KBE Philanthropic Program Donates More Than 130 Lunches, 440 “Thank You” Bags to Healthcare Workers Battling COVID

4/29/2020 – As our nation strives to contain and prevent further spread of the novel COVID-19 virus, communities and companies nationwide are banding together to show support for those on the front lines. 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 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. “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.”

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

  • Backus Hospital, Norwich, CT
  • CareOne at Cresskill, Cresskill, NJ
  • Community Medical Center, Toms River, NJ
  • Danbury Hospital, Danbury, CT
  • Fresenius Medical Care, Forestville, CT
  • Hartford Hospital, Hartford, CT
  • Jewish Senior Services, Bridgeport, CT
  • Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Montvale, NJ
  • Middlesex Hospital, Middletown, CT
  • New Britain Hospital, New Britain, CT
  • St. Francis Hospital, Hartford, CT
  • St. Mary’s Hospital, Waterbury, CT
  • Suffield House, Suffield, CT
  • UConn Health Center, Farmington, CT
  • Waterbury Hospital, Waterbury, CT
  • Windsor Emergency Medical Services, Windsor, CT
  • Yale New Haven Hospital, New Haven, CT


All Because of 50 Ways
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.

About KBE Building Corporation
Located in Farmington, CT; Norwalk, CT; 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 retail, educational, senior living, federal, corporate, hospitality, health care, and institutional 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. Learn more at www.kbebuilding.com.

KBE is one of the KBE Companies, which includes KBE-NY, serving metropolitan New York, and New Valley Construction, serving the Western US. Through this affiliation of full-service construction management firms, the KBE Companies serve clients throughout the US in the senior living, higher education, retail, corporate, government, hospitality/entertainment, and health care markets.

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