HDR Foundation Awards More Than $300,000 to Bolster STEM Education, Improve Communities
The HDR Foundation recently awarded Aspire! Afterschool Learning in Arlington, Virginia $71,200 as part of its 2017 large-grant cycle. The HDR Foundation gave seven grants to nonprofit organizations throughout the United States in 2017 totaling $327,247– the most it’s donated in one grant cycle to date.
“This has been a record-breaking year for us, both in terms of the number of grants given and the amount we’ve been able to donate,” HDR Foundation Executive Director Leslie Spethman said. “The Foundation is mostly funded by HDR employee donations, so we are proud to support organizations in which our employees are highly involved and support the communities where our employees live and work. We couldn’t be more excited to support Aspire!, and we look forward to watching the impact grow.”
The grant will be used to outfit a new classroom and library space at a local community center that helps underserved kids. The new space and equipment will increase the number of children the center can accommodate, and expand its teaching capabilities.
“We are so grateful to the HDR Foundation for this important gift in support of our capital campaign as we build out and furnish the third floor of the Arlington Mill Community Center. HDR has been a great local company to work with, including volunteering their time and resources to our kids, and this gift will allow us to better serve at-risk students in Arlington now and in the years to come,” said Courtney Reeve, executive director of Aspire!.
Located in the Clarendon neighborhood, HDR’s local Arlington office has been a steadfast supporter and Aspire! champion as the organization continues to expand its services within the Arlington community. The staff of 135 often joins together to support the organization through toy drives, volunteering and supporting various local events. Managing Principal Steve Manlove also serves as the Aspire! chair of its board of directors.
In addition to Aspire! the six organizations that received grants in 2017 are Bridges to Prosperity, Denver, Colorado; Gateway to Science Center, Bismarck, North Dakota; Girl Scouts of San Gorgonio, Redlands, California; Girls Incorporated and Partnership 4 Kids, both in Omaha, Nebraska; and Watershed Committee of the Ozarks, Springfield, Missouri.
In 2017, the HDR Foundation has distributed grants totaling more than $500,000, bringing its five-year total in grant money distributed to nearly $1.5 million.