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2022 HDR Foundation Grants

YP Action Grant Cycle

This grant cycle includes grants from the HDR Foundation and HDR Canada Fund.

360°kids | Markham, ON

Using this CA$5,000 grant, our Richmond Hill employees will collaborate with 360°kids and Kits For a Cause to assemble transitional housing kits for underprivileged and at-risk young adults moving into new apartments. The kits will include dishware, utensils, cooking supplies, cleaning supplies and essential winter clothing.

Employee Sponsors: Hanen Alkadhally, Janice Look, Mahsa Khodadadi, Nicole Brinic, Laura Chong and Dawn Padiernos | Richmond Hill, ON

ACE Mentor Program of Colorado | Denver, CO

Aligned with its mission to engage, excite and enlighten high school students to pursue careers in architecture, engineering and construction, this US$5,000 grant will enable ACE Mentor Program of Colorado to provide STEM-related supplies for program participants. Each student will receive a backpack, packed by our Denver employees, with supplies and educational materials to learn about the engineered world and facilitate entry into STEM fields.

Employee Sponsor: Juan Guzman | Denver, CO

Agency for New Americans, a program of Jannus | Boise, ID

Five newly arrived refugee families will receive supplies to help them settle into their new homes in the Boise area thanks to this US$4,990 grant. A small team of our Boise employees will be assigned to each family identified by the Agency for New Americans to assist with both purchasing and home set-up. 

Employee Sponsor: Nawid Mousa | Boise, ID

Alchemist CDC | Sacramento, CA

This US$4,000 grant will enable Alchemist CDC to purchase and construct a three-bin composting system and host an educational event at Pansy Community Garden Park. Building upon a 2021 YP Action Grant led by our Sacramento employees, the project will educate the local community on proper maintenance of native fruit trees and ensure ecological waste is incorporated back into the environment.

Employee Sponsor: Brenda Lopez | Sacramento, CA

Arizona Humane Society | Phoenix, AZ

Our Phoenix employees will work with the Arizona Humane Society will utilize the funds from this US$5,000 grant to assemble dog beds and care-in-place kits for newborn kittens. The dog beds will provide a place for dogs living in the shelter to sleep, while the kitten kits will help newborn kittens receive the nourishment and care they need outside the shelter.

Employee Sponsor: Miranda Sundblom | Phoenix, AZ

ASHRAE Nebraska Chapter | Omaha, NE

The ASHRAE Nebraska Chapter will use this US$3,000 grant to introduce young students to engineering-related jobs. The funding will be used to purchase copies of the children’s book “Lucy’s Engineering Adventure” for local elementary schools, where American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers members from HDR will engage in reading sessions.

Employee Sponsors: Sara Robbins and Peter Koneck-Wilwerding | Omaha, NE

Big Brothers and Big Sisters Calgary | Calgary, AB

This CA$5,000 grant will provide holiday gifts for approximately 150 Calgary-area children living in nontraditional homes. Big Brothers and Big Sisters Calgary will provide the children’s wish lists to our Calgary employees, who will purchase and wrap gifts, prioritizing items that support education and development.

Employee Sponsor: Zhengwen Chen | Calgary, AB

Center for Food Action | Englewood, NJ

Our Mahwah staff will utilize this US$5,000 grant to purchase and assemble items for more than 800 snack packs for the Center for Food Action Weekend Snack Pack Program. These snack packs, consisting of milk, cereal, juice, fruit, pasta, and a snack bar, will be distributed to local children to help them avoid hunger on weekends and holidays when they can't depend on meals from their schools.

Employee Sponsor: Hayley Bundz | Mahwah, NJ

Central Arizona Shelter Services | Phoenix, AZ

The Vista Colina Family Shelter, operated by Central Arizona Shelter Services, provides housing for up to 36 families experiencing homelessness every night. With the support of this US$4,700 grant, our Phoenix employees will provide adult residents with a day-long “Professionalism Workshop” and make improvements to the children’s playroom.

Employee Sponsor: Hadley Habeck | Phoenix, AZ

City of Boise Parks and Recreation | Boise, ID

Our Boise young professionals group will spend a weekend replanting an area of the City of Boise’s Boise River Greenbelt recently disturbed by construction. This US$4,687 grant will purchase native shrubs and forbs, seedling protection tubes and gardening equipment to revegetate the area, reducing the likelihood of erosion and water quality problems.

Employee Sponsor: Alesha Willis | Boise, ID

Coastal Bend Food Bank | Corpus Christi, TX

This US$4,743 grant will enable our Corpus Christi employees to assemble 900 backpacks of kid-friendly, non-perishable food for students in the Corpus Christi area experiencing food insecurity. Volunteers will work with the Coastal Bend Food Bank to distribute the backpacks across 16 area school districts.

Employee Sponsor: Kailey Murphy | Corpus Christi, TX

Fenton Charter Public Schools | Sun Valley, CA

This US$4,924 grant will provide more than 700 Santa Monica Blvd Community Charter School students with supplies to start the school year. Our Los Angeles employees will assemble backpacks for the students, 98% of whom qualify for free or reduced lunch and otherwise might lack access to quality educational supplies.

Employee Sponsor: Ana Rios | Los Angeles, CA

Gwinnett County Soil and Water Conservation District | Lawrenceville, GA

Our Atlanta employees will partner with the Gwinnett County Soil and Water Conservation District to contribute to a one-day project to install native plantings and place of boulders, rebar and other locally sourced materials at Crayfish Creek. Made possible by this US$5,000 grant, the effort will reduce sediment buildup that currently interferes with the spawning of brown trout in the creek.

Employee Sponsors: Brigitte von Oppenfeld and Jenna Levy | Atlanta, GA

Organize Sacramento | Sacramento, CA

To provide self-defense tools and training to LGBTQ+ community members, Organize Sacramento and Pride at Work Sacramento will use this US$4,730 grant to purchase materials for 100 self-defense kits, which will be assembled by our Folsom employees. The kits, which include pepper spray, flashlights, personal safety alarms and information on safety and wellness resources, will be distributed at a free community safety event.

Employee Sponsor: Makayla Dennis | Folsom, CA

Park Pride | Atlanta, GA

This US$5,000 grant will be used to purchase raised garden beds, soil, seeds and gardening supplies for Lindsay Street Park in Atlanta. Our Atlanta employees will partner with Park Pride for a half-day garden and pollinator expansion project to support the continued development of the park as a local food source.

Employee Sponsor: Rachel Cohen | Atlanta, GA

Penticton Community Soupateria | Penticton, BC

The Penticton Community Soupateria serves tens of thousands of meals annually to community members in need, including single mothers, people experiencing homelessness, lonely seniors and people facing unemployment. This CA$5,000 grant will provide new kitchen and on-site gardening equipment to expand the capacity of daily food service.

Employee Sponsor: Tony Atkins | Penticton, BC

Refugee Care Collective | Portland, OR

The Refuge Care Collective brings care to families who have been resettled after fleeing war, violence and persecution. Our employees will use this $5,000 grant to build restart kits (including kitchen and bathroom supplies, bedding, etc.) for 25 refugee families.

Employee Sponsor: Pegah Alavi | Portland, OR

Saved Me Rescue | Philadelphia, PA

Our Philadelphia employees will remove existing, run-down puppy kennels to make way for a new set of kennels at Saved Me Rescue, which works to find homes for dogs in high-kill shelters. This US$5,000 grant will fund supplies for kennel removal, cleaning and painting as well as the cost of installation for the new kennels.

Employee Sponsor: Shane Galloway | Philadelphia, PA

South Okanagan Women in Need Society | Penticton, BC

This CA$4,944 grant will fund the assembly of backpacks with food and essential personal items for individuals who have endured mental or physical abuse and face challenges to their safety or food security. Our Penticton and Victoria employees will assemble the kits in partnership with the South Okanagan Women in Need Society.

Employee Sponsor: Tony Atkins | Penticton, BC

Tennessee Environmental Council | Nashville, TN

With the help of our Brentwood employees and this US$5,000 grant, the Tennessee Environmental Council will install a 5,000-square-foot pollinator garden and provide educational curricula and seeds for students at Stratford STEM Magnet School. The garden will create a space for pollinator insects like bees and butterflies to live or temporarily during migrations.

Employee Sponsor: Lyranda Thiem | Brentwood, TN

Trees Atlanta | Atlanta, GA

Unincorporated areas adjacent to metro-Atlanta, like Pinnacle Park in Norcross, Georgia, are severely underfunded for projects like urban forestry. This US$5,000 grant will allow our Atlanta employees to partner with Trees Atlanta to plant and maintain 20 new trees in the park, building upon a 2021 YP Action Grant that added trees to the Vine City neighborhood.

Employee Sponsor: Diana Gu | Atlanta, GA

United Way of Treasure Valley | Boise, ID

This US$5,000 grant will be used to purchase critical feminine and hygiene supplies for homeless students in the Boise area. Our Boise employees will work with the United Way of Treasure Valley team to stock the supply pantry, which is accessible to student liaisons, social workers and counselors.

Employee Sponsor: Crystal Jensen | Boise, ID

The Valerie Fund | Maplewood, NJ

The Valerie Fund, which supports children with cancer and blood disorders and their families, operates a free, weeklong overnight camp for children and young adults who have or had cancer. This US$4,500 grant will enable our Mahwah employees to purchase, assemble and deliver toiletry kits for summer 2023 campers.

Employee Sponsor: Deidra Valianti | Mahwah, NJ

HDR Canada Fund Grant Cycle

March of Dimes Canada | Toronto, ON

This CA$10,000 grant will help March of Dimes Canada grow its After Stroke personalized recovery program that helps survivors and their families move forward after a stroke. The funds will better connect local hospitals with community partners, filling the gap to create a more seamless transition from the hospital to the home. The program provides a support network to keep survivors connected to family, friends and other community members to ease feelings of isolation that often can affect the mental health of survivors.

Employee sponsor: Jacob Bellerose | Toronto, ON

Rocky Mountain Adaptive | Canmore, AB

Rocky Mountain Adaptive Sports provides accessible mountain sport and recreational opportunities in the Canadian Rockies, from kayaking and hiking in the summer to skiing and snowboarding in the winter. This CA$10,000 grant will fund adaptive kayak equipment for children and adults with disabilities visiting William Watson Lodge, where more than 300 participants per year are expected to experience the Canadian wilderness from the water. RMA facilitates more than 2,000 adaptive experiences per year by removing the barriers to patriation in mountain sport through adaptive equipment, professional instruction and trained volunteers.

Employee sponsor: Michelle Parratt | Calgary, AB 

U.S. Small Grant Cycle 2

ALS Association New Mexico Chapter | Albuquerque, NM

Following diagnosis with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, or ALS, patients slowly lose the ability to do everyday tasks, including communicating verbally with family and friends. This $15,000 grant to the ALS Association New Mexico Chapter will expand the Zia ALwayS Cares program, offering families an adaptive communications kit to adapt as the progressive neurodegenerative disease advances. The kits could include a boogie board, alphabet/letter board, text-to-speech app information, stylus, amplifier and voice recorder with voice banking, and instruction manuals, helping to ease the communication burden between ALS patients and their loved ones.

Employee sponsor: Paul Molina | Albuquerque, NM

Creighton Community Foundation | Phoenix, AZ

This $19,067 grant to the Creighton Community Foundation will fund a mini-tractor to help transform unused land for development of a series of youth-led, community-accessible gardens along a socio-economically diverse, high-traffic pedestrian corridor. The program will help revitalize 14 low-income food desert communities in east-central Phoenix, where disadvantaged households often report incomes of less than $23,000 a year. CCF’s mission is to develop community vibrancy through multi-generational, community capacity-building strategies integrated into school-centered neighborhoods.

Employee sponsor: Becky Santiago | Phoenix, AZ

Dorchester Children’s Advocacy Center | Summerville, SC

Dorchester Children’s Advocacy Center offers a one-stop shop for child abuse victims and their families collaborating with partners from law enforcement, child protective services, solicitors offices, school districts, and medical and mental health agencies in the investigation, prosecution and treatment of child abuse. This $20,000 grant will help fund the renovation of the facility’s main lobby restroom to meet American Disabilities Act compliance, helping to better serve aging caregivers who are taking on emergency custody of their young family members. Since opening its doors in 2003, DCAC has served over 16,000 community members at no cost to families or children receiving services.

Employee sponsor: Russ Touchberry | North Charleston, SC

Engineers Without Borders USA | Denver, CO

Engineers Without Borders builds a better world through engineering projects that empower communities to meet their basic human needs. This $15,738 grant will help provide reliable access to safe drinking water in the community of Mabinju, Kenya, where three out of 10 children regularly miss school to search for clean water. The grant will fund solar panels, pumps, storage tanks, lighting rods and water dispensers.

Employee sponsor: John Buttz | Sacramento, CA

Girl Scouts of San Gorgonio | Redlands, CA

The Girl Scouts of San Gorgonio’s Council launched the Skyland Ranch Environmental Education program to empower K-12 students to lead adventures, partake in environmental stewardship, and join in hands-on educational activities. Building upon two previous grants from the HDR Foundation, this $20,000 grant will be used to purchase new equipment that will expand opportunities for more than 600 girls expected to participate in the environmental education program during the next school year. These improvements will prepare the next generation to understand climate change, clean and efficient energy, energy plant management and more.

Employee sponsor: Lisa Reece | Riverside, CA

Heartland Equine Therapeutic Riding Academy | Gretna, NE

The Heartland Equine Therapeutic Riding Academy improves the physical and emotional well-being of children and adults with disabilities through equine-assisted activities. This $10,198 grant will fund the addition of fencing for the facility’s sensory trail, where participants on horseback engage in activities with visual, auditory and tactile simulation for specific diagnoses. Continuing a successful partnership, this is the fourth grant the HDR Foundation has awarded to HETRA.

Employee sponsor: Teresa Konda | Omaha, NE

Life Concepts within Quest | Orlando, FL

Quest is Central Florida’s leading provider of care and services for adults and children with developmental disabilities such as autism, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, spina bifida, and other developmental and intellectual delays and behavioral concerns. Through a $15,000 grant, the Life Concepts program within Quest will build a new health and safety behavior program for approximately 20 adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The program will help participants develop skills in the areas of nutrition and meal preparation, exercise and fitness, communication, public wayfinding and personal safeguarding.

Employee sponsor: Angela Holcomb | Tampa, FL

Reading Allowed | Philadelphia, PA

This $9,500 grant to Reading Allowed will fund literacy instruction materials, student assessment materials and technology to support a structured literacy program at Francis Scott Key School. An estimated 75% of students at the school are in the English Language Learners program, and nearly 100% qualify for free or reduced lunches. Literacy tutors from Reading Allowed will work with 60 students during the school year with goals to advance and read at their grade level, become more confident in their understanding of English and improve their self-esteem through academic performance.

Employee sponsor: Joshua Marks | New York, NY

The Street Trust | Portland, OR

The Street Trust advocates for multimodal transportation options that prioritize safety, accessibility, equity, and climate justice in the Portland Metro Region. This $9,355 grant will help build the organization’s community mobility workshop with a package of transportable state-of-the-art equipment and accessible technology to better engage community members where they live. The workshops will allow The Street Trust to offer family walk and ride events, community listening sessions and free clinics and classes on bicycle and scooter safety and being a friendly driver.

Employee sponsor: Sumi Malik | Portland, OR

U.S. Small Grant Cycle 1

American Water Works Association | Orlando, FL

This $18,000 grant will fund two aerial and two bathymetric drones to complete the curriculum of an American Water Works Association pilot program designed to strengthen the digital technology skills of high school students. A coveted program for many high schools, AWWA chose two schools with highly diverse student enrollment to participate in the program. After completing the program, students will be prepared to test for their drone pilot licenses and have employable skills for water utilities in need of talent.

Employee sponsor: Kevin Bergschneider | Denver, CO

Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana | New Orleans, LA

CRCL is Louisiana’s oldest, statewide non-profit organization dedicated to coastal restoration. This $6,169 grant will support the construction of new air prune beds at the Pontchartrain Conservancy nursery, enabling CRCL to grow saplings locally rather than purchase trees from an outside source. The air pruning beds produce healthier root balls, which increase the saplings’ transplant success — vital to a state that has lost more than 1 million acres of wetlands and barrier shoreline since 1900. With the new pruning beds, CRCL will grow 8,500 trees for 40 acres of wetland planting, impacting up to 43,000 Louisianans living along the coast.

Employee sponsor: Erin Rooney | New Orleans, LA

Explore Austin | Austin, TX

Building upon a seven-year partnership with our Austin office employees, this $15,650 grant will fund the purchase of backpacks, hiking boots, climbing ropes, helmets, and climbing shoes for 300 low-income, predominantly Black and Latino youth who participate in the Explore Austin outdoor adventure program. Explore Austin matches sixth graders with mentors who stay with the explorers through high school, helping them to reach their full potential through challenging outdoor activities. The HDR Foundation has awarded four grants to Explore Austin, matching our employee mentors with local students and helping the organization make a difference in the lives of numerous youth annually.

Employee sponsor: Will Wehner | Austin, TX

G Road | Scottsdale, AZ

G Road supports young people on their road to adulthood through creative programming, including a hands-on gardening and sustainability program that teaches kids about healthy habits. This $19,880 grant will be used to purchase a shipping container and shade structure for an outdoor instruction and food prep area within a community garden adjacent to downtown Phoenix. The space will be used to expand an after-school program with about 70 youth participants and their family members.  

Employee sponsor: Becky Santiago | Phoenix, AZ

Heartland Family Service | Omaha, NE

This $11,319 grant to Heartland Family Services will go toward the purchase and installation of artificial grass in a sensory atrium designed to calm young people experiencing a behavioral health crisis. This safe space includes sensory tiles, picnic tables, weighted blankets, and other items for students that experience significant emotional dysregulation. Since 1875, Heartland Family Services has strengthened individuals, families, and communities in Nebraska and Iowa, including support of therapeutic school programs designed for students experiencing behavioral, emotional and/or mental health challenges.

Employee sponsor: Leanne Ziettlow | Omaha, NE

Metropolitan Community College Foundation | Omaha, NE

This $11,260 grant to Metropolitan Community College Foundation will fund the installation of solar panels at the Yates Illuminates community center freight farm, a vertical hydroponic growing system designed inside a shipping container to allow year-round growing. The freight farm will enable MCC to add sustainable education programs on urban farming, alternative growing, food insecurity, and renewable energy, in addition to helping refugee and immigrant populations learn about the process and grow their own produce. The project will also support the addition of youth summer camps focuses on sustainable initiatives.

Employee sponsor: Will Kirby | Omaha, NE

Ohio Wildlife Center | Powell, OH

The Ohio Wildlife Center is dedicated to fostering awareness of Ohio’s native wildlife through rehabilitation, education and wildlife health studies. This $19,849 grant will restore a pond within the wildlife center in Powell, Ohio, adding aeration systems that will allow native vegetation and fish species to thrive. The project will allow the education pond to continue to serve both people and wildlife as a seasonal respite for migrating waterfowl and a release site for recovering herons, ducks and geese.

Employee Sponsor: Eric Plapper | Columbus, OH

Plant It Forward | Houston, TX

As Houston’s largest network of urban farms, Plant It Forward empowers refugees to develop sustainable farming businesses that produce fresh, healthy food. This $20,000 grant will upgrade the organization’s cold storage facility with two new walk-in storage chambers that will increase storage capacity by 200%. The project will provide the farmer network with the facilities needed to scale the distribution of locally grown produce to more low-income households in the community.

Employee Sponsor: Traci Donatto | Houston, TX

Venture Outdoors | Pittsburgh, PA

Venture Outdoors has been removing the barriers that prevent people from connecting to the outdoors since 2001. This $5,845 grant will fund mountain bikes, helmets and repair kits to grow the organization’s new women and nonbinary mountain biking program. By providing affordable and accessible recreation and education opportunities, the organization has reached hundreds of thousands of people through cycling, hiking, skiing, kayaking and other outdoor experiences.

Employee Sponsor: David Conti | Pittsburgh, PA

Food Bank Grants

Feeding America and Local Food Banks | Worldwide

Following our annual employee Day of Giving, the HDR Foundation, HDR Canada Fund and HDR Australia Fund awarded more than US$164,000 in grants to food banks in the communities of employees. Sixty-seven local food banks received grants in recognition of employees in HDR offices who met a special challenge related to our annual fundraising efforts. 

Food Bank Australia | North Ryde, NSW

Employees across HDR's three Australia offices responded to the catastrophic flooding in northern New South Wales with an AU$10,000 grant to Food Bank Australia. The grant is the first awarded through the recently established HDR Australia Fund. More than 100 Australian employees rallied to raise the funds during the HDR Foundation's annual Day of Giving in March.