The pain and hardships caused by the COVID-19 pandemic have touched us personally and as an office. We pride ourselves on being community-minded problem solvers whether applying creative solutions to architectural challenges or to important social problems and crises. And the COVID-19 pandemic is no exception.
HMFHers have been positively impacting their communities by preparing meals for homeless and formerly-homeless women through On the Rise, sewing masks and donating blood for Red Cross, and volunteering time and resources to local charities like Boston Cares and Off Their Plate, which helps keep restaurant workers paid and the frontline workforce fed, as well as organizing relief efforts for the elderly, indigenous members of a community in Guatemala.
Because we recognize the virus’ threat to both community health and economic survival, our office has also doubled down on support for humanitarian organizations in the communities where we are doing work as well as where we work. Because so many of our client communities are touched by United Way programs, we have always made them one of the major recipients of our annual giving and are now increasing that support because of the enormous need in these same communities. We are also helping the Greater Boston Food Bank address food insecurity in communities throughout Eastern Massachusetts. And in our hometown, we are contributing to the Mayor’s Disaster Relief fund to help our Cambridge neighbors survive COVID-related financial hardship.