Charlotte, NC – On Saturday, December 4, O.R. Colan Associates (ORC) has launched our own Founder’s Day in honor of Mr. Colan’s birthday. Mr. Colan was fondly known as “Mr. C” to those who worked with him. ORC was founded in 1969 on the vision and innovation of Owen Richard Colan to serve the emerging real estate needs of public agencies. Our group of companies today continues his legacy of innovation as we continually expand our reach to meet the national demands of increasingly specialized and diverse real estate services for public infrastructure.
In celebration of Founder’s Day, and honoring our organizational value of Social Responsibility, ORC is proud to announce our partnership as a National Corporate Sponsor of the U.S. Marines Toys for Tots this holiday season.
“My father would be so proud to see the company that he founded grow to become a leader in our industry and he would have loved the idea of teaming with Toys for Tots,” says Catherine Colan Muth, our CEO.
Since its inception, and through partnerships with businesses like ORC, the Marine Corps Reserve has distributed toys annually nationwide. The Marine Toys for Tots program is a nonprofit that helps bring joy to less fortunate children by providing toys during the holiday season. Their mission is to collect new unwrapped toys and distribute them to economically disadvantaged children at Christmas time. They have been making a difference in the lives of American families since 1947, having distributed over 600 million toys to date and supported over 270 million children. The program distributes an average of 18 million toys to 7 million children annually.
Founded in 1969, ORC is one of the nation’s largest right-of-way service providers offering a full range of ROW services to public agencies, utility companies and energy clients. As a national firm, we employ 285+ staff members, with 35 offices in 23 states. Our clients include more than 35 utility companies, 150 airport authorities, and 30 State Departments of Transportation, as well as FEMA, DOE/NNSA, EPA, FTA, USACE, HUD, GSA, National Park Service, and numerous state, county, municipal, and local public agencies.
About Toys for Tots
Toys for Tots, a 74-year national charitable program run by the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve, provides happiness, and hope to less fortunate children during each Christmas holiday season. The toys, books, and other gifts collected and distributed by our Marines and volunteers during the Christmas season offer these children recognition, confidence, and a positive memory for a lifetime. Toys for Tots also provides support year-round to less fortunate families experiencing challenges and exceptional circumstances, thus sending a message of hope beyond the holiday season. It is such experiences that help children become responsible citizens and caring members of their community. Last year, the Marine Toys for Tots Program fulfilled the holiday hopes and dreams of 7.4 million less fortunate children in over 800 communities nationwide. Since 1947, over 272 million children have been assisted. The Marine Toys for Tots Foundation is a not-for-profit organization authorized by the U.S. Marine Corps and the Department of Defense to provide fundraising and other necessary support for the annual Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program. For more information, please visit www.toysfortots.org.