We realize that our company’s success is intertwined with the success of the communities in which our employees and customers live. Hunter believes that healthy communities allow citizens to meet and exceed their potential. That is why Hunter supports efforts to maintain a robust environment, educate youth, and help those less fortunate.
Operations with Community Programs
Included in our core value of citizenship is the imperative that we work to maintain and build healthy communities. This value drives us to serve our communities through philanthropy, volunteering, and infrastructure projects which improve recreation areas and landscapes.
Our community programs are centered in Southern California and Northern Baja, home to our primary manufacturing facilities where we have the largest environmental and social impact. The majority of our 1,200 employees live in these locations.
This year Hunter committed $329,000 dollars to philanthropic causes below is a breakdown of our philanthropic efforts by category.
Our irrigation products rely on a clean and reliable source of water. We are committed to preserving this finite resource. This past year we funded a restoration project in the Colorado River delta.
Restoring the Colorado River Delta
Endangered Yuma Clapper Rail
Local community members, as well as government and nongovernmental organizations, are actively involved in the park’s creation. This level of engagement is critical to the overall success of the long-term restoration vision for the Colorado River Delta. Community representatives will ultimately be responsible for ongoing management of the park. They also will help carry the message to state and federal officials in Mexico that restoration benefits local communities as well as wildlife, and their continued support is necessary to ensure the Delta is restored.Back to Top
Our primary manufacturing facilities are located in arid regions at the end of the water distribution pipe, so conserving and preserving water is imperative to our community. To support the health of our community we have contributed to a water education program called Project Swell.
Project SWELL (Stewardship: Water Education for Lifelong Leadership) is a collaborative effort between Coastkeeper, the City of San Diego’s Think Blue San Diego, and San Diego Unified School District (SDUSD) to develop and implement curricula that teaches water quality and pollution prevention to K-6 students.
Project SWELL draws a direct connection between students and water, teaching children the importance of pollution prevention in our waterways. The course is hands-on varying from in class experiments to field trips to our local waterways. Coastkeeper augments the curricula with local events around the county.
Visit the official Project SWELL website  to learn more about the environmental science curricula.Back to Top
Hunter Industries has always had passion for helping our local community. To help us do that, we partner with United Way of San Diego County. Once a year, Hunter and United Way join forces to sponsor a workplace giving campaign, so our employees can make charitable contributions through the United Way/CHAD Campaign. Most of our employees are eager to give because they’ve seen how United Way uses their donations to change the lives of those who need it most
Richard Hunter Former CEO of Hunter Industries
San Diego United Way/Chad campaign
All employee contributions are matched by Hunter Industries, making the United Way the single biggest beneﬁciary of Hunter charitable efforts each year. The annual campaign brought in close to $284,000 this year. Each employee can earmark their donations for the charity of their choosing, although employees are encouraged to give to the United Way general fund.
Boys and Girls Club of San Marcos
Community Support through Volunteerism
Hunter believes building a stronger community includes both philanthropy and volunteerism. We understand the importance of connecting employees with the community, so we organize opportunities for our employees to volunteer and give back. This is done at the corporate level, by location, and by department. Employees generously donate their time and often their own money to company sponsored projects that help others in need.
Hunter Helping Others (H20)
H20 is our corporate volunteer program that provides monthly opportunities for employees to give back. All projects are partnered with nonprofits and some have been Hunter traditions for 30 years. Projects vary from employees donating school supplies to weekend product installs. The H2O committee vets all new projects for community impact and appropriateness. In addition to developing volunteer programs the H2O group also helps plan our annual party and Halloween costume contest.
Thanksgiving food drive – Employees donate food to feed local families through Los Ninos Head Start.
Mother’s Day gift bags – Employees donate gifts or monetary contributions to fill gift bags for women at St. Clare’s Home, which helps homeless women and their children.
Giving Tree – During the holiday season Hunter has a yearly tradition of gift giving to Straight from the Heart foster children. Each child creates a wish list, and each Hunter department collects donations to purchase three items from each list usually exceeding the child’s expectations.
School Supplies – Employees donate school supplies to Alvin Dunn Elementary School – a San Marcos school in need.
Product Installs & Donations - We donate irrigation and landscape lighting to nonprofits in our communities, so they can benefit from the beautification and recreation that our product provides. In some cases, Hunter employees volunteer their personal time to dig trenches, lay pipe, and install sprinklers and valves. Installing systems is a great way to build comradely and build a connection to our product in a fulfilling manner.
TERI – TERI supports 16 homes for disabled adults In North San Diego Country, and runs an equestrian program in San Marcos. Hunter Industries donated and installed the irrigation system for the equestrian area, and the organization is getting ready to expand into an urban farm. As Kimmy Roberts, development officer at TERI said, “We couldn’t have done all this without you.”
Ivy Ranch Park Association - 30 employees from Hunter Industries and 13 Marines from Camp Pendleton volunteered over a weekend to install an irrigation system for the new portion of the ranch, and updated existing systems. The ranch provides programs for disabled children, and wounded military
Planet’s 16th Renewal and Remembrance - A group of Hunter employees joined up with other green industry personnel to help enhance the grounds at Arlington National Cemetery. Time was spent retrofitting product and performing irrigation audits.
Information Systems is up for the challenge
Shortly after joining Hunter Industries, Marc Kase, Hunter Information Systems director challenged each of his groups to get involved in the community and has supported flexible working arrangements that enabled teams to make some of their contributions during business hours. IS found that volunteer efforts are important to both the community and Hunter’s own success. While some efforts are directly tied to Hunter Industries, a good portion of our team takes the time to serve outside of Hunter walls. From mentoring young men into adulthood to teaching the homeless important technical skills, members in our department find ways to contribute and serve with their own personal gifts and talents.
Hunter Service Desk has been working with the Hunter Sustainability Action Group to donate more than 120 surplus printers to various community organizations including the Lux Art Institute in Encinitas as well as youth groups and orphanages in Mexico. They also donated Hunter’s surplus toner cartridges to Faith Temple Christian Center in Oceanside.
Application Development team takes great pride in serving, finding that the activities they provide benefit the community at large and also develop the team’s camaraderie. They have conducted numerous software development “code camps,” seminars, presentations, and mentoring sessions at local high schools and colleges, and professional organizations.
Infrastructure Team takes time to teach in a very special way. By supporting Interfaith Community Services in Oceanside, the Infrastructure Team has taught the homeless basic computer skills to help prepare them for the employment world.
Enterprise Applications team has implemented changes throughout Hunter that reduce paper usage by holding and/or emailing system reports and reducing copies and they are continually looking for ways to reduce our resource consumption when reviewing new software and business processes.Back to Top
- Providing new employee volunteer opportunities
- Expanding philanthropic efforts in Tijuana
- Formalizing processes for accepting donation requests