HDG Architects' passion for excellence in building strong communities spills over through its dedication to giving back to the local community. Each year, the firm supports local nonprofits through community sponsorships, participation in community service projects and matching employee donations to non-profits.* Whether it’s going the extra mile for a client or hosting a toy drive, the firm’s work reflects a sense of greater purpose to work together for the benefit of the community.
Through the example of our senior leadership team, and firm sponsorship of events throughout the year, the Hayes Design Group Architects is heavily involved in supporting community groups from across the Pittsburgh region. We believe that creating strong communities is not only found in the design and creation of wonderful places, but also in helping to build up the people in our communities.
ADOPT – A – LANDMARK
As architects, our focus is on designing and building strong communities. We have a great opportunity to showcase our profession and skills through helping to keep important local landmarks and architectural icons maintained. There are examples all across our region, and truly, in any region, of historic landmarks that are in critical need of volunteers to help with their upkeep and promotion. We want future generations to continue to enjoy the rich local history and culture they provide.
To that end, in 2016, we kicked off our Adopt-A-Landmark program by volunteering at one of the most recognized architectural landmarks in the world, Fallingwater in Mill Run, Pennsylvania. In 2017, we found an opportunity practically in our own backyard, giving a day of service to the Woodville Plantation near Bridgeville, Pennsylvania. In 2018, we volunteered at the Andrew Carnegie Free Library & Music Hall, a historic landmark and real community treasure in Carnegie, PA, just minutes from our office. Most recently, in 2019 we volunteered at the architecturally significant Emmanuel Episcopal Church on Pittsburgh’s North Side, a National Historic Landmark. We have provided services such as weeding, mulching, edging, gardening, building fences, leveling planting beds and gravel parking lots, resetting railroad ties, cleaning, and helping with a mosaic mural.
We are looking forward to many days and years of service in the future, and encourage our fellow architecture firms to join us and ‘Adopt-a-Landmark’ to help highlight our profession’s great work and commitment to the community!
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Holiday Toy Drive
For HDG staff, the holiday gift buying season includes an annual holiday toy drive. Since 2015, the firm has donated clothes, books, and toys to several charity organizations. The drives in which we participate give us the names and ages of actual children whom we are purchasing for, providing a very personal connection to the effort. We also enjoy wrapping the gifts as a firm while enjoying a holiday film or music. Sponsoring groups have included St. Paul of the Cross Monastery (Pittsburgh), the East End Cooperative Mission, and the Appalachian Christmas Gift Drive. With matching funds from the firm augmenting staff donations, from 2015 through 2018, the firm has raised over $3,500 in cash to augment the physical gifts.
Almanac article: The Spirit of Giving is Alive at the Hayes Group
Crossroads Scholar Corporate Sponsorship Program
In 2018, HDG participated in the Crossroads Foundation’s Corporate Sponsorship Program. The program is a meaningful mentoring and internship experience that matches eleventh grade Crossroads scholars with working professionals at sponsoring companies in the greater Pittsburgh area. Corporate sponsors assist in funding a scholar’s junior and senior year scholarship plus provide a constructive summer internship to help ensure success after graduation for these high school students. This emphasis on exposure and exploration enables scholars to survey a wide breadth of post-secondary options, connect with professionals and gain hands-on experience in their career fields of interest, and prepare for the transition to college and the professional workplace.
HDG Article: Crossroads Scholar Completes Internship at HDG
Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership Spring Cleanup
In May of 2015, associates from Hayes Design Group (HDG) participated in the annual Spring clean-up effort hosted by the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership. The group from HDG armed with their rakes, shovels, rubber gloves and garbage bags spent the morning cleaning up the Allegheny Riverfront, under the Ft. Duquesne entrance ramp to I-276, collecting garbage and cleaning the concrete walk along the river.