HDR Foundation’s Latest Grants Bring Education, Healthcare to Those in Need

With its latest round of grants, the HDR Foundation is distributing more than $55,000 to benefit five local communities, improving educational programs and providing better access to healthcare and therapy.

The HDR Foundation has donated $112,985 so far in 2017 through two of its three regular grant cycles. In addition, the Foundation is donating $100,000 to local organizations in honor of HDR’s 100-year anniversary.

Here are the most recent grant recipients:

Smart Girl Society | Omaha, Nebraska

The Smart Girl Society’s mission is to educate people about negative effects and potential long-term consequences of technology and social media use. HDR Foundation’s $12,500 grant facilitates that by funding the Society’s development of an interactive smartphone and tablet app that will teach parents, youth and educators about various social media platforms and potential dangers.

Healing for Haiti | Trenton, New Jersey

The $15,000 grant will purchase windows for a new medical clinic currently under construction in Jonc-Dodin, Haiti. Volunteer American physicians will work alongside Haitian physicians and nurses to provide care at the Haitian-owned and -operated clinic, which will be a mainstay of the community and provide jobs and critical healthcare services for the nearly 6,000 residents.

Saddle Up! | Franklin, Tennessee

Saddle Up! serves hundreds of children with disabilities from 41 counties in Middle Tennessee, Kentucky and Alabama with therapeutic riding services. The $7,200 from the HDR Foundation will help purchase new, more efficient LED lighting that will better illuminate all areas of the 50,000-square-foot indoor arena. This will lower safety risks by brightening dark areas of the arena and will save the organization thousands of dollars annually on their energy costs.

Restore Education | San Antonio, Texas

The HDR Foundation’s $15,000 grant will help expand Restore Education's Passport to College program with the addition of an on-site Certified Nursing Assistant training program. Students will now be able to receive their CNA certification and get assistance with job placement while simultaneously earning a GED. The CNA credential is a stepping-stone into the medical field and a requirement for many nursing programs. The program also seeks to address nursing shortages in San Antonio by preparing more students for nursing-related careers.

United Way of Paducah-McCracken County | Paducah, Kentucky

This $5,799 grant will provide training materials, STEM packets, flash cards, math exercises and iPads with special math applications to support the United Way of Paducah's Partners and Literacy Support programs. The reading and math PALS programs provide one-on-one educational support to students who would otherwise fall behind, and the program is designed to encourage students to pursue higher education.

About the HDR Foundation

The HDR Foundation was founded in 2012 and has provided more than $1 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

For more than a century, HDR has partnered with clients to shape communities and push the boundaries of what’s possible. Our expertise spans 10,000 employees, in more than 225 locations around the world — and counting. Our engineering, architecture, environmental and construction services bring an impressive breadth of knowledge to every project. Our optimistic approach to finding innovative solutions defined our past and drives our future.