Even with multiple locations and a diversity of activities throughout the U.S., our employees continue to work toward a common corporate goal – to give back to the community in which we work.
In 2008, to unify its community service efforts, Heery created Heery from the Heart, a National Community Service Month in which individual offices participate in an event that typically focuses under one of three services umbrellas reflective of Heery’s culture and the skills of our staff – children/education, home building/repair, or the environment. Since its inception, our employees have partnered with a variety of organizations to help them achievement their mission.
This year was no different. Whether it was making renovations to a community homeless shelter or planting vegetables at a local farm, offices around the country made a difference within their community.
Make-A-Wish Georgia’s Walk for Wishes
On May 20, Atlanta employees and their families gathered for Make-A-Wish Georgia’s annual fundraising walk. At this year’s event, participants gathered at the beautiful Stone Mountain Park for a healthy 5k walk around the side of the mountain. Post walk festivities included ice cream and BBQ, music and interactive activities.
This was the first walk to have the Heery Atlanta’s bicycling team participate. Those brave cyclists met at the 999 Peachtree office and rode nearly 20 miles to Stone Mountain before walking (or riding) the 3.1 mile fundraising trail.
As the event’s Joy Sponsor, Team Heery raised more than $10,000 to help the Foundation garner the resources it needs to grant wishes to children battling a life-threatening medical condition.
Hubbard House Stand Up & Stride
Hubbard House has served the victims of domestic violence and their children for over four decades by offering support in their care shelter through counseling, financial empowerment, court advocacy and more.
The Stand Up & Stride Domestic Violence Awareness Walk/Run took place on April 8 in downtown Jacksonville where employees and their families joined 1,500 community leaders to bring awareness to domestic violence and to celebrate survivors. Funds raised during the event provide victims and their children with safe shelter and counseling.
My Park & Trail Day at Marsh Creek Park
The Raleigh Office participated in the City of Raleigh’s Third Annual It’s My Park and Trail Day held on April 29. This annual day of service was held during National Volunteer Week to promote volunteerism in City of Raleigh Parks.
Volunteers helped in the maintenance and landscaping of Raleigh’s parks and greenways. The group assisted with picking up litter and cleaning the City of Raleigh parks, open spaces, greenway trails, dog parks, playgrounds, outdoor athletic fields and courts, and natural areas.
Backpacks of Love
Heery Washington D.C. / Baltimore
The Blue Ribbon Project is a community initiative that assists children who are victims of abuse and neglect by bringing the community together to stand up for their safety. Backpacks of Love is a program that steps in to support those children entering into foster care on a moment’s notice.
Heery’s Anne Arundel County Capital Projects staff volunteered to fill over 50 backpacks with all the necessities from a change of clothes to a toothbrush and toothpaste. Each of these backpacks will be given to a child entering into the foster care system. Along with the 50 completed backpacks there was also over $600 in cash and items donated. By donating their time and money, the Heery volunteers truly made a difference in these children’s lives by helping to make a very difficult time a little easier.
Chesapeake Children’s Museum
It was a dreary rain filled Earth Day, but that did not stop the 15 volunteers for making it down to the Chesapeake Children’s Museum for a few of hours of gardening. The Heery Annapolis team worked together to weed, till, mulch, and plant flowers that radiated a beautiful Heery purple.
The mission of the Chesapeake Children’s Museum is to create an environment of discovery about oneself, the peoples, the technologies, and the ecology of the Chesapeake Bay area for all children and for the child within us all.
The Heery garden faeries worked tirelessly to help get the museum back into its beautiful spring shape and create a welcoming environment for all its children.
Novick Family Urban Farm
Grow Philly has partnered with Novick Brothers Corporation to create a new farm focused on educating youth and adults, while providing healthy culturally appropriate produce to refugees and others in need in South Philadelphia.
This non-profit educational farm program is dedicated to promoting healthy choices, nutrition, sustainability and community engagement. The organization provides hands on learning opportunities to local childcare programs and focuses on building community relationships.
In their first season - the farm donated over 10,000 pounds of produce and sold 9,000 pounds at its low-income farm stand. In addition, the non-profit trained seven teens in sustainable farming, empowered a group of five adult refugee interns, and taught 785 kids about nutrition and farming.
Heery volunteers mulched throughout the farm to prevent weeds and reduce mud on walking paths.
Anne Arundel County SPCA
Heery Washington D.C. / Baltimore
The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) was the first humane society to be established in North America and is one of the largest in the world today. It was founded with the belief that animals are entitled to kind and respectful treatment at the hands of humans and that they must be protected under the law.
ASPCA operates across the United States to ensure that every animal has a chance to live a happy and healthy life. The Anne Arundel County SPCA is one of the largest SPCA organizations in Maryland and is the home to hundreds of cats, dogs, and rodents. Similarly, the Senior Dog Sanctuary, located in Severn, is a facility that has dedicated itself to providing a safe and secure home to senior dogs that are unable to be cared for by their owners. The Senior Dog Sanctuary is a smaller organization specializing in rehabilitation and care for older dogs facing euthanasia.
Heery’s Washington D.C. /Baltimore Offices have been accepting donations and delivering them to the animal shelters. Items collected included food, toys cleaning supplies and office materials.
Iowa City Heart Walk
Heery Iowa City
On May 6, the Iowa City Heery Design team raised $2,833 for the Johnson County Heart Walk. Doris Schornhorst and Scott Hanche were recognized as Top Walkers, raising more than $500 to help fight heart disease and stroke.
One in three Americans has some form of cardiovascular disease and stroke is the leading cause of disability in the U.S. The team’s fund raising helps the American Heart Association continue their efforts to build healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke.
The Iowa City team also participated in “Shoot for the Heart”, a sporting clay shoot event that raised more than $44,000 in support of the American Heart Association.
Generosity Feeds Loudoun County
Heery Washington D.C. / Baltimore
One in six children across Loudoun County, Virgina is struggling with hunger. To lessen this statistic, our Washington D.C./Baltimore staff attended the Loudoun County Generosity Feeds event to help package more than 10,000 meals in approximately two hours. These meals are then given to children in the metro area.
Generosity Feeds hosts meal packaging events across America to feed thousands of children who struggle with hunger so they too have the opportunity to thrive.