Ken Young and wife Jo have made their mark on the homebuilding industry in Saline County.
They take pride in Ken Young Company's ability to build quality homes that provide attractive, quality homes for county residents. But there's a lot more to the couple's success than simply counting the houses that Ken built.
They have incorporated into their lives a practice of sharing their success with others. In fact, they recently donated all of the profits from a new residential construction project to Churches Joint Council on Human Needs.
This was the seventh charity house for the company, Young noted at a recent luncheon gathering where he presented the funds to representatives of CJCOHN.
That was no token donation: It amounted to $63,238.
At the event, Young introduced the homeowner, Mabel Maxwell, whose home is located on Nature Way in Benton.
Young also recognized numerous subcontractors who contributed to the effort.
"All of them give something," Young said. "They give what they can, and we all work together. I couldn't do this if it wasn't for their help."
At the recent gathering, Young expressed appreciation to each subcontractor who had any part in the project.
"Most of them have been involved in all seven of our charity houses," he added.
Addressing the subcontractors, he said, "Thank you for what you have done."
Young began his charitable work in 2004 and since then has donated the profits from home builds to: Humane Society of Saline County, Christian Community Care Clinic, Habitat for Humanity of Saline County, Boys & Girls Club of Saline County, Boys & Girls Club of Bryant and Safe Haven.
"We skipped a couple of years in there when the homebuilding industry was really struggling, but then we picked it back up," Young said.
CJCOHN representatives accepting the gift from the Youngs were Marsha Snyder and Linda Gilbert of First Presbyterian Church, Pat Campbell of Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church and Bill Shirron of Salem United Methodist Church.
Snyder noted that CJCOHN is a coalition of churches "from all denominations."
"We meet basic human needs for citizens of Saline County," Snyder said, noting that the agency provides food, clothing and utility assistance to hurting individuals and families.
She pointed out that the agency's Christmas basket project this year is expected to serve around 900 families.
"There are many families in dire need," Snyder said, "and the number is way up this year."
"We thank all of you very much," Campbell said.
Subcontractors assisting Young with the project include:
•Absolute Landscaping, Accent Iron, Acme Brick, Applied Graphics, Aqua Glass, Arkansas Wholesale, Arpro Painting, ATI Insulation, Blind Pro, Burrow Sheetrock, Butler Seamless Gutter, Casa Blanca Granite.
•Charles Smith Framing, Delta Faucets, Duane Henderson Construction, Fidelity Title Co., Gilson Masonry, Harp Excavating, Hastings Drywall, Jones Glass, Lawhon Siding, Leonard Underwood, LGL Wells Concrete.
•Martin Marietta Aggregates, McCauley Services, McCoy Planning Services, McDonald Fence, Metro Builders Supply, Alum Fork Woodworks, Olympia Construction Products, Pro Builder Supply, Quaker Windows, R & R Sheetmetal, Heating & Air, Rheem Water Heaters.
•Ricketts Plumbing, Ridout Lumber, Royal Overhead Door, Sanders Supply, Southern Pipe Supply, Storey Welch Cleaning Service, The Roofing Co., The Woodlands LLC and Vorten's China.