HBK Engineering Division Manager Amy Ashbacker, Associate Manager Heath Lyle, and Designer Cal Tauber attended the Cedar Rapids Metro Economic Alliance Annual Meeting on January 29. Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds spoke at the event, discussing successes of the past year and growing the Iowa economy in the next decade. Reynolds introduced the Invest in Iowa Act with funds to be used to support mental health services and water quality. She proposed spending $2 million to create a new state bureau to aid with school security. Also speaking at the event was Cargill CEO David MacLennon.
HBK IMPACT volunteers participated in a pet day at the Hinsdale Humane Society on Saturday, February 1. Volunteers helped clean the facility, prepared animal treats, and had some time to exercise and pet the dogs.
The Hinsdale Humane Society, in operation since 1953, is a private, nonprofit organization dedicated to the care and adoption of homeless animals.
HBK IMPACT volunteers provided support for the Aon Step Up for Kids event on Sunday, January 26. The event benefited the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Childrens Hospital of Chicago. More than 1750 participants climbed the 80 flights of the Aon Center to raise funds for the hospital. HBK volunteers staffed the t-shirt pick-up area and helped with event registration.
HBK IMPACT volunteers assisted clients at the Elmhurst-Yorkfield Food Pantry on Saturday, January 25. Volunteers cleaned and stocked shelves, and assisted customers with choosing selections from the free pantry. They acted as personal shoppers and were particularly helpful in assisting clients with specific dietary needs like gluten-free, low sodium and low salt. After items were selected, volunteers helped bag groceries.
The food pantry offers nutritious selections like meat, dairy, produce and bread in addition to a large variety of non-perishable items and personal care products. In 2019, EYFP distributed 600,000 pounds of food to clients.
HBK Professional Land Surveyor David Landrecht was part of a ceremony to install the first of seven bike repair stations along the Schuylkill River Trail in Philadelphia. Landrecht is a new board member for Schuylkill River Greenways National Heritage Area. The ribbon cutting took place on December 19, 2019 and attendees included local state representatives, community partners and cyclists.
HBK IMPACT volunteers assisted the CommUnity Crisis Services Center and Food Bank in Iowa City on Tuesday, January 21. The center is a volunteer-driven organization that provides immediate and non-judgmental support for individuals facing emotional, food, or financial crisis. Johnson County residents in need of grocery assistance are able to fill grocery carts with free food once per week.
HBK IMPACT Volunteers baked cookies for children and families on Friday, December 10 at the Ronald McDonald House in downtown Chicago. In the Cookies from the Heart event, HBK made more than 12 dozen homemade chocolate chip cookies and sugar cookies for guests. The location is one of the largest Ronald McDonald Houses in the country and provides a free and comfortable place to stay for families who have a child undergoing hospital care.