KBE Continues to Make a Difference with the 50 Ways Initiative

COLUMBIA, Md. and FARMINGTON, Conn., Jan. 29, 2013 — KBE Building Corporation (KBE) is embarking on the 5th year of its very successful 50 Ways to Make a Difference philanthropy program – with nearly $1 million in donations and 5,000+ hours of employee volunteer time to date.

Launched in 2009 to celebrate KBE’s 50th year in business, 50 Ways to Make a Difference formalizes the construction company’s 50+ year legacy of charitable giving, and focuses on providing support for children, seniors, and military personnel. The annual program is funded by significant corporate donations, personal donations from the firm’s three owners, and donations and volunteer time contributed by KBE’s 120+ employees. KBE has also donated its professional services on a number of not-for-profit and community projects.  

Since 2009, the firm and its employees have focused primarily on programs that support children and senior citizens, as well as municipal and county programs in CT and MD. In 2013, the 50 Ways program will focus on military personnel, including veterans, deployed soldiers, and their families. 

Staples of the 50 Ways initiative include:  

  • Charitable Donations – Since 2009, KBE has donated $960,000 in corporate donations and personal donations from the firm’s three owners and the firm’s employees, along with donated services. 
  • Friday Jeans’ Donations – KBE Associates donate, on average, $300 each month for the “privilege” of wearing jeans on Fridays, with KBE’s ownership matching that donation. That money is then given to organizations whose mission matches the program focus each year. In 2012, KBE and its employees donated $7,000+ for charity. 
  • Volunteer Hours – Each year, KBE challenges its employees to meet its Volunteer Hours goal,  asking employees to give of their time to community organizations that are important to them, such as religious groups, children’s sports teams, food banks, literacy programs, “walks” for causes, etc.  A number of KBE-sponsored “volunteer” programs are also offered. Since starting the Volunteer Hours program in 2010, KBE associates have donated more than 5,345 hours. The 2013 goal is 2500 hours.
  • The Gift of Gobble- Thanksgiving’s On Us!  – This annual Thanksgiving program provides meals to 200+ families in need in Connecticut and Maryland.    

The following programs and agencies in CT and MD are among those supported through corporate and personal donations, as well as donation of construction management and labor: 

  • Area Cooperative Educational Services (ACES) 
  • Bea Gaddy Family Center 
  • Boy Scouts rifle range at Camp Workcoeman 
  • Bright Minds Foundation 
  • Building on Love Golf Tournament 
  • Camp Attaway 
  • Camp Courant 
  • Camp MOE 
  • Catholic Charities of Hartford 
  • Cherish the Children Foundation 
  • Columbus House 
  • Connecticut Special Olympics Dream Ride 
  • The Cove Center for Grieving Children 
  • Crystal Lake Food Pantry 
  • Farmington Community Services 
  • Fish Food Pantry 
  • Food Bank at Access Community Action Agency 
  • Food Share 
  • Girls, Inc. of Southwestern Connecticut 
  • Good Knight Child Empowerment Network 
  • Greater Hartford Male Youth Leadership Program 
  • Hands on Hartford 
  • Howard County General Hospital’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit 
  • Middlesex County Early Head Start Partnership 
  • Miles for Miracles 
  • Operation Smile 
  • Pine Grove Nursery School 
  • Pawcatuck Neighborhood Center 
  • Paul Newman’s Hole in the Wall Gang Camp 
  • Sarah’s House 
  • Shari’s Promise 
  • Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center’s Children’s  Advocacy Center 
  • Toy Closet Program 
  • University of Connecticut Student Union Enhancement Fund 
  • Village for Families & Children, Inc. 
  • WFSB Channel 3’s Kids Camp’s Jennifer L. Hawke-Petit Health Lodge  

About KBE Building Corporation

Regionally located in Farmington, Conn., and Columbia, Md., KBE Building Corporation is a full-service, single-source commercial construction company strategically positioned to serve the Eastern and Mid-Atlantic U.S. Founded in 1959 and incorporated in 1966, the firm provides preconstruction, construction management, design-build, and general contracting services to clients in the educational, senior living, federal, corporate, hospitality, health care, institutional, and retail markets. KBE has managed more than $2.5 billion in construction volume over the last decade and is ranked among Engineering News-Record magazine’s top 400 construction companies nationally.

Media Contact: Jonelle Lawhorn | KBE Director of Marketing
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