HDR Foundation Grants Will Improve Education Services, Environmental Upkeep, Individal Health

The HDR Foundation has given four grants to nonprofit organizations in its second of three rounds of grant giving in 2016. The four grants, totaling $59,890, will create lasting impacts in four communities where HDR employees live and work through education services, environmental upkeep and improving individual health.

The second round of grants for 2016 went to four organizations: Community Housing of Wyandotte County, Kansas City, Kansas; Minnesota Literacy Council, St. Paul, Minnesota; Capitol Land Trust, Olympia, Washington; and Heartland Equine Therapeutic Riding Academy, Gretna, Nebraska.

Community Housing of Wyandotte County  |  Kansas City, Kansas
The organization’s mission is to stabilize, revitalize and reinvest in Wyandotte County’s Kansas City neighborhoods through affordable housing and other quality of life initiatives. The $15,000 grant will be used to expand Splitlog Urban Farm to include an orchard and a new green space. Specific project costs include an irrigation system, materials for a shelter that will also serve as an educational pavilion, plowing, plants and seeds, safety fencing, seating and installation of water for irrigation.

Minnesota Literacy Council  |  St. Paul, Minnesota 
The Minnesota Literacy Council will use the $15,000 grant to purchase 31 Chromebook laptop computers to replace outdated units across all three of its locations. In addition, the organization will be able to purchase two digital projectors with media carts to facilitate their classroom teachings. The MLC has reached nearly 90,000 people by offering educational programs in language skills and GED preparation when the formal education sector is not enough. It also supports other organizations by promoting volunteerism, sharing best practices and providing training, technical assistance and national service resources to programs across the state.

Capitol Land Trust  |  Olympia, Washington
The $14,890 grant will be used by Capitol Land Trust to redevelop the trail at Randall Preserve, complete with a digital informational kiosk, three new benches and crushed shell and signage for the trail. The additions to the Randall Preserve trail will provide educational opportunities for the community and the nearby elementary school and college. The new kiosk and signage will showcase the history and importance of the area to the Squaxin Island Tribe, and the benches will provide opportunities to observe the natural environment and provide stopping points for classroom activities.

Heartland Equine Therapeutic Riding Academy  |  Gretna, Nebraska 
HETRA, a 2014 large grant recipient, has been granted another $15,000 to improve access to its outdoor arena. The organization uses equine-based therapy to improve physical and emotional quality of life for individuals with disabilities. HETRA’s grant will be used to grade and surface more than 11,000 square feet of a walkway and parking lot. With the improvements, clients will not have to trek through rugged terrain that can be difficult for those using wheelchairs, walkers or braces, or with an altered walking gait pattern. Previously, the HDR Foundation funded the installation of heaters and insulation for the indoor arena, allowing HETRA to provide services year-round.

About the HDR Foundation
The HDR Foundation was founded in 2012 and has provided more than half a million dollars in grants to local organizations — fueled by donations from HDR employees. We provide grants to 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations, federally recognized tribal governments, and to political subdivisions. Our giving is targeted to the communities in which our employees live and work, and to organizations where HDR employees are highly active. Grant recipients are also required to align with HDR’s areas of focus, which include education, healthy communities and bettering the environment.

About HDR
HDR has partnered with clients to shape communities and push the boundaries of what's possible since 1917. We specialize in engineering, architecture, environmental and construction services. With nearly 10,000 employees in more than 225 locations around the world, we think global and act local.

Caption: Heartland Equine Therapeutic Riding Academy uses equine-based therapy to improve physical and emotional quality of life for individuals with disabilities.