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2020 Season of Giving

2020 put a halt on some of the Foundation’s events and programs that were planned for the year. However, our Foundation Board and the Community Relations Officers quickly adapted by collaborating with our amazing community partners and donors. With their support, we were able to gather resources and plan some events throughout the year. Here are some highlights of our recent holiday events:

The University of Pittsburgh Athletic Department, Pitt Community Engagement Center, and Mason’s Lodge #36 donated turkeys, stuffing, potatoes, canned vegetables, gravy, dessert, and University of Pittsburgh Athletic Department face masks to 46 Skyline Terrace senior households and 31 additional families additional families on November 21, 2020. These items were packaged in a Pitt duffel bag cooler and delivered door-to-door by KBK Community Relations Officer Marcia Scott, the Pitt Community Engagement Director and Masons from Lodge #36. The residents were very appreciative and overwhelmed with excitement when they found out the Pitt bag was for them to keep!

KBK Foundation Community Supportive Services (CSS), did not have its annual Family Resource Holiday Dinner this year.  In collaboration with Rhino security, children ages 0-14 had the opportunity to receive a toy due to the generosity of the US Marine Corp and Mason Lodge #36.

December 19, 2020 several partners gathered to deliver 100 holiday meals throughout the hill district. The partners included The Bedford Tenant Council, The Center That CARES, the NFL Players Association-Pittsburgh Chapter, and our very own KBK safety officers.

One of our biggest events this year was completely scaled back. Our Holiday Celebration this year was a toy give away. This toy give away was by appointment only. Walk ups were not allowed. Garfield Commons hosted theirs on Dec 21 and Kelly Hamilton Dec 22nd.

Lastly, on Christmas day in collaboration with Prism, Treehouse, Foot Locker LA and other community partners, The Office of Mayor Aja Brown (Compton) hosted a giveaway for the youth of Compton, California. The children were nominated by their community and the foundation was able to gift kids with gift cards from Target and Footlocker! It was such an amazing experience seeing their smiling faces and look forward to the future opportunities  in Compton.

Want to join us in making a difference? We’re raising money to benefit The KBK Foundation https://www.gofundme.com/f/kbkfoundation.  Any donation will help make an impact. Thanks in advance, this cause means so much to  us! #WeServU

2020 COVID-19 Resident Impact Summary

This year our residents have experienced unexpected difficulties during the outbreak of the coronavirus (COVID-19). As our world changed, we were able to be there when our residents needed us the most during this unprecedented time. Supporting and providing necessary assistance, connections, and resources in time of need was critical and life sustaining. From providing meals, financial assistance and relief, and other free or reduced cost programs has been the priority. Here is a snapshot of the positive impact we have had on our residents in the year of 2020:
  • The Community Supportive Services Initiative (CSS) is the frontline “HUB” for the COVID-19 Call Center. The HUB functions as the heartbeat of the property. The Community Relations Officers (CRO’s) provide residents with excellent customer service, resource information and triage all property related calls to the appropriate location. There has been approximately 8,800 interactions between our CROs and residents beginning in March.
  • Beginning April 2020, local agencies began to assist in providing residents with fresh produce, hot-boxed meals, lunches, snacks and more! Special thanks to our community partners; Earthen Vessels Outreach, Meals on Wheels, Larimer Consensus Group, Valley View Presbyterian Church, 412 Food Bank, Every Day’s A Sunday, Bloomfield Garfield Association, Community Empowerment Association and East End Cooperative Ministry, Farm-to-Table Produce and Dairy, Pittsburgh Public School Grab-n-Go, and Neighborhood Resilience Project Weekend Backpack Program.  Approximately 52,300 meals were delivered by our CRO’s.
  • Once the nationwide “shelter in place” mandate order took affect Community Supportive Service (CSS) team had begun reaching out to several resource agencies for emergency financial assistance for numerous residents who lost their jobs and childcare. Special appreciation goes to our generous partners and the CARES Relief Program we were able to acquire approximately $353.580.00 during 2020 to assist our residents. Special thanks to Urban League, United Way, Family Resource, Allegheny Alliance Church, Macedonia FACE, and Allegheny Link.
Our world as we once knew it has been completely altered and our foundation adapted quickly, and we could not be more proud of the hard-work and dedication our foundation has in serving our residents and the community!

Marrero’s Section 3 Program Receives National Attention

Marrero Commons and the Section 3 monitoring process has sparked national attention and commendation from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Marrero Commons received praise from HANO’s Executive Director, David Gilmore at their last Board Meeting with HANO Executives, STAND, and community members. Mr. Gilmore commented that KBK Enterprises was complying with all HUD regulations and doing very well in exceeding their Section 3 requirements. The Secretary of HUD also agreed by stating that “KBK has had the largest Section 3 participation numbers in the country for a project of this size.” Read More ›