Charity COVID-19 People

KBE Donates ‘Thank You’ Bags to Healthcare Workers


Covid-19 Care Package – Middlesex Hosptial (Operating Room)

Farmington, CT – KBE Building Corporation’s 50 Ways to Make a Difference philanthropic program has put together 440 “thank you” bags and donated more than 130 meals to healthcare professionals who are fighting COVID-19 daily.

Many of KBE’s employees have spouses or other immediate family members working in hospitals, EMT stations, nursing homes, and other healthcare facilities.

The firm decided to focus its donations on helping those individuals with personal ties to KBE.

“We loved the idea of a personal connection. We consider ourselves a family here at KBE and being able to support the family members of our staff really hit home for us,” explained Mike Kolakowski, president and CEO of KBE.

Medical staff at Yale New Haven Hospital send a “thank you” message to KBE for the donated bags.

“We just hope these donations bring a few moments of happiness to those who receive them, and we thank each and every one of them for their dedication to caring for others,” Kolakowski added.

Established in 2009 to celebrate the firm’s new ownership, name change, and 50 years in business, 50 Ways has helped KBE associates donate $3.1 million and more than 13,000 volunteer hours to charitable causes benefiting children, seniors, and military veterans in Connecticut and Maryland.


St. Mary’s Hospital food services director, Gary Galinas, and KBE principal, Antonio Mancini, with pizza lunches and thank you bags

More than 130 meals and 440 “thank you” bags containing hand lotion, energy bars, and other snacks were given to:

in Connecticut:

  • Backus Hospital, Norwich
  • Danbury Hospital, Danbury
  • Fresenius Medical Care, Forestville
  • Hartford Hospital, Hartford
  • Jewish Senior Services, Bridgeport
  • Middlesex Hospital, Middletown
  • New Britain Hospital, New Britain
  • St. Francis Hospital, Hartford
  • St. Mary’s Hospital, Waterbury
  • Suffield House, Suffield
  • UConn Health Center, Farmington
  • Waterbury Hospital, Waterbury
  • Windsor Emergency Medical Services, Windsor
  • Yale New Haven Hospital, New Haven

in New Jersey:

  • CareOne at Cresskill, Cresskill
  • Community Medical Center, Toms River
  • Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Montvale