Projects at HAWE North America

March of Dimes

HAWE North America decided to support the March of Dimes by sponsoring all HAWE Hydraulik employees and any of their family members who were interested in participating local March for Babies walks in Charlotte NC, Houston TX, and Portland OR.

HAWE Hydraulik is proud to support the March of Dimes and would like to thank all of our employees who decided to make a difference by participating and for their generosity by donating to this very worth-while cause.    

The HAWE Houston team; Cynthia Villanueva, Kecia Ross, Lori Phillips, Carolina Sanchez, Jennifer Bonilla, and Juli Grettenburger gave up some free time and walked a distance of 4.5 miles starting on Calhoun Road in downtown Houston.  The Houston team raised a total of $249.

The HAWE Charlotte team; Aaron, Kellie and Elijah Van Gilder, Kathy and Paul Sandel, Jason and Carmen McCorkle and Noelle Tolar braved the heat and gathered in Romare Bearden Park to walk the difficult 3.5 miles through downtown Charlotte. The Charlotte team raised a total of $482. 

Three hours later on that same day, the HAWE Portland team; Tracy Davidson and Mike Hodge started their walk of 6.2 miles on Center Court Street in Portland. The Portland team raised a total of $192. 

In total, HAWE Cares was able to raise a total of $923. All proceeds raised went to the March of Dimes whose mission is to improve the health of babies by prevention birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality. Premature birth affects about 380,000 babies in the United States. The funds raised support research and programs that help mothers have full-term pregnancies and babies begin healthy lives.

Levine Cancer Institute

HAWE supports the American Cancer Society and the Levine Cancer Institute by coordinating a drive for donations of new or gently used hats, scarfs and wigs throughout the month of July. 

In total, HAWE Hydraulik employees in the Charlotte and Houston locations and their family members made over 80 donations. 

All donations, which are cleaned and inspected before they are given to any patients, went to the Cancer Resource Center located on the first floor of the Levine Cancer Institute in Charlotte, NC. 

The Cancer Resource Center’s primary goal is to deliver professional, compassionate assistance to cancer patients, their families, caregivers and the community.  They provide timely information, referral to service and resources and emotional support.  One of the resources is free wigs, hats and scarves. 

HAWE Hydraulik is proud to support The Cancer Resource Center and The Levine Cancer Institute and would like to thank all of our employees and their families who decided to make a difference by donating to this very worth-well cause.

335 Heart Foundation

HAWE also supports the 335 Heart Foundation by offering event assistances and encouraging all HAWE Hydraulik Charlotte-based employees and any of their family members who were interested in participating in the 3rd Annual Heart of a Warrior 5K in Charlotte, NC.

The event raised $5,000 which was held at McAlpine Creek Park in Charlotte. 

Starting at 9AM, the HAWE Charlotte team members, Kristina Smith, Darius Gabriel, Janell Snipes with her son Trey, Patti Butler and her family, Eric Bowers with his wife two sons and daughter all either volunteered as part of the event staff or raced in the 5K. Patti and her granddaughter took 2nd place in their respective brackets.

“It was a great event for our foundation.” Said Kristina Smith, creator of the foundation.  “We look forward to supporting Kristina and her foundation for years to come.” Said Aaron Van Gilder, HAWE Cares Chairman.

About 335 Heart Foundation
The 335 Heart Foundation, founded by HAWE’s Kristina Smith, provides timely and accessible financial support to children afflicted with a critical CHD and their families. 98% of all fundraising proceeds go directly to support programs that help families in need.  The remaining 2% is used to fund basic operating costs such as liability insurance, website and a PO Box. 

HAWE Hydraulik is proud to support the 335 Heart Foundation and would like to thank all of our employees who decided to make a difference by participating and for their generosity by donating to this very worth-well cause.    

Habitat for Humanity

HAWE helped make a difference in the community by participating with Habitat for Humanity. Equipped with a hammer and boxes of nails, HAWE Hydraulik employees put on their hard hats, gloves and safety glasses and jumped into constructing all interior walls, adding insulation and building temporary scaffolding for a new construction home located on Ross Street in Charlotte, NC. All the work accomplished on Saturday assisted the Habitat crew get ahead of schedule on this project.

The work done by Habitat volunteers reduces the purchase price of these homes by ~20%. The labor of volunteers and partner families, efficient building methods, modest house sizes, and no-profit loans make it affordable for low-income families to purchase Habitat houses.

Habitat for Humanity Mission:

Brings people together to build homes, communities and hope.

Habitat for Humanity Vision:

A world where everyone has a decent place to live.

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This was the second off-site initiative where HAWE employees chose to give up a Saturday and put in some hard work to help those in need. HAWE are very pleased with the success of this initiative and will plan to assist Habitat for Humanity again in the future. A very special thank you goes out to all who participated!