HBK participated in the USA's only National 811 Day celebration that held on an underground utility construction job site. Nearly 50 contractors participated in The Planet Underground Roundtable Live was held August 8 in Manteno, IL. HBK presented a live boring project from the design phase to construction.
HBK interns joined together for an IMPACT volunteer event at the ChildServ Group Home in Downers Grove on Friday, August 2. They worked to beautify the location by painting the living room a cream color and weeding the outdoor garden space to make it ready for planting a garden. Two HBK division managers painted the downstairs bathroom a light pink color and added a matching rug and shower curtain. ChildServ’s group homes provide safe, supportive places for youth ages 12-19 who have suffered from trauma. The teens live in a home environment, receive quality therapy and the encouragement they need to complete high school so that they can become empowered adults.
HBK held a company-wide Ice Cream Social on August 1. Employees were treated to ice cream at all HBK locations. The events celebrated all of our employees hard work and helped make the summer's end just a little bit sweeter. In Chicago and Oak Brook, a vintage Good Humor truck offered ice cream bars for everyone while the other locations served treats from nearby ice cream shops.
Preparing snacks for families with loved ones in the hospital was the task taken on by HBK IMPACT volunteers at the Ronald McDonald House Family Center in Cedar Rapids on July 31. Employees of HBK's Cedar Rapids office cut melons, prepared sandwiches, and bagged grapes, pretzels, Goldfish crackers, and carrots, for use by family center visitors.
The 2018-2019 HBK IMPACT Awards Luncheons took place over the last three weeks of July to recognize employees who participated in the community outreach volunteer program. Prizes were awarded to those who contributed the most hours.
HBK employees volunteered Tuesday, July 30, at the Iowa Valley Habitat for Humanities Restore in Iowa City, Iowa. The IMPACT volunteers assisted with shelving and tagging used home and building materials, the sale of which helps the organization provide new homes to the needy and also making homes accessible for people with disabilities.
HBK Designer Kelsey Worcester is one of several artists using art to show how litter dangerously affects water in storm drains. Through a street art project in Cedar Rapids, Kelsey's paintings provide visual proof about the damage cigarette butts, Solo cups and other trash cause to underground waterways. She says people often think there are filters that protect the water systems beneath the streets but this is not the case.
Learn more about the art project as reported by the Cedar Rapids station KWWL.
HBK staffers participated in the Recovery on Water (ROW) program Friday, July 26. The 15 HBK employees learned how to physically row with rowing machines and also spent some time on the south branch of the Chicago River with a training boat. They also learned about how nearly 100 breast cancer patients and survivors benefit from the free experience each week. Recovery on Water is a rowing team that gives women with breast cancer a unique opportunity to become active in the sport and to gain support from their peers.
HBK proudly participated in the 22nd Annual Catholic Charities Msgr. Michael Boland Golf Invitational on July 24, 2019 at Cog Hill Golf & Country Club in Lemont. HBK was a Platinum Sponsor and fielded a golf foursome. Nearly 400 golfers supported the fundraising event which benefits the Family Stabilization Efforts, the core mission of Catholic Charities. The program served more than one million meals in 2018 through eight food pantries and screened more than 2,000 people for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.
HBK participated in the Women's Energy Network (WEN) Yoga at Joy District event on Thursday, July 24. WEN aims to empower women in the energy industry. The organization represents all aspects of the energy industry including engineers, attorneys, business analysts, operations supervisors, public relations professionals, and management consultants.