This year, Wolcott College Prep in Chicago hosted the First Challenge Robotics Meet on January 29. Students from Wolcott participated in the robotics competition by developing their robot and competing as one of the 12 competition teams. HBK not only sponsored the event, but our Developer Mohan Krishna served as a volunteer. Mohan assisted as the Robot Inspector reviewed the student-built robots before the competition and helped with wrapping up the event after the challenges were completed.
HBK volunteers served a free hot dinner to those in need at Bessie’s Table in Des Plaines. Wearing “Amazing Bessie’s Volunteer” aprons, the group joined First United Methodist Church volunteers to serve hot food, soup, coffee and desert to about 75 people in the dining room. And, nearly 40 people took the meal to go.
HBK helped make Valentine’s Day more special for residents of the DuPage Care Center. Employees purchased Valentine balloons with a personal message delivered to residents and HBK IMPACT matched the donation. Wishing all the residents a special Valentine’s Day!
HBK Engineering diverted more than the 20,000 aerosol cans from landfill in 2021 through our recycling program in collaboration with Flat Can Recycling. From January 1st through December 31st 2021, our utility locating teams working out of five HBK locations in Illinois, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Wisconsin and Iowa collected 20,783 aerosol paint cans, 546 pounds of batteries, 140 safety vests, and 80 hard hats for recycling. The program is one of the ways we offset the environmental impacts of companies using locating paints and safety equipment, and effect positive change in the communities we serve, like through our employee volunteer program, HBK Impact.
HBK was a proud sponsor of the Museum of Science and Industry (MSI) Black Creativity Gala. Employees were grateful to be among over 500 attendees to return to MSI for a memorable in-person evening. They enjoyed more than 180 remarkable artworks in the annual Black Creativity Juried Art Exhibition; took part in a delectable array of dining experiences; and enjoyed a variety of spectacular performances. By becoming a part of the event, HBK helps expand access to MSI programs and events, and encourages African American youth to utilize the museum as a resource to determine their path to future success.