Ackerman-Estvold. “We were amazed at the variety of organizations and entities that were touched because of this project, and our employees were able to directly experience the joy in helping others at this time of need.”
Local organizations that benefited include: Big 4 Boy Scout camp, Christ Lutheran Church, Give 360, Humane Society, Lincoln Elementary School Faculty (educational supplies), Little Flower Elementary teachers (classroom supplies), Longfellow Elementary School, Lord’s Cupboard Food Pantry at Faith United Methodist Church, Oak Park splash pad, Our Saviors Church, Ramstad Middle School (school repairs and teacher supplies), Roosevelt Park Zoo, Roosevelt Pool, Sertoma’s Christmas in the Park rehab fund and Tree of Hope (First Lutheran Church).
Many employees were vey inspired by this giving project and sought ways to increase their initial $1,000 donation. Steven Eberle, project engineer at Ackerman-Estvold, increased his $1,000 donation eightfold by working with a number of corporate sponsors. Eberle gave $8,000 to help restore the Big 4 Boy Scout Camp west of Minot. (photo depicts the check presentation to the Big 4 Boy Scout Camp)
“It was an overall good feeling and a feeling of accomplishment by truly helping an organization that benefits our youth,” said Eberle. “The appreciation expressed by the Boy Scout Executive was unexplainable.”

Fill the Bus School Supply Drive

IMGP0505.JPGThe needs in the region continue far beyond food and personal hygiene, which is why we are excited to help collect school supplies for the Annual Rotary School Supply Drive. Providing much needed school and classroom supplies to the youth of our area is a priority for Ackerman-Estvold, and has become an exciting annual project for the staff.