Summer Flashback: CITC and Enterprise Team Up to Clean Up

Employees joined forces to make local neighborhood safer and healthier

CITC and Enterprise Rent-A-Car employees teamed up this July for a neighborhood cleanup.

You may be wondering what a service organization and a car rental business have in common. From our perspective, it’s a commitment to both community and partnership.

In July, Enterprise Rent-A-Car employees met up with CITC employees and youth participants to take part in one of CITC’s cleanup events. The cleanup day was a part of CITC’s continued involvement in making our community a healthier and safer place.

Before clean up began, Max Assael, Enterprise’s human resources generalist for Alaska, shared with the group about his interest in Fab Labs, which sparked when he lived in Seattle. When he moved to Alaska, his research into the topic led him to the CITC website, where he learned about the CITC Fab Lab.

Youth who participate in CITC’s programs also helped pick up trash on CITC’s Cleanup Day in July.

Enterprise encourages employees to support local nonprofits and community improvement, education, and environmental stewardship projects. The company commits to helping these organizations through monetary donations to community causes that are personally championed and actively supported by their employees.

With this knowledge in hand, Max pursued a partnership between Enterprise and CITC.

“One of Enterprise’s Founding Values is that ‘we strengthen our communities, one neighborhood at a time.’ I am honored to be able to make a difference in the community, and being able to work with CITC has been amazing. The Fab Lab is an incredibly important asset to the youth of the community, and I see our growing partnership as a great way to continue to aid Alaska,” said Max.

Joining forces, CITC and Enterprise are committed to bringing modern research combined with traditional knowledge to the Alaska Native community. As part of this partnership, Enterprise volunteers received a tour of the Fab Lab before they helped pick up trash on the Nat’uh campus and surrounding areas.

CITC Development and Outreach Specialist Foster Burgess shared, “Every day at CITC’s Fab Lab, kids build their dreams into reality, with the help of technology. Our youth have the promise to accomplish extraordinary things – to move on to incredible careers, become experts in their fields, and grow into the great leaders of tomorrow. Enterprise’s support connects students with the opportunities and resources to make it happen. We are so grateful for our partnership with Enterprise as we work together to empower students for success in academics and life.

“Community partnership starts conversations, has greater reach, and impacts lives in a profound way,” he added.

To learn more about how your organization or company can partner with CITC, please contact Kelly Hurd at

Are you a member of the community? You can still make a difference by volunteering, providing a tax-deductible donation, or joining CITC.

Enterprise Rent-A-Car employees who participated in CITC’s Cleanup Day also got a tour of the CITC Fab Lab.