Back to school looks a little different this year. As schools across the country began preparing for the fall semester, HPM’s Community Service Committee saw an opportunity to lend a helping hand by donating personal protective equipment (PPE) to school districts with which we work or have worked.
Thanks to employee donations and annual funds allocated to the Community Service Committee from the Hoar Foundation, the committee collected thousands of disposable face masks, individual hand sanitizers, and antibacterial wipe packets to be donated across four school systems in Texas, Arkansas, and Alabama. HPMers hand delivered the PPE to Round Rock ISD, Ft. Smith Public Schools, Chambers County Schools, and Homewood City Schools, and have received great feedback from school administrators, faculty, and parents.
“We’re grateful for the partnership we have had with HPM over the years,” said Merrick Wilson, Communications Director for Homewood City Schools. “Not only have they helped lead us through the construction process at all our schools, they have also invested in our students and community. This donation will not only help provide our students with additional safety resources in the classrooms, but it will also serve our faculty and staff.”
A special shout out to HPM for donating extra masks, sanitizer and wipes for Round Rock ISD campuses. Thank you for your generosity and taking care of the needs during this school year! You’re team is amazing. pic.twitter.com/AgB11kQdmO— RRISD PIE Foundation (@RRISD_PIEF) August 21, 2020
Round Rock ISD Partners in Education Foundation tweeted, ”A special shout out to HPM for donating extra masks, sanitizer, and wipes for Round Rock ISD campuses. Thank you for your generosity and taking care of the needs during this school year! Your team is amazing.”
HPM also donated supplies to the Chambers County Development Authority, who had previously expressed a need for PPE.
“We have the BEST partners ever,” Executive Director Valerie Gray said. “They knew our staff members’ kids were starting back to school. Thank you HPM for your concern and care for our kids and teachers!”
The community service committee hopes these efforts will encourage other companies to do the same.
“For schools that are unable to provide PPE for every student, any donation, big or small, can make an impact,” committee member Kelsey Justice said. “This is an easy way to give back to the communities we live and work in every day.”