Whether creating or renovating the sites and buildings where people live, work, get healthy, or go to school, our central mission is to improve communities, enrich people’s lives and protect the environment. From its inception, Hord Coplan Macht has also shown its commitment to the community through volunteer work. Here are the ways HCMers have given back so far in 2023.
Tree Planting – Charlotte, North Carolina
On Saturday, March 11, HCMers planted trees at the Nations Ford Elementary School with TreesCharlotte, a local nonprofit dedicated to growing and diversifying Charlotte’s urban forest. The HCM team planted 10 trees out of 131 total.
Professional Clothing Drive – All Offices
Throughout the month of April, all HCM offices conducted a professional clothing drive to donate lightly used professional clothing to those in need.
The Baltimore office donated to Maryland New Directions, a non-profit that works to train and coach people facing career and life transitions to overcome barriers, restore self-belief, and acquire the skills and tools needed to secure employment on a path to a living wage.
The D.C. Metro office donated to Martha’s Table, a non-profit that works to advance a more equitable D.C. through accredited education programs, healthy food access, physical and mental health services, and investment in family leaders. Clothing was also donated to N Street Village, a non-profit that supports women experiencing homelessness in Washington D.C. through helping them achieve stability in housing, employment, mental and physical health, and addiction recovery goals.
The Denver office donated clothing to the Denver Rescue Mission, who helps those in the community experiencing homelessness and addiction through emergency services, rehabilitation, transitional programs, and community outreach. Clothing was also donated to Dress for Success Denver, who provides at-risk women with job readiness tools, professional attire, and post-employment support.
NDC Trash Dash – Baltimore, Maryland
A group of volunteers participated in the 2023 Trash Dash on April 2 with The Neighborhood Design Center. The HCM team helped clean up trash at the Middle Branch Park in Baltimore to provide a clean and safe park area for city residents.
Food Bank of the Rockies Mobile Food Pantry – Denver, Colorado
On Saturday, April 8, HCMers volunteered with the Food Bank of the Rockies Mobile Food Pantry in Brighton, Colorado. The team packed up a tremendous amount of fruit and vegetables and packed it all into 350 cars.
Franconia Park Clean Up – Washington, D.C.
HCMers celebrated Earth Day by volunteering to clean up Franconia Park in Washington D.C.! The team assisted with the beautification of the REC Center and surroundings by working on the trails, emptying trash cans around the property, weeding flower beds, and collecting rocks to build a passage over a narrow watershed.
Baltimore Urban Baseball Association – Baltimore, Maryland
The HCM Office softball team is donating $3 for every run scored to the Baltimore Urban Baseball Association (B.U.B.A.). The not-for-profit organization was founded in 2016 to enhance the quality of life for urban youth in Baltimore City by teaching, coaching, mentoring, and educating through baseball.
Go team HCM!
Fight for Air with the American Lung Association – Denver, Colorado
On Saturday, May 6, a group of HCM volunteers participated in the 2023 Fight for Air event with the American Lung Association at Coors Field. The climb went up, down, and around the field—with a total of 1,198 steps and an average time of 18:48 to complete the lap, the HCM team came in second. The team also raised $1,230 that will go toward education, research, and advocacy for lung health.
Habitat for Humanity – Baltimore, Maryland
HCMers volunteered for a build event with Habitat for Humanity on Saturday, May 20. The team generously gave their time to paint, hang drywall, install siding, and craft windowsills. The houses the team worked on are located in Baltimore City.
ALZ ride – Denver, Colorado
HCM cyclists completed their 4th Ride to End ALZ event on June 11. The team raised $7,068 toward Alzheimer’s disease research and was the second highest fundraising team!
Design Discovery Day – Baltimore, Maryland and Washington, D.C.
The HCM Student Engagement Committee hosted high school students in the Baltimore and DC Metro offices for the annual Design Discovery Day event (formerly known as Architect for a Day). During the event, students learned about design professions from HCM team remembers—including architects, graphic designers, landscape architects, and interior designers. The students enjoyed presentations, hands-on activities, and tours of HCM’s local project sites.
Upcoming volunteer events at HCM include the annual HCM Day of Giving, the annual Day of Service this fall, and the holiday giving event in winter 2023.