A design company with offices in Birmingham has awarded a total of $35,000 in grants to organizations contributing to vital Covid-19 relief efforts.
Barge Design Solutions Inc., which does engineering design with offices in five states, asked office leads at its 15 locations to nominate non-profits in each locale for employee-funded grants. Office leads manage daily office operations.
The majority of selected organizations are food banks, religious institutions, or farmers markets providing food to community members. One organization provides financial assistance to alleviate the stress of living expenses for those unable to make payments. Birmingham’s Bib & Tucker Sew-Op received a $2,500 grant to support their efforts in sewing and distributing non-medical grade masks to the community.
Dothan’s Wiregrass Food Bank received a $2,500 grant to support hunger relief efforts and Huntsville’s North Alabama Agriplex Foundation got $2,500 to help them distribute food from local farmers to community members in need.
“Never in any of our lifetimes have so many people been impacted than are currently being impacted by Covid-19. Barge wanted to assist relief efforts by supporting charitable organizations helping those in dire economic straits,” says Barge CFO Cendy Dodd.
Barge designs with a multidiscipline team including engineers, architects, landscape architects, interior designers, planners, biologists, geologists, scientists and surveyors. It ranks No. 161 on Engineering News-Record’s 2020 Top 500 Design Firms list.