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 Engineering is pleased to support the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation Strike Out Hunger Campaign. Launched on Tuesday, April 7, the fundraising effort is aimed to support families with food needs during the coronavirus pandemic. The foundation has partnered with Feeding America to assist its 200 local food banks, 60,000 food pantries and meal programs. The campaign began with a $250,000 donation from the foundation and partners. It is estimated that Feeding America will need $1.4 billion in additional resources in the next six months to address increased food demands, and the foundation is reaching out to the public for donations.
The Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation was founded nearly 20 years ago to help build character and teach critical life lessons to at-risk young people living in America's most distressed communities. It is shifting its focus at this time to be of assistance to those struggling because of the pandemic. Visit https://www.ripkenfoundation.org/donate/strikeouthunger for more information.
HBK IMPACT volunteers baked cookies at the Ronald McDonald House in downtown Chicago on March 6. Near Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab, Northwestern Hospital, and other downtown pediatric clinics, the 15-story property provides 70 private family guest rooms with private bathrooms in which families with hospitalized children may stay free-of-charge. The property is the tallest Ronald McDonald House in the region and provides families a comfortable space with complimentary meals and snacks, games and entertainment outside the hospitals. HBK volunteers made dozens of chocolate chip and sugar cookies through the Cookies from the Heart program for the families staying in the house.
More than 800 supporters attended the 20th Anniversary celebration luncheon for the ACE Mentor Program Chicago at the South Michigan Avenue Hilton on March 6. HBK Engineering employees attended the event which highlighted the organization's successful efforts to mentor high school and college aged students interested in pursuing careers in architecture, construction or engineering. Award winners and mentors were acknowledged during the event. Guests were challenged to replicate a Chicago building using limited materials with the winning table securing a scholarship for the student at their table. The organization provided scholarships, internships and mentoring programs for 335 students this year.
HBK was pleased to support the Erie Neighborhood House 150th Anniversary Dinner on March 5 at the Radisson Blu Aqua in Chicago. Honorary 150th Anniversary Chairs were Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker, U.S. Senator Dick Durbin and Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot. Event co-chairs were Joe Dominguez, ComEd Chief Executive Officer and Scott Swanson, PNC Illinois President. Erie Neighborhood House's mission is to empower its community, particularly Latinx immigrants and families of all backgrounds, through access to education, critical services and advocacy in order to create a just and inclusive society.
On February 29, HBK assisted with judging the Chicago History Museum Chicago Metro History Fair Suburban Senior Division. The theme of this year's fair was "Breaking Barriers" and most of the projects adhered to the theme. Judges this day reviewed senior high school submissions in the categories of Documentary and Small Performance. Entrants will be judged through the month of March in the categories of Website, Research Paper, Junior Division, and Senior Division.
HBK was pleased to support the Girls in the Game 25th Anniversary Field of Dreams Gala on September 27 at the Intercontinental Renaissance Ballroom. The organization's mission is to help girls find their voice, discover their strengths, and lead with confidence through sports, health and leadership programs. More than 4,000 girls are served in the program.
Iowa HBK IMPACT volunteers donated their time to the Community Crisis Center and Food Pantry in Iowa City on Tuesday, February 26. The group helped by bagging groceries for customers, weighing customers' shopping carts, and helping customers while they shopped in the food bank. The effort marked the third evening this year that the group has volunteered for the organization.
CommUnity Crisis Services and Food Bank is a volunteer-driven organization based in Iowa City that provides immediate and non-judgmental support for individuals facing emotional, food, or financial crisis.
The National Society of Black Engineers – Chicago Professionals Chapter E-Week Expo took place on Saturday, February 22, with support from HBK Engineering. The day offered a full agenda of interactive and exciting engineering activities for Kindergarten to 12th Grade students. HBK employees hosted an exhibit with demonstrations and encouraged children and parents to learn more about engineering. Held at the University of Illinois at Chicago, the event has become an annual tradition during National Engineers Week. Expo participants included Google, Ford, Boeing, ComEd, Caterpillar, Fermilab, UL and Molex.
HBK was pleased to sponsor the Cal Ripken Sr. Foundation Aspire Gala on Friday, February 21 at the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront. The Aspire Gala continued a tradition of honoring leaders from the fields of sports, entertainment, and business who are making a difference in the lives of others.
HBK's Heath Lyle spoke to three 6th grade classes at Oak Ridge Middle School in Marion, Iowa, on Friday, February 21 as part of National Engineering Week activities. Heath talked about civil engineering and the Cedar Rapids floodwall project. In his remarks, Heath stressed the importance of citizenship, communication, collaboration, critical thinking and problem solving and how he uses the components in his job. The interactive career day was sponsored by Workplace Learning Connection, a program supported by Kirkwood Community College.