HDR Foundation Helps Children Live Healthier Lifestyles, Receive STEM Education

In its first round of grants for 2016 the HDR Foundation has distributed four grants totaling $57,500 to four organizations that will help bring healthy lifestyles for children, provide needed medical screenings, bring food to starving children and help broaden STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) education for middle school students.

The organizations are Apollo-Ridge Education Foundation, Spring Church, Pennsylvania; Nordic Journeys, Anchorage, Alaska; and Cornbelt Diabetes Connection and Kids Against Hunger, both based in Omaha.

Apollo-Ridge Education Foundation  |  Spring Church, Pennsylvania
The $15,000 small grant provided to the Apollo-Ridge Education Foundation will be used to purchase VEX Robotics kits and additional supplies to support STEM education in the Apollo-Ridge School District. The school will use the supplies to teach eighth-grade students a new STEM-based curriculum to encourage and inspire students to pursue more advanced high school courses.
Nordic Journeys  |  Anchorage, Alaska
Nordic Journeys helps foster health and recreation for students across Alaska by encouraging them to be active in cross-country skiing. The HDR Foundation small grant of $15,000 will be used to purchase skis, boots, bindings and poles for two schools in southeast Alaska. The organization provides 20 to 50 sets of skis to each community it serves, most of which are made up of Native Alaskans. It uses volunteer coaches, who include Olympic skiers and elite high school coaches, to teach cross-country skiing, running and biathlon and encourage active lifestyles.
Cornbelt Diabetes Connection  |  Omaha, Nebraska
Cornbelt Diabetes Connection will use the HDR Foundation’s $15,000 small grant to help purchase a new Mobile Diabetes Center, which is staffed by nurses and students from Nebraska Methodist College. The new Winnebago will help in providing alternative healthcare delivery methods to test people with diabetes or related complications. Targeted at people who cannot afford to see a physician for examination and testing, the Cornbelt Diabetes Connection is recognized as the only mobile diabetes screening service in the United States.
Kids Against Hunger  |  Omaha, Nebraska
During an HDR conference in October 2016, more than 500 HDR employees will spend two hours packaging 100,000 meals for Kids Against Hunger. The HDR Foundation has given a $12,500 small grant to Kids Against Hunger to fund half of the meals for the event. With 100,000 meals, 500 starving children from around the world will be provided food for six months. This conference will be one of the largest packaging events to date for the organization.
About the HDR Foundation
The HDR Foundation is a nonprofit organization founded in 2012 by HDR, a company of nearly 10,000 employees that specializes in engineering, architecture, environmental and construction services. The foundation has provided more than half a million dollars in grants to local organizations and is fueled by HDR employee donations. Also, all grant recipients boast active involvement from HDR employees. The foundation provides grants to 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations, federally recognized tribal governments and political subdivisions. Grants are targeted to the communities in which HDR employees live and work, focusing on the U.S. organizations or those that support global initiatives. There are three annual cycles in which the HDR Foundation distributes grants — two for small grants ($15,000 or less) and one for large grants (more than $15,000). Find more information or find out how to apply for a grant at

Caption: Based in Anchorage, Alaska, Nordic Journeys helps foster health and recreation for students across Alaska by encouraging them to be active in cross-country skiing.