HDR Foundation Announces Almost $500,000 in Grant Awards

Brande Onizuka and son

As part of the 2019 large grant cycle, the HDR Foundation awarded almost $500,000 across 12 grants to nonprofit organizations around the world. The organizations will use the funds for a variety of environmental, STEAM education, research, recreational and community benefit programs.

Recipients of the large grant cycles of 2019 include:

Burgettstown Area School District | Burgettstown, Pennsylvania
HDR Foundation’s $23,000 grant will provide science, technology, engineering, and math education materials for 341 students in grades 3-6 in the Burgettstown School District by purchasing Chromebooks, laptops and Lego sets. The Lego Master Educator will prepare a training session that is customized for the WeDo 2.0 and Simple & Powered Machine Sets.

Malama Loko EA Foundation | Haleiwa, O’ahu, Hawaii
HDR Foundation’s $18,200 grant will fund wetlands restoration efforts by purchasing materials to build the mala-garden and an outdoor classroom area. These gardens will support current science, technology, engineering, arts and math education with students PreK-G12 and support a pilot program, the Kaiaulu Keiki Afterschool Program, which will focus on mauka to makai (mountain to ocean), growing and harvesting food from the gardens and the fishpond.

Mountain Home Montana | Missoula, Montana
Mountain Home Montana is a safe house for at-risk new mothers. The $85,000 HDR Foundation grant will double the capacity of their children’s therapy/child care area by 642 square feet, adding a nap space and qualifying it to become a full-time, trauma-sensitive daycare facility. The expansion will also include space for a therapist to provide children’s mental health services.

Rose Brooks Center | Kansas City, Missouri
Rose Brooks Center has provided services to domestic violence survivors and their children for 41 years. HDR Foundation funds in the amount of $80,000 will help renovate a playground by purchasing outdoor play equipment to enhance quality programming for vulnerable children staying at the Center’s emergency shelter. 

Spina Bifida Advocates | Colbert, Washington
The $11,400 HDR Foundation grant will purchase a van trailer and data-base system. The trailer will be used for mobile drop-off and pick-up delivery service for sharing prosthetics equipment statewide. Children with spina bifida quickly outgrow their support equipment and with this system the supplies can be re-allocated to other children.

Land Trust of the Treasure Valley | Boise, Idaho
Description: HDR Foundation’s $36,000 grant will support building a new greenhouse for an environmental education school program. It will serve 500 youth a year, teaching them to how to propagate, plant and maintain 10,000 native plants for local wetlands restoration efforts in the greater Boise area. Once plants are propagated, they will be used for local restoration projects.

Winslow Therapeutic Riding Center | Warwick, New York
The $38,000 HDR Foundation grant will develop a registered monarch butterfly way station and a pond life site. The project includes milkweed plant cultivation, trail building, on-site garden development and interpretive signage. This will increase the monarch butterfly population, improve the pond habitat and allow clients and visitors to participate in bringing back a threatened species.

The Nature Conservancy | Omaha, Nebraska
Description: HDR Foundation funds in the amount of $25,500 will help construct a barrier-free nature trail to the sandhill crane viewing blind. The pathway will have enhanced accessibility features and provide more people with varying physical abilities the opportunity to be immersed in the crane migration experience.

Meals on Wheels Central Texas | Austin, Texas
For Meals on Wheels, the kitchen steamer is an essential part of cooking a variety of foods simultaneously and enables them to prepare large quantities of food in a time efficient manner. Their existing steamer recently became rusted and stopped functioning. The $25,000 HDR Foundation grant will replace it with a large, 2-door steamer oven for the commercial kitchen that is used to prepare approximately 770,000 meals each year to address senior hunger in the community. 

Masonic Home for Children at Oxford | Oxford, North Carolina
The $87,678 HDR Foundation grant will fund a new bridge that connects the Masonic Home’s main campus to the farm and other areas of importance. It provides access for farming, public and county easement and other pertinent access, and safe travel to educational and recreational areas on the property. There is strong employee volunteerism and support from our Raleigh office, including an estimated $15,000 in donated design efforts, calculations and plan preparation.

Engineers without Borders – KC Professional Chapter | Los Churuneles, Guatemala
HDR Foundation’s $20,000 grant will allow for modifications to an existing water supply system in a town of 483 residents. The project includes installation of a new water storage tank, water distribution piping and a water treatment system. 

Red Rocks Community College | Lakewood, Colorado
The $45,000 HDR Foundation grant will support the development of the Trefny Honors Program Interdisciplinary Research Hub. This will expand opportunities for students to participate in research and conduct interdisciplinary projects investigating global problems, such as threats to biodiversity, overuse of resources, anthropogenic climate change and our ever-increasing population. Research hub equipment includes a thermocycler, fume hood for chemistry research, sensor equipment and telescope.

About the HDR Foundation
The HDR Foundation was founded in 2012 and has provided nearly $3 million 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 nearly 10,000 employees, in more than 200 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.