Farmington, CT – In its commitment to supporting area communities through philanthropic giving, KBE Building Corporation announced it has reached a gift total of $4 million in direct donations and pro-bono services since 2009, along with thousands of employee volunteer hours. This community support has been provided over the years to hundreds of not-for-profits throughout Connecticut, Maryland, Arizona, and New York, where the firm has its regional offices.
In January 2022, KBE created the nonprofit, KBE Foundation. “The idea for the KBE Foundation grew out of KBE’s ‘50 Ways to Make a Difference’ philanthropy program, which KBE launched in 2009 to celebrate its then-50-year anniversary,” explained Robert Dunn, Esq., president of The KBE Foundation. “The KBE Foundation is providing a formal framework for our many philanthropic activities.”
Among the charitable events and donations sponsored by the KBE Foundation in 2022 were:
- The Annual Technical High School Scholarship Program for graduating seniors in the Connecticut Technical High School system who are pursuing trade and construction management careers, with $114,000 in scholarships provided to 101 seniors since 2015.
- Gift of Gobble, Thanksgiving’s on Us: The foundation provided nearly 500 full Thanksgiving meals to families in Connecticut and Maryland through this annual program. Since 2009, more than 4060 families have received a full Thanksgiving dinner courtesy of the foundation.
- The Special Olympics Unified Fishing Derby, held each summer in Farmington, Conn., received both financial support, with KBE Foundation as the founding event sponsor, and the volunteer time of nearly a dozen KBE staff and their families. The foundation has supported the program as its founding sponsor since 2019.
- For the fourth year running, several hundred Connecticut veterans and their families received free lunches prepared by Mission Barbeque for a special day at the Veterans Center in Newington, Conn.
- Each month, company staff at KBE Building Corporation, along with a corporate match, raise funds through small donations in exchange for dress-down Fridays. Those dollars have been donated each month to a not-for-profit in Arizona, Connecticut, Maryland, and New York. This year’s donations totaled nearly $5,000, with total dollars raised through staff and company match of nearly $80,000 since the program started in 2011.