Girls Inc. STEM Students

2020 HDR Foundation Grants

Small Grant Cycle 2

Arizona Sustainability Alliance | Tempe, AZ

A $19,930 grant to the Arizona Sustainability Alliance will fund the purchase of solar panels, battery storage and additional materials for Maya’s Farm, a zero-emissions, energy-independent farm in South Phoenix. Through community supported agriculture, the organic farm produces vegetables, herbs, flowers and eggs for local markets, restaurants and schools. The nearly 7-acre facility is dedicated to growing healthy food and educating underserved community.

HDR Sponsor: Trevor Root | Phoenix, AZ

Latino Center of the Midlands | Omaha, NE

Latino Center of the Midlands enhances the lives of the Heartland Latino community by supporting the education and development of youth and adults, promoting comprehensive engagement of families in all facets of their lives, and by fostering leadership through a variety of services and activities. This $15,000 grant will support the Siembra Salud (growing wellness) program, a home-based gardening and nutrition education program for families. The funds will be used to purchase sustainable garden bed materials, soil, soil amendments, gardening tools, curriculum learning packets and family lesson manuals.

HDR Sponsor: Jose Labrador | Omaha, NE

Summerbridge Louisville | Louisville, KY

Summerbridge Louisville prepares and supports talented underserved middle school students for greater academic success and increased confidence, emphasizing math, reading, writing and critical thinking skills. This $6,000 grant would purchase 20 Chromebooks for low-income students to use during the six-week summer virtual learning program, which has heightened importance to mitigate academic decline following non-traditional instruction during the spring 2020 semester. The grant will allow each child to have a laptop during the program.

HDR Sponsor: Ameerah Palacios | Louisville, KY

Young, Black & Lit | Evanston, IL

This $15,000 grant to Young, Black & Lit will fund the purchase of books for the “Lit Year” program to all Evanston elementary schools. Each kindergarten student will receive 15 books throughout the school year that they will take home for their personal libraries — totaling 11,000 books for 750 students. The organization’s mission is to increase access to children's books that center, reflect and affirm the experiences of Black children by partnering with individuals, organizations and schools throughout the Chicagoland area.

HDR Sponsor: Andrea Roncek | Chicago, IL

Girls Inc. of Omaha | Omaha, NE

This $12,200 grant to Girls Inc. of Omaha will provide computers, tablets, cameras, video software, and art materials for two STEM education classes serving 50 girls. Using stop-motion software and modeling supplies in a Claymation studio, girls will produce animated explanatory videos about mechanical and natural processes, such as how a bridge carries a load or how a food web sustains an ecosystem. In the coding lab, girls will progress through several computer-coding projects, each building on previous code blocks.

HDR Sponsor: Ann Williams | Omaha, NE

Big Sky Science Education Enhancement | Billings, MT

Big Sky Science Education Enhancement provides hands-on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics activities to increase youth interest in careers in technological, engineering and scientific fields. This $8,187 grant will provide computers and rockets to expand the Rocket and Rocket Engineering Design camps into a computer-aided rocket design camp using computers and RockSim software. The Rocketry program has grown to include 10 camps annually, with more than 200 participants between the ages of 10 and 18.

HDR Sponsor: Kristopher Kenney | Billings, MT

Girl Scouts of San Gorgonio Council | Redlands, CA

More than 5,000 Girl Scouts have taken part in environmental education, STEM programs and camping sessions at the 191-acre Skyland Ranch Camp. Using a $9,000 HDR Foundation grant to the Girl Scouts of San Gorgonio Council purchase native plants, shrubs and vegetation, girls will identify and install native vegetation that will thrive in the current terrain. Through the implementation of Project Restore, girls will learn about protecting the earth's natural resources and actively take part in environmental research, cleanup projects, and tree planting.

HDR Sponsor: Lisa Reece | Riverside, CA

Bags of Fun | Centennial, CO

While 6-year-old Gabby Krause courageously battled brain cancer, her mother packed bags filled with toys, games and puzzles to give her a chance to be a kid while she was in the hospital. Before Gabby died, her wish was that all the children in the hospital could have their own Bags of Fun to bring moments of joy, learning and silliness during treatment. With fundraising events limited during COVID-19, this $20,000 grant will provided 60 Bags of Fun to children in palliative care.

HDR Sponsor: Laurie A. Christian | Englewood, CO

Central Kentucky Riding for Hope | Lexington, KY

This $9,372 grant will fund surface renovation for the outdoor therapy arena and adjoining horse paddocks at Central Kentucky Riding for Hope. There, individuals with physical, cognitive or behavioral disabilities participate in therapeutic activities with the horse, resulting in improved health and quality of life. The project will include developing and installing a new water drainage system, refurbishing the arena's surface footing and spreading additional gravel/geo-textile fabric in adjoining paddocks to help reduce water accumulation.

HDR Sponsor: Ross Guffey | Lexington, KY

Eddy House | Reno, NV

An estimated 800 homeless youth camp on the river banks, parks and outlying areas of Reno, Nevada. Eddy House works with homeless and at-risk youth to develop life and job skills necessary for sustainable independence. This $20,000 grant to Eddy House will be used to purchase a 4-wheel-drive vehicle to conduct outreach and transport staff and homeless youth clients to five shelter facilities.

HDR Sponsor: Mark P. Smith, Reno, NV

Sleep in Heavenly Peace – Omaha Chapter | Omaha, NE

The mission of Sleep in Heavenly Peace is to build and deliver beds to kids who do not have a bed of their own to sleep in. This $17,500 grant will be used to build 100 handmade bunk beds for kids in Douglas and Sarpy County, Nebraska. Each $175 bed includes a frame, new mattress, bedding set and pillow, giving children a safe and comfortable place to lay their heads.

HDR Sponsor: Jessica Kaiser | Omaha, NE

Special C.H.E.E.R.S. | Houston, TX

In 2017, Hurricane Harvey flooded much of the Special C.H.E.E.R.S. occupational therapy center in Houston, including their barn, office, storage facilities and playground — which was destroyed. This $20,000 grant will replace the playground with adaptive play equipment at the facility, which is used in therapy for children and young adults with physical, developmental and emotional challenges. The center’s multi-faceted approach to building functional living skills also includes educational learning laboratories and animal therapy with horses, dogs and chickens.

HDR Sponsor: Jeremy Blevins | Houston, TX

Africa Strong | Uganda

This $13,000 grant to Africa Strong will help build a new kitchen at Rwemiyenye Primary School in southwestern Uganda. Staff currently use an open-fire wood-burning stove to prepare three meals a day, seven days a week for 80 students, teachers and staff. The renovation will create an eco-friendly kitchen that improves safety and air quality in the school, benefiting the health of students and teachers.

HDR Sponsor: Ned J. Bagniewski | Omaha, NE

Small Grant Cycle 1

ACE Mentor Program of Chicago | Chicago, IL

The HDR Foundation’s $9,000 grant will cover materials for the ACE Mentor Program of Chicago Summer Design-Build Program, a seven-week workshop in which high school students engage in a community design project that exposes students to opportunities in architecture, construction and engineering. Working virtually this summer, up to 15 students will collaborate with mentors from the architecture, engineering and construction industry to design a shade structure and outdoor mechanics stations for Blackstone Bicycle Works, a community bicycle shop with STEM education programs for young people.

Centro Cultural Guanin | La Piedra, Dominican Republic

A grant of $15,000 from the HDR Foundation will cover 75% of the cost to purchase and retrofit a vehicle to be used to transport residents of rural La Piedra to a larger hospital’s emergency room when immediate medical attention is needed. Centro Cultural Guanin is a nonprofit in La Piedra that works with young people and their families to build stronger communities in desperately poor areas.

HDR Sponsor: Joe Wittman | Bellevue, WA

COVID-19 Grants

Feeding America | United States

A $150,000 contribution will be made to Feeding America, which provides food assistance to more than 46 million people in the U.S. through its partnerships with 60,000 food pantries and meal programs. Donations to its COVID-19 Response Fund will be used to keep local food banks stocked throughout the pandemic.

Direct Relief | Worldwide

A $150,000 donation will also be provided to Direct Relief. This organization works in the U.S. and internationally to equip doctors and nurses with lifesaving medical resources. Donations to its COVID-19 Fund will support the delivery of personal protective equipment — masks, gloves and isolation gowns — to healthcare organizations on the front lines of the outbreak.