The Lower Columbia College Foundation has named JH Kelly as its 2016-17 Benefactor of the Year.
In business for more than 90 years, JH Kelly was one of Longview’s founding companies. Founder Jack Kelly, Sr. made his way to Longview while traveling to California from Canada in the 1920s. After meeting Robert A. Long, he decided to stay in Longview and opened his business on Commerce Avenue. Led by a fourth-generation "Kelly," Mason Evans, JH Kelly is now one of the largest industrial mechanical contractors in the country.
“We have been fortunate to have so many longstanding businesses in our community who give back. JH Kelly is a powerful force in our community and has impacted the lives of so many students at LCC through scholarship support, facilities improvements, direct program support, and employment after graduation from LCC.” — LCC Foundation President Alex Nelson.
Over the past 25 years, JH Kelly has provided over $100,000 in financial and in-kind gifts to the college, supporting initiatives such as the LCC Student Success Fund, the LCC Head Start program, student scholarships, and various academic and athletic programs.
“We recently celebrated the dedication of the new Head Start Memorial Park building which will serve hundreds of children and their families in the years to come. We couldn’t have done it without the partnership of JH Kelly, which donated more than $75,000 in labor and materials for its completion.” — LCC President Chris Bailey.
JH Kelly is actively involved in many community-based non-profit organizations including; the Columbia Theatre, St. John's, United Way, The Boys and Girls Club, Students in Need, and Home with Heroes.
Benefactor honorees have a history of providing charitable financial support to the foundation, and/or significant volunteer service to the college. Most notably, contributions from honorees have had major impacts on the college, its programs, students, or the community.
The Foundation's mission is to provide financial support where public funds are not sufficient, and to gather support for the enhancement of educational opportunities at Lower Columbia College.
JH Kelly is a fourth generation, family-owned construction firm that provides mechanical services to commercial facility owners while also acting as a self-performing industrial general contractor at process plants throughout Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Montana.
Chairman and President of JH Kelly.
Over the past 25 years, JH Kelly has provided over $100,000 in financial and in-kind gifts to the college,