Farmington, CT – Nine years . . . $2.75 million in donations and services . . . 13,000 volunteer hours . . . these are the latest tallies from KBE Building Corporation’s 50 Ways to Make A Difference corporate philanthropy program, launched in 2009.
The program was established to celebrate the firm’s new ownership, name change, and then-50 years in business. Over the years, KBE has provided corporate donations and employee volunteer time to charitable causes and agencies benefiting children, seniors, and military veterans in Connecticut and Maryland.
This year, KBE’s 50 Ways program has helped more than 25 not-for-profit community support agencies in Connecticut and Maryland, where the firm has offices. The firm’s 2017 donations total $320,000 and 1,000 hours of volunteer service by KBE employees.
KBE also provided $17,000 in scholarships to Connecticut Technical High Schools graduates pursuing further education in construction management, building trades, architecture, or engineering.
Organizations that have benefited from the 50 Ways program this year include:
- Associated Builders and Contractors Chesapeake Shores Chapter
- American Red Cross
- Ashford Food Bank
- Bloomfield Social and Youth Services
- Boy Scouts of America
- Bridges to Housing Stability (Columbia, MD)
- Catholic Charities of Hartford
- Columbus House (Middletown, New Haven, and Wallingford)
- Connecticut Canine Search and Rescue
- Cardinal Shehan Center
- Carver Foundation of Norwalk
- Connecticut Technical High Schools
- Epilepsy Foundation New England Walk for Epilepsy
- Farmington Community Services
- Heads Up! Hartford
- Master’s Manna
- Santa’s Helpers, Inc.
- Sarah’s House Catholic Charities (Fort Meade, MD)
- Southington Community Services
- Special Olympics Connecticut Dream Ride
- The Cove Center for Grieving Children
- Waterbury Youth Services
Earlier this year, KBE hosted its first annual Golf Tournament with proceeds benefitting the 50 Ways program scholarship fund. As a result, KBE was able to award $17,000 in scholarships to 34 seniors graduating from the Connecticut Technical High School System in an effort to minimize the continuing labor shortage in the building trades, design, and construction industry. To be eligible, students were enrolled in programs to continue their studies in the building trades, or in a degree program in construction management, architecture, or engineering.
In addition, the 50 Ways program hosted its largest ever annual Gift of Gobble event. Between KBE’s Connecticut and Maryland offices, the firm donated 302 Thanksgiving meal kits containing all of the ingredients of a classic Thanksgiving dinner. KBE purchased all food items from Bozzuto’s, Inc. for the Connecticut event, while KBE received a donation of $1,000 in gift cards from Giant Foods to help in the philanthropic effort in Maryland. All cardboard boxes were donated from W.B. Mason. Throughout the last 9 years, KBE has provided Thanksgiving meals to more than 1,700 families, feeding an estimated 10,200 people.