Giving Back

At Manhard Consulting, we strive to create long-term relationships in the community.
That means being not just a good corporate citizen but also a good neighbor and friend to the business community, local residents, future engineers and others. We actively support our staff in donating their time and talents to this important mission.

Charitable Matching Program

Manhard Consulting actively encourages and supports our associates’ involvement in charitable causes.  Our Matching Charitable Contributions Program is designed to give encouragement and provide an incentive for employees to make regular charitable contributions to organizations of their choice.

Hurricane Harvey Relief Effort

Few severe weather events have hit as close to home as Hurricane Harvey.  With an office in Houston and staff and their families living in the affected area, our primary concern was with each and every one of them.  Gladly, we can report that all are safe!

As a show of support for our staff and the surrounding community, employees from offices across the US, matched by the Manhard Charitable Matching Program, raised over $12,000 in support of relief efforts for Hurricane Harvey.  Charities supported included:

  • American Red Cross
  • Americares
  • Catholic Charities of Galveston-Houston
  • Greater Houston Community Foundation
  • Houston Food Bank
  • Houston Relief Fund (JJ Watt Foundation)
  • Mission Northeast
  • Montgomery County Food Bank
  • Salvation Army of Houston
  • Samaritan’s Purse
  • SPCA of Texas

Northern Illinois Food Bank

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Our Vernon Hills team!
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Our Lombard Team!

Over two evenings in November, Manhard Consulting associates from our Illinois offices and their family members volunteer at the Northern Illinois Food Bank. Staff members work together to pack approximately 5,500 pounds of bulk granola, instant breakfast packs and other food items in ready-to-go boxes. More than 1,800 boxes are prepared for our neighbors in the greater Chicago area that suffer from food insecurity.

“My goal in arranging this volunteer event was to share a fun and meaningful family tradition with my co-workers,” said Tim Murphy, survey manager for Manhard Consulting. “All those who came and worked together left with a very a positive feeling knowing that their efforts will make a difference in the lives of others. I hope to make this an annual event!”

The Greenhouse Project

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The beginnings of The Greenhouse Project

Located on the campus of Carson High School in Carson City, Nevada, The Greenhouse Project provides an educational base for students of all ages. Students learn the importance of sustainable living and how to grow their own foods and increase their knowledge of nutrition. All while enjoying the great outdoors! Ninety percent of the food grown at The Greenhouse is given to the underserved in the local community.

Under the direction of Mark Rotter, PE, staff from our offices in Carson City and Reno, supported this exciting project by providing site improvement plans, construction staking, utility agreements and as-builts to help get The Greenhouse Project up and running.

Since its beginnings, The Greenhouse has met or exceeded its goal of producing 400 pounds of produce each month and has far exceeded its original goal of having at least 200 students participating in the vocational/educational programs.

To learn more, visit http://carsoncitygreenhouse.org/.

CANstruction

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Team Kung Fu CAN-da hard at work!

Manhard Consulting joined forces with Myefski Architects to form Team Ready-Set-Go Fight Hunger (2016) and Team Kung Fu CAN-da (2015) for CANstruction Chicago! CANstruction is the largest one-day food drive that benefits the Greater Chicago Food Depository(GCFD). For the annual design and build competition, canned foods become the building materials for our creative structure.

All funds raised and canned foods purchased go directly to the GCFD to assist in their fight to end food insecurity for more than 812,00 men, women and children in the greater Chicagoland area. Our goal…No 1 Goes Hungry!

Toys 4 Tots

In conjunction with the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program, Manhard Consulting

sponsors onsite drives to donate new, unwrapped toys in December each year.

The U.S. Marine Corps distributes these toys as Christmas gifts to needy children in the local community.

The Donald and Patricia Manhard Charitable Foundation

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The Manhard Consulting Classroom at The Yeh Student Center at the University of Illinois

The Donald and Patricia Manhard Charitable Foundation was established with the primary goal of assisting children and families in crisis.  The social issues addressed by the foundation include working families living at or below the poverty level, homelessness, abandonment, food insecurity, human rights and the availability of quality education and medical care for all.

A secondary goal of the foundation is to encourage students to pursue a career in civil engineering or surveying by supporting universities and schools that offer either a STEM curriculum or civil engineering or surveying as a major.

Since its inception, the foundation has donated over $450,000.00 to the following organizations:

  • Catholic Charities USA
  • Catholic Medical Mission Board (CMMB)
  • Children Outreach and Community Empowerment, Inc.
  • Children’s Memorial Hospital
  • Daniel Murphy Scholarship Foundation
  • Food For The Poor
  • Greater Chicago Food Depository
  • Guatemalan Tomorrow Fund
  • Human Rights Watch
  • Inner-City Teaching Corps
  • Juvenile Protective Association
  • Loyola Academy Guardian Angel Fund
  • Mercy Home
  • Misericordia
  • The Hope Foundation
  • University of Illinois (Manhard Classroom at the Yeh Student Center)
  • US Funds for Unicef
  • Water.org
  • Youth Guidance