Our community relationships are important to us. We understand that what we give and do now will affect our future. HBK is actively involved in various organizations that drive health, education, and safety. Our charitable contributions support communities across the nation. HBK proudly supports March of Dimes, Chicago Commons, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital, and many others.
HBK recognized Veterans Day on November 11 by writing thank you notes to veterans. In addition, employees are collecting items including new stocking caps, socks, gloves and puzzle books to be delivered to local veterans hospitals. The veterans collection runs through November 21.
HBK was pleased to join in the ChildServ Founders Day Gala on November 8 at the Hilton Chicago. The event marked 125 years of service for the organization which builds better lives for children so they can achieve their full potential. Early learning, foster care and adoption, and housing for teens and homeless youth are provided for more than 2,500 children each year through ChildServ.
HBK was pleased to support the Chicago Back of the Yards Neighborhood Council 80th Annual Gala on October 31. Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot and Joseph Dominguez, ComEd CEO, gave remarks at the event which honored the historical legacy of the Back of the Yards neighborhood and the city.
HBK is a proud supporter of Chicago Commons. On October 28, PNC, Chicago Bears, Accel Construction and Planning Resources, Inc. completed landscaping for the NIA Family Center playground. Alderman Walter Burnett, Jr. was one of the speakers.
Chicago Commons provides high-quality early education, family-centered adult education, and senior services to more than 3,000 individuals annually. The organization is in its 125th year.
For the second year running, HBK Engineering won a trophy in the Cedar Rapids Czech-NeBo Halloween Parade. HBK won the trophy for "Most Creative" entry in the October 26 parade and was featured in the Cedar Rapids Gazette parade coverage.
The theme of the parade was "Scary Things That Go Bump in the Night" and HBK's float presented a spooky scene of mummies emerging from manholes. Twenty HBK Cedar Rapids and Iowa City office employees along with their family members participated in the event.
Sixty eight organizations took part in the parade with trophies being awarded to seven entries. The categories were: Most Creative, Most Scary with Lights, Best Animal Entry, Kids Choice Award, Best Float, Best Walking Entry and Most Enormous Float.
Last year, HBK won the trophy for Most Scary.
HBK was pleased to sponsor the 13th Annual Tailgate Party benefitting Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metropolitan Chicago (BBBSMC) on October 26. The presenting sponsor, Athletico, hosted the event at The Marquis Tent at the Hilton Oak Brook. About 300 people attended the event at which guests dressed in their favorite sports team's shirts. Featured was entertainment by Seventh Heaven and a sports-themed silent auction.
BBBSMC is an affiliate of the nation's largest donor- and volunteer-supported mentoring network. For over 50 years, BBBSMC programs have been proven to keep kids in school, out of trouble and on the path to post-graduate success. The organization is professionally managed and provides high quality 1:1 mentoring services to 2,000 children in Metro Chicago and their families across four counties: Cook, DuPage and Lake County in Illinois and Lake County in Indiana.
HBK participated in the Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education Restoration Volunteer Workday on Saturday, October 19. Volunteers removed invasive plants and helped to improve the center's trails. The center's mission is to inspire meaningful connections between people and nature through the Schuylkill forest in Philadelphia. During Saturday's event, volunteers helped improve the health and biodiversity of the forest while getting to know the property, connecting with nature, and making new friends.
HBK Engineering took part in the Museum of Science and Industry Chicago Science Works on Saturday, October 19. Through the program, HBK employees promoted careers in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) fields to visiting children and parents. Nearly 300 people attended the event.
HBK was pleased to support the 2nd Annual Project SYNCERE Gala on October 10. Project SYNCERE's mission is to prepare the minds and create pathways for underrepresented and disadvantaged students to pursue careers in the STEM fields.
The PS ENpowered Games Competition is a middle school engineering design competition which includes middle school students from 20 Chicago-area elementary schools. The first phase consists of a 10-week in school program during which students are assisted in developing skills in three main areas: engineering, design thinking, problem solving and teamwork. The second phase is the competition, during which students showcase the valuable skills they have learned in the program in a real-world setting.
HBK participated in the annual KCRG-TV Coats for Kids Drive this fall. The Iowa City and Cedar Rapids offices contributed coats to the event which collects and distributes new and gently used coats to families in Eastern Iowa. The drive has provided coats to those in need for more than 25 years.