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2021 HDR Foundation Grants

YP Action Grant Cycle

Alchemist Community Development Corporation | Sacramento, CA

Guided by residents of the community, this $2,000 grant to Alchemist Community Development Corporation will transform a vacant lot into a thriving neighborhood park and demonstration garden. Sacramento employees will help plant trees, establish landscaping and install irrigation during a community event.

Employee Sponsor: Joshua Espinoza | Sacramento, CA  

Atlanta Community Food Bank | Atlanta, GA

This $5,000 grant will cover the expense of food distribution to approximately 200 families in need through the Atlanta Community Food Bank Mobile Pantry Program. Atlanta employees will take part in a three-hour event in which they’ll unload, display and distribute more than 10,000 pounds of food.

Employee Sponsor: Diana Gu | Atlanta, GA

Charleston Parks Conservancy | Charleston, SC

The Magnolia Community Gardens in the West Ashley neighborhood provide nutritionally rich foods for people challenged by food insecurity. Through this $4,500 grant to Charleston Parks Conservancy, Charleston employees will renovate the gardens by assembling new metal, storm-resistant garden beds and preparing them for planting.

Employee Sponsor: Bekah Payne | Charleston, SC

Friends of the Wissahickon | Philadelphia, PA

This $5,000 grant to Friends of the Wissahickon will contribute to restoring trails, streambanks and waterway quality along the Wissahickon Creek in Wissahickon State Park to repair the effects of severe degradation and erosion caused by flooding. Philadelphia employees will reintroduce native vegetation along the creek by removing invasive plants, preparing soil, and planting trees and shrubbery.

Employee Sponsor: Spencer Nush | Philadelphia, PA

Friends of Wolf Run | Lexington, KY

A low-income community will be the home to improvements to habitat, water quality and native plantings as a result of this $4,800 grant to Friends of Wolf Run. Lexington employees will team with community members to replace invasive plants with trees and native plants, conduct an educational stream walk and conduct regular water quality testing.

Employee Sponsor: Macy Purcell | Lexington, KY

Haven | Bozeman, MT

With the help of a $5,000 grant, Haven will realize the vision of creating a new outdoor space for survivors of domestic violence to spend time in a tranquil environment and bring their pets. Montana employees will lead the effort to gather volunteers to construct the space.

Employee Sponsor: Heather Nold | Bozeman, MT

HOPE Helps, Inc. | Orlando, FL

HOPE Helps, Inc. will be able to deliver holiday meal bags to 142 families through a $4,970 grant. Orlando employees will sort and package the donations, then distribute the meals as part of the annual HOPE Helps holiday event.

Employee Sponsor: Courtney Humphreys | Orlando, FL

Hope Supply Co. | Dallas, TX

This $5,000 grant to Hope Supply Co. will fund diapers and supplies for new mothers in the refugee community. Dallas employees will volunteer at a community “baby shower” to distribute the necessities to families in the Vickery Meadow neighborhood.

Employee Sponsor: Katherine Beckett | Dallas, TX

International Rescue Committee | SeaTac, WA

Employees across Washington and Montana will host an employment workshop for driven, well-qualified refugees on their journey to find meaningful work in their new home. The $5,000 grant to International Rescue Committee will fund the purchase of laptops for specific IRC clients to prepare resumes, access email and participating in virtual interviews.

Employee Sponsor: Tara Randall | Bellevue, WA

Marine Toys for Tots Foundation | Omaha, NE

The U.S. Marine Corps will deliver 245 toys to children at Omaha’s Children’s Hospital and Medical Center during the holiday season through this $4,400 grant to the Toys for Tots Foundation. Omaha employees will procure, wrap and deliver the toys to the U.S. Marine Corps.

Employee Sponsor: Angel Stoner | Omaha, NE

Martin Luther King, Jr. Elementary | Oakland, CA

This $5,000 grant to Martin Luther King, Jr. Elementary will fund physical education equipment and sports infrastructure for approximately 400 students ranging from kindergarten through 5th grade. Employees from our Walnut Creek office will help assemble and install P.E. equipment carts, soccer goals and other equipment and paint new lines on the school playground’s basketball courts.

Employee Sponsor: Natalie Bogan | Walnut Creek, CA  

Museum of Innovation and Science | Schenectady, NY

The miSci museum will receive a $5,000 grant for a new exhibit as part of its Clean Energy School Program. Albany employees will volunteer to remove an old exhibit, then assemble and install a new interactive exhibit in the museum.

Kento Yamaguchi | Albany, NY

Nashville Diaper Connection | Nashville, TN

This $4,800 grant to Nashville Diaper Connection will provide 1,200 diapers to Middle Tennessee’s only diaper bank to ensure babies in greater Nashville remain clean, dry and healthy. Brentwood employees will host an event to wrap diapers for distribution to families in need across the community.

Employee Sponsor: Ryan Gadsey | Brentwood, TN   

Omaha Public Schools Foundation | Omaha, NE

Students at Harrison Elementary School will receive supplemental meals thanks to this $4,998 grant to Omaha Public Schools Foundation. Omaha employees will pack and deliver food bags weekly to be distributed to elementary students by a counselor at the school.

Employee Sponsor: Maegan Woolf | Omaha, NE

The Relatives | Charlotte, NC

The Relatives will receive both GED preparation materials and infant supplies for young mothers and homeless youth through this $5,000 grant. Charlotte employees will host a virtual presentation on the impact of The Relatives in the community, then assemble GED preparation backpacks and write personal notes to individual recipients sharing their own education journey.

Employee Sponsor: Lara Grotz | Charlotte, NC

Together We Rise | Dallas, TX

A $4,940 grant to Together We Rise will supply materials for engaging STEM education boxes for kids in foster care. Dallas employees will curate and distribute 76 STEM boxes, which will each contain four activities in the areas of science, technology, engineering and math.

Employee Sponsor: Antara Naik | Dallas, TX

Trees Atlanta | Atlanta, GA

The Trees Atlanta NeighborWoods tree planting program will be able to increase the tree canopy coverage and greenspace in the Vince City neighborhood through this $5,000 grant. Atlanta employees will partner with the organization to plant 20 15-gallon trees near Rodney Cook, Sr. Park.

Employee Sponsor: Brigitte von Oppenfeld | Atlanta, GA

Way to Grow | Minneapolis, MN

This $4,977 grant to Way to Grow will go toward the purchase of 180 STEM activity kits for the “Great by Eight” program. Minneapolis employees will partner with educators to create educational take-home activities, kind-friendly, engineering-related tools and an inspiring storybook that can be packaged and distributed to families.

Employee Sponsor: Brian Miller | Minneapolis, MN 

Canada Fund Grant Cycle

Almost Home | Kingston, ON

Almost Home provides housing and comfort for families whose children are receiving medical treatment in Kingston-area hospitals. This CA$10,000 grant will fund new windows to reduce energy costs and improve climate control in the converted Victorian home where families stay during a vulnerable time in their lives. The home has nearly 500 check-ins per year and has served more than 7,000 families with sick or injured children.

Employee Sponsor: Sara Ross | Kingston, ON

Community Care City of Kawartha Lakes | Lindsay, ON

Community Care City of Kawartha Lakes provides door-to-door transportation for seniors and adults with physical or cognitive challenges to medical appointments, community program, shopping or social/family events within and outside of the City of Kawartha Lakes. The area consists of rural/remote towns with no connected public transit, and this lack of transportation is often a major barrier to accessing health, wellness and community support services. This CA$10,000 grant will help retrofit a newly purchased van to be fully accessible for people using wheelchairs or stretchers.

Employee Sponsor: Kerry Clifford | Ottawa, ON

U.S. Small Grant Cycle 2

Partnership for Hope | Omaha, NE

The Partnership for Hope is a community-based initiative designed to address the unique challenges faced by young adults exiting the foster care system. This $7,500 grant will provide a full kit of household cleaning supplies and basic home tools for young adults living independently for the first time. The program also provides training on independent household care and maintenance to help with this significant life transition.

Employee Sponsor: Lori Calub | Omaha, NE

Eddy House | Reno, NV

During the pandemic, Eddy House converted its operation to offer many of its daily drop-in services for homeless youth outdoors. Building on the impact of a 2020 grant for a 4-wheel-drive outreach vehicle, this $11,800 grant will fund the installation of security fencing and power so that the shelter can offer outdoor services safely after dark. Eddy House helps homeless and at-risk youth develop life and job skills necessary for sustainable independence.

Employee Sponsor: Mark P. Smith | Reno, NV

Foster Love | Papillion, NE

Tragically, children often arrive in foster care with a black garbage bag filled with dirty and poorly fitting clothing. Foster Love offers a boutique-like atmosphere for kids in foster care to pick out clothes, shoes and accessories so they feel empowered to represent themselves just like their fellow classmates. This $10,000 grant will purchase 400 pairs of shoes, making kids feel confident and supported as they return to school this fall.

Employee Sponsor: Brian Green | Omaha, NE

Reno Bike Project | Reno, NV

The Reno Bike Project centers around the belief that the bicycle is the world’s greatest, most-utilized mode of transportation and that every individual, regardless of age, gender, race, or class, has the right to afford, maintain and enjoy one. This $6,444 grant will overhaul 10 bicycles and purchase cycling equipment and repair supplies to provide transportation to previously homeless individuals who are transitioning to long-term housing at Northern Nevada HOPES Hope Springs residential facility. 

Employee Sponsor: Keith Weaver | Reno, NV

Boys and Girls Club of Northeast Ohio | Cleveland, OH

The Boys and Girls Club of Northeast Ohio provides a safe place for more than 200 Cleveland-area kids to go after school and take part in activities that emphasize academic achievement, healthy lifestyles and character development. This $20,000 grant will provide tile flooring as part of a kitchen renovation at the organization’s Broadway Club. The new kitchen will enable staff to serve healthy, hot meals for youth age 6–18, increasing their ability to focus, ensuring their nutritional needs are met, and instilling the value of healthy eating habits for a lifetime.

Employee Sponsor: Juan Guzman | Cleveland, OH

Latino Center of the Midlands | Omaha, NE

This $10,000 grant will support the continued growth of the Latino Center of the Midlands’ Siembra Salud home-based gardening and nutritional education program. Demand for the program rose during the pandemic in 2020, with more than 160 participants and a wait list of 70. Expanding on the success of a 2020 grant, the funds will be used to purchase tools and materials for families to build garden boxes and planting, maintaining and harvest their home gardens.

Employee Sponsor: Jose Labrador | Omaha, NE

Hemisfair Conservancy | San Antonio, TX

The site of the 1968 World’s Fair has become an inclusive, family-friendly park designed to emphasize health, wellness, equity and inclusion in the heart of downtown San Antonio. This $6,500 grant will fund new solar structures with LED lighting to provide shade from the hot Texas sun during the day, while harvesting solar power for lighting in Hemisfair’s Tower Park at night. The project will include interpretive panels explaining green power and sustainability, adding an educational amenity to the park’s wide array of offerings.

Employee Sponsor: J.M. Gonzalez | San Antonio, TX

HETRA | Gretna, NE

Through equine-assisted activities, the Heartland Equine Therapy Riding Academy physically and emotionally improves the lives of children and adults with disabilities such as cerebral palsy, spina bifida, muscular dystrophy, cystic fibrosis, brain tumors, head or spinal cord injuries, visual impairments, autism, developmental delays and strokes. This $9,000 grant will fund materials for at-risk youth and young adults to build shelters to protect horses from overheating and exhaustion while outdoors in the summer months. The build will provide an educational opportunity for participants to develop teamwork, communication and time management skills.

Employee Sponsor: Teresa Konda | Omaha, NE

Native Prairies Association of Texas | Deer Park, TX

This $10,120 grant will cover the purchase scientific and audio/visual equipment, learning tools and supplies, and educational materials for Native Prairies Association of Texas educational programs for high school girls from underrepresented backgrounds in the Houston area. The organization is dedicated to the conservation, restoration, and appreciation of native prairies, savannas, and other grasslands in Texas. Through the Deer Park Prairie Education Program, students will learn science and math through hands-on, interactive learning centered around Lawther-Deer Park Prairie, a 51-acre, never-plowed, native prairie remnant that is an excep­tional example of one of the most endangered ecosystems in North America. 

Employee Sponsor: Erin Hatchett | Fort Worth, TX

Larchmont Charter School | Los Angeles, CA

Larchmont Charter School offers a unique approach to education, including an edible schoolyard used to teach students about eco-literacy. This $20,000 grant will fund the replacement, repair and installation of irrigation systems to maintain and expand the gardens used for the edible school yard program. The program integrates environmental and biological science into the curriculum, teaching students about where food comes from, the soil and insects needed to grow food, supporting local farmers, composting and nutrition.

Employee Sponsor: Jennifer Thoren | Los Angeles, CA

U.S. Small Grant Cycle 1

ElderHelp of San Diego | San Diego, CA

ElderHelp provides personalized services and information to help low-income seniors continue to live successfully in their own homes. This $19,990 grant will help to purchase new and used office equipment, phone systems and computers to continue services without interruption after events beyond their control required a sudden office relocation. The continuity of services is particularly essential to the wellbeing of seniors, who have needed food, essential supplies and reassuring support for isolation and anxiety during COVID-19.

Employee Sponsor: Rick Veihl | San Diego, CA


Meals on Wheels Central Texas | Austin, TX

The need for shelf stable and frozen meals for homebound seniors grew even greater during COVID-19. This $20,000 grant will partially fund a new temperature-controlled meal delivery vehicle to help serve more senior clients with fewer volunteers due to social distancing requirements. Since March 2020, Meals on Wheels Central Texas has delivered 753,000 meals to home-bound seniors and added 1,300 new clients, and the new vehicle will help to safely deliver frozen foods and prevent food-borne illness to seniors in more distant locations.

HDR Sponsor: Zachary Stein | Austin, TX

Chicago Gateway Green | Chicago, IL

This $19,640 grant will create an urban habitat for butterflies and other pollinators while greening and beautifying a neglected section adjacent to the Dan Ryan Expressway in the Bronzeville neighborhood on the South Side of Chicago. Chicago Gateway Green will use the funds to purchase native perennials known to support the life cycle of the monarch butterfly. Seen by thousands of drivers and transit riders daily, the new green space will promote the importance of biodiversity and sustainable landscaping.  

Employee Sponsor: Grace Rappe | Chicago, IL

WISE Zambia | Kaoma, Zambia

WISE is a U.S.-based non-profit that actively supports women and their children at risk of abuse and abandonment in rural Zambia, a region with extreme poverty. This $19,518 grant will provide the materials and labor to complete a 1,070-foot security fence around the main campus and women’s center, where property theft has jeopardized the continuity of proven, successful educational programs and vocational training. In 2021, WISE will support more than 300 students in 23 rural schools and 36 young adults in college, nursing or vocational schools.

HDR Sponsor: James Thomas | Austin, TX

Food Bank Grants

Feeding America and Local Food Banks | U.S. and Canada

Following a successful annual giving campaign, the HDR Foundation awarded more than $105,000 to local food banks across the U.S. and Canada. More than 40 local food banks received grants in recognition of employees in HDR offices who met a special challenge related to our annual fund raising efforts.