As 2019 comes to a close, we reflect on another successful year of B::Engaged. B::Engaged is a community engagement group at Ballinger that connects with and impacts Greater Philadelphia through long-term commitments and short-term volunteer work. Thank you to our staff members for their dedication and willingness to serve our community, our firm leaders for their support of B::Engaged, and our community partners for welcoming us and providing opportunities to give back. We look forward to a great 2020!
Since 2012, Ballinger has been a Corporate Champion of the Community Design Collaborative, a local organization that provides pro bono preliminary design services to nonprofit organizations in greater Philadelphia, creates engaging volunteer opportunities for design professionals, and raises awareness about the importance of design in revitalizing communities.
“We feel a community responsibility to Philadelphia,” says Ballinger Senior Principal Terry D. Steelman, FAIA, LEED AP. In addition to financial support of the Collaborative, Terry has been a strong advocate for the organization, in part for the opportunities it affords volunteers to try out new roles and hone their leadership skills. “In practice, when designers are driven by deadlines and budgets, it’s quite easy to get lost in the daily process. Working with the Community Design Collaborative gives people an opportunity to take leadership roles and grow – and both the Collaborative and community benefit.”
Over 30 Ballinger staff members have volunteered with the Collaborative, on projects ranging from reinvigorating dark intersections beneath a rail viaduct, to expanding a jazz venue, to re-imagining a 1960’s Airstream trailer for community health outreach. Each project was funded by a Community Design Collaborative grant and engaged community stakeholders in the conceptual design process.
This Giving Tuesday Ballinger is proud to continue our support of the Community Design Collaborative and the many organizations that benefit from its work.
Members of B::Engaged, Ballinger’s employee community outreach group, volunteered time last evening to guest-chef at the Chestnut Street Ronald McDonald House in Center City Philadelphia. The organization is dedicated to supporting the families of children experiencing illness by fostering communities of comfort and hope.
At the event, our employee volunteers worked hands-on preparing dinner for families of the Ronald McDonald house by making tacos, hoping to bring joy and a sense of community to the evenings of these families.
Ballinger staff members participated in the annual Penn Medicine Radnor Run today, raising money for the American Lung Association. The event included a 5-mile timed running race and 1-mile walk/fun run. Despite wind and rain, Ballinger team runners won first place in two divisions.
Ballinger was among the top fundraising companies and helped exceed the event’s $120,000 fundraising goal. We’re proud to support our client, Penn Medicine, and the American Lung Association.