HDR Foundation Donates More than $300,000 to Seven Deserving Nonprofit Organizations

Our giving is targeted to communities where our employees live and work, and to organizations where HDR employees are active.

The HDR Foundation recently awarded seven grants to nonprofit organizations totaling $324,776 as part of its 2018 large grant cycle. The seven organizations will use the funds for a variety of needed services, including expanding a kid’s café after-school meal program for underserved children, purchasing a water truck which will bring potable water to an entire community in southwest Utah, and building a therapeutic nature garden in for recovering families and their children.

In 2018, the HDR Foundation awarded over $460,000 to 17 worthy projects in local communities across the country.  

Since it started in 2012 and funded primarily by donations from HDR employees, the HDR Foundation has awarded close to $2,000,000 in grants since inception to deserving nonprofit organizations from across the United States, all of which are organizations that HDR employees are actively involved in and support. The HDR Foundation has received over 2,300 employee contributions to date in 2018.

The 2018 Large Grant Recipients:

Freestore Foodbank | Cincinnati, Ohio

The $29,390 grant will fund a one-time purchase of a commercial oven and convection steamer for the Freestore Cincinnati Cooks program. The program is a free culinary training program for the unemployed in Cincinnati. The new equipment will also allow the program to expand their Kids Cafe after-school meal program to new sites and serve more children.

Together! | Lacey, Washington

The $26,386 grant will build an “HDR Mobile STEM Lab.” Equipment for the mobile lab includes Lego kits, bug incubator kits, hummingbird growing kits, aquaculture and aquariums, solar inverter kit and buzzy-bug grow kit. The materials will provide a mobile learning center for the 300 elementary and middle school students served in the six club house programs. HDR employees and other professionals will co-create lessons to enhance the experience by introducing real-life context from professionals. 

DigDeep Right to Water | Navajo Nation, Utah

The $45,000 grant will be used to purchase a water truck to haul potable water to the Navajo Nation, where families living below the poverty line are forced to buy expensive bottled water or haul dirty water from ponds and livestock troughs up to 50 miles away.

San Antonio Lifetime Recovery Center | San Antonio, Texas

The $20,000 grant is funding the creation of a new fitness center, which will provide clients recovering from addiction a place to build the habit of exercise as part of their recovery plan. Funds will be spent on elliptical equipment, treadmills, dumbbells, benches and multi-gyms.

SCS Noonan Scholars | San Pedro, California

The $50,000 grant will be used to purchase textbooks, laptops and programming support for a six-week session of the Summer Academy. The academy focuses on academic preparation for underserved students to excel in STEM and other challenging college majors. It has extensive participation from HDR employees who have participated in mentoring students and teaching at the Summer Academy.

Cowlitz County CASA | Longview, Washington

The $88,000 grant will be used to remodel and update the training facility, which will better enable the facilitation and preparation of CASA staff, volunteers and community events. Renovation of the building includes installing a heating system, small kitchen, modular shelving system and plumbing. CASA recruits, trains and supports volunteer guardians to advocate for children engaged within the county dependency court system.

Purchase Area Sexual Assault and Child Advocacy Center (PASAC) | Paducah, Kentucky

The $75,000 grant will build “The Sanctuary,” a therapeutic healing garden for victims of sexually-based crimes and their families. Grant money will fund drainage, irrigation, hardscape, softscape and lighting. The new green spaces will provide tranquility and will maximize the natural elements designed around nature engagement, safety and sense of control, social support and movement and exercise.

About the HDR Foundation

The HDR Foundation was founded in 2012 and has provided nearly $2,000,000 dollars in grants to deserving nonprofit organizations from across the United States — 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.