The CDM Smith Cares programme encourages employee-led volunteer outreach activities that build community and improve quality of life through local efforts. Our employees have a strong commitment to helping communities—our own and those in need around the world. We are active, caring citizens who contribute thousands of hours annually to civic and charitable causes. We are global citizens, answering the call of those in distressed communities, helping others to help themselves, and creating legacies of hope for future generations.
What Giving Back Looks Like at CDM Smith
Engineers Without Borders
The goal of Engineers Without Borders (EWB) is to make an impact to those communities that seek help by engaging with them directly to finding options for solving their problems or meeting their basic needs. CDM Smith has been an official corporate partner of Engineers Without Borders - USA since 2007.
This partnership provides support in the following areas:
- Safer drinking water
- Appropriate and improved sanitation
- Crossing difficult or unsafe terrain
- Flood mitigation and/or erosion control
- Improving farming and production capabilities
- Providing consistent, reliable energy
This community-driven development approach by EWB-USA while fostering our future leaders is an excellent match for CDM Smith and all its employees. The firm and our employees support EWB-USA financially and most importantly, our employees volunteer their time and expertise on programme and project teams. For employees that directly participate, they can receive grant funds for their efforts. In addition, our employees lead local chapters, serve on committees, and organise fundraising events to support the work.
Since the inception of our programme in 2007, we have funded 34 travel grants totaling in $162,000 to support our employees’ volunteer efforts on EWB-USA projects around the world.
Water for People
CDM Smith and our employees support Water for People, an international humanitarian organisation of dedicated people who recognise water as a primary building block of life. Each year, our annual giving campaign raises funds to help developing communities gain access to safe drinking water, better sanitation, and public health education.
There are more than 1.8 billion people lacking access to safe water and 2.4 billion lacking access to adequate sanitation. This problem directly contributes to the endless cycle of extreme poverty that has devastating effects on society. Not only do our two organisations share the same belief that every human being deserves lasting access to safe water and sanitation, but our employees are motivated by the same set of core values. It is this alignment of mission and promise of quality of life that fortifies our partnership.