August 11, 2020
One of the most important aspects of KCI’s culture is our effort to remain an active and helpful member of society. Throughout the years, our team has volunteered time, funding, and mentoring to aid hundreds of non-profit organizations and local areas in need of assistance. By taking pride in supporting our communities, we are a powerful force for positive action.
Community service is a natural extension of our employee-centric philosophy. Each fall, the company chooses a charity that is championed by one of our employees, who then schedules fundraising and volunteer events for the year. Some examples of our past organizations have been:
Concurrently, KCI organizes an annual campaign for the United Way non-profit organization, stemming from payroll deductions and direct monetary donations. Many of our planned events incorporate both United Way and the chosen employee charity, with proceeds benefiting the goals of both organizations. Our annual events include bingo drawings, 50/50 raffles, food drives, silent auctions, potluck luncheons, family sponsorships and pumpkin chunkin’ activities that engage our employees and encourage donations from all offices. KCI and our employees donate more than $100,000 annually to national, regional and local not-for-profit associations.
In addition to this recurring program, the firm sponsors a variety of events to raise money for local charities, such as the Maryland STEM Festival, an indoor golf tournament for the ASCE, and events held by various chamber of commerce events, and local chapters of the American Heart Association and Alzheimer’s Association.
Our incredible team is dedicated to strengthening our community, through more than just financial donations. Many of our employees go above and beyond in lending their time and talent to improving the lives of others. From cleaning streams to collecting canned goods, we strive to show our commitment to our communities all year long. One example in the Mid-Atlantic is the firm’s ongoing support of the Thomas Point Shoal Lighthouse, where a group of employees volunteer their time to help clean and fix up the National Historic Landmark in the Chesapeake Bay every summer. Through multiple blood drives, our employees’ selfless donations help save hundreds of lives each year.
KCI also conducts two annual firmwide campaigns to support local families. In the summer, employees collect items to provide children with the school supplies and backpacks they need for the upcoming year. Every holiday season, employees gather together to purchase gifts for families in crisis. Donations are made through charities local to each KCI office, providing much needed help within our communities.
Additionally, many of our employees make significant contributions to their communities by volunteering their time and expertise on local boards. The firm asks that every manager volunteer their time and talent to at least one professional and one community organization each year. This dedication to our communities have led our managers to serve on the boards of directors of Habitat for Humanity, Project Plase, the U.S. and Maryland Chambers of Commerce, the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation, the National Aquarium, United Way of Central Maryland, U.S. Green Building Council Maryland Chapter, Neighborspace Baltimore, Center for Watershed Protection, and the Baltimore Maritime Museum as well as many others.
KCI believes that engaging young minds in science, technology, engineering and math is critical to the future of all industries in which we work and thrive. In addition to serving in leadership roles for local colleges and universities, our engineers and scientists work with city and county schools in order to offer students some insight into a career in engineering. Through demonstrations, presentations and mock interviews, employees have reached out to hundreds of students in both one-on-one and group settings. The firm also regularly hosts teachers and students at our headquarters to give a first-hand look at the exciting and challenging world of engineering. KCI is also pleased to work with Baltimore County Public Schools as part of P-TECH (Pathways in Technology Early College-High School), a program designed to provide students with the education and training needed for entry-level positions in a science, technology, engineering and mathematics related field. The curriculum will lead enrolled students from ninth grade through completion of an associate’s degree, while simultaneously offering career development opportunities—all at no cost to the participant.
KCI also sees the importance of helping finance higher education for children, and in 2005 KCI established an annual scholarship program. Every year, the firm awards scholarships to high school seniors, high school graduates or college undergraduates enrolled or planning to enroll in a full-time course of study at an accredited two or four-year college, university or technical school. Selections are made based on academic achievement, leadership and participation in school and community activities, honors and accolades, work experience, and each individual’s educational and career goals.
All our employees have a palpable stake in making the world a better place, whether through their technical contributions or personal commitments. Their dedication and drive in supporting our community only reinforces that the most incredible thing we’ve engineered is our team.