The Orange County Register

By Claudia Koerner 

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April 18, 2011-- Fluor Corp. and its employees were honored Thursday for their volunteering efforts.  OneOC, formerly Volunteer Center Orange County, selected Fluor for the Giving Is Living Corporate Volunteer Award. The company, along with other local volunteers, were honored at the annual Spirit of Volunteerism Awards luncheon Thursday at the Disneyland Hotel. The Orange County Register is a sponsor of the awards.

Michael Milazzo, vice president and general manager of Fluor's Southern California operations, said he was honored by the recognition of Fluor's foundation and employees. Even in a down economy, he said, employees were giving time and money to local causes.

"Our employees are really stepping up to the plate," he said.

The company, which has offices locally in Aliso Viejo, Irvine and Long Beach, collects school supplies annually. When it comes time to stuff backpacks with donations, employees gather at lunch to work together, he said. Last Christmas, employees adopted 40 Marine families from Camp Pendleton, and the company also gives to the United Way.

Fluor was selected for the award out of more than 50 companies, earning nominations from 11 nonprofit groups. Other nominees included Beckman Coulter, Cox Communications, Oakley and Pimco.

Fluor's history of encouraging a culture of service throughout its business and giving to a variety of local organizations made it stand out, according to a OneOC news release.

From education to the environment, from homelessness to the arts, Fluor employees continue to dedicate themselves to creating long-lasting, positive changes that will secure a brighter future for all of Orange County's residents, the release states.

"It's in our culture to give back," Milazzo said. "It's just something as employees we do."

The founders of Fluor started the company's charitable foundation decades ago, and the idea of giving back to the community has spread to each of its offices worldwide, Milazzo added.

Giving back makes the community stronger, he said.

"We live in this community, and we work in this community," he said. "That's what we draw from."

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