Huber Helps invited employees to submit applications for Impact Your Community funding in the fourth quarter of 2019. The program supports projects that can benefit a community for multiple years or generations, offering Huber the opportunity to leave a lasting legacy in a way that smaller contributions may not, particularly when the need exceeds a Huber site’s local community engagement budget.
Employees from locations around the world advocated for causes where they believed Huber could help, submitting 22 applications in total. Projects were evaluated on the following criteria:
- provides multi-year benefits to the community
- organization has a robust governance structure and is a registered charity or its equivalent in its jurisdiction
- multiple Huber employees can volunteer or get involved with the project
- recognition opportunities for Huber or its portfolio businesses
After an extensive review and evaluation process, seven projects were selected to receive funding:
Boston Society for Architecture — Mission Grammar School Playground (Boston, Massachusetts)
Donation to fund the community engagement process and design of a community playground in an area important to our Huber Engineered Woods (HEW) business
The Boston Society for Architecture (BSA) is a professional association and public service organization with a mission to build a better Boston, which is a key market for HEW’s North East Sales Team. Huber Helps will be partnering with the BSA to support the community design of a playground for Our Lady of Perpetual Help Mission Grammar School (Mission Grammar), a pre-kindergarten through 8th grade school in Roxbury, Massachusetts. Roxbury is one of Boston’s most under-served neighborhoods and Mission Grammar is in dire need of basic outdoor recreational facilities necessary to engage students’ bodies and minds in movement and informal learning while keeping them safe.
Good Shepherd Food Bank / Catholic Charities Maine (Easton, Maine)
Donation to fund the enhancement of two community food bank centers near HEW’s manufacturing plant in Easton, Maine
As the largest hunger-relief organization in Maine, Good Shepherd Food Bank provides for residents facing hunger by distributing nutritious food to more than 400 partner agencies across the state, including food pantries, meal sites, schools and senior programs. Together with Catholic Charities Maine and numerous other partners, the Food Bank leads a statewide effort to combat the root causes of hunger by engaging in advocacy, nutrition education and strategic partnerships. The Food Bank distributed more than 25 million meals to families, children and seniors in need during 2018.
Half of the Huber Helps donation will be designated for enhancements to the Good Shepherd Food Bank’s new distribution center in Hampden, Maine. The other half will be used to fund improvements to Catholic Charities Maine’s food distribution building in Monticello, Maine.
Grossenbrode Cultural Center (Grossenbrode, Germany)
Donation to fund the development of a cultural center in the community immediately adjacent to CP Kelco’s manufacturing plant
The town of Grossenbrode, Germany, is creating a cultural center where a diverse group of citizens and groups can gather to socialize, engage in community building activities and host special events. Significant aspects of this project will be the reconstruction of the community’s old fire station and the smithy, a blacksmithing workshop. CP Kelco’s Grossenbrode plant team will be heavily involved with the project and, like other organizations in the community, able to reserve the space for customer and company meetings once it has been completed.
H.E.R.O for Children (Atlanta, Georgia)
Donation to fund the 2020 Transition to Adulthood Program affecting communities near Huber’s Atlanta office and adjacent to HEW’s manufacturing facility in Commerce, Georgia
Established in 2003, Hearts Everywhere Reaching Out (H.E.R.O.) for Children, Inc. has been committed to improving the quality of life for children infected with and affected by HIV/AIDS in Georgia through enriching programs, connections with the community and engaging experiences and activities. The awarded funds will support the H.E.R.O. Transition to Adulthood program, an educational intervention that empowers adolescents affected by HIV and AIDS to graduate to college, trade school and/or secure rewarding employment.
Limeira Community Park Project (Limeira, Brazil)
Donation to fund the development of a community park area that supports recreation programs for children and the elderly immediately adjacent to CP Kelco’s manufacturing plant.
Employees from the CP Kelco plant in Limeira are working with a local community initiative called “CPrepara para o Futuro” (Prepare for the Future) to maintain and make improvements to a small public park close to the plant that is already being frequented by people in the neighborhood and wider community. The funds will be used to improve the gardening, lighting and recreational equipment in the park to make it more accessible to elderly people in the community and safer for children.
Outdoor Outreach (San Diego, California)
Donation to fund 20 Environmental Engagement Programs in neighborhoods adjacent to CP Kelco’s manufacturing plant.
Since 1999, Outdoor Outreach has provided opportunities for more than 15,000 San Diego kids and teens to explore their world, challenge themselves and discover what they’re capable of. The youth they serve are challenged by poverty, homelessness, gang violence and family dysfunction. Each year, they provide more than 450 outdoor recreation programs, as well as nature-based job training and early work experiences for young adults, impacting over 1,900 youths per year. The Huber Helps funding will make it possible for them to deliver 20 of those programs to children in need during 2020. This donation builds on Huber’s donation to help fund the 2019 program.
Quincy Park District Fitness Area (Quincy, Illinois)
$50,000 to fund the development of a community outdoor fitness area in the community that is home to two Huber Engineered Materials (HEM) manufacturing plants.
In partnership with numerous organizations in the community, the Quincy Park District is adding several outdoor fitness stations to parks and providing low-cost exercise coaching and training to the community. The Huber Helps donation will help enhance the recreational, cultural, historical and environmental qualities of life for Quincy’s residents through the provision of a well-planned, developed, maintained and accessible system of public parks, facilities and programs.
Dedication and recognition ceremonies involving local Huber employees and corporate representatives will take place over the coming months.