HARGROVE ENGINEERS + CONSTRUCTORS LAUNCH harGIVES WEBSITE
Jan 4, 2016
Hargrove Engineers + Constructors’ new initiative, harGIVES, has a brand new website as of January 1st. harGIVES (Hargrove Innovative Volunteer Engineering Services) is a new volunteer organization that provides the means and opportunity to give back to the community utilizing Hargrove Teammates’ engineering and technical expertise. The website can be used to submit ideas for new projects, and most notably, it can be used to apply for an adaptive toy car from harGIVES’ inaugural project, the HAT Project. Visit the new website today at www.hargives.org.
In October, the Hargrove Adaptive Toy (HAT) project unveiled its first adaptive toy car for 11 year-old Emma Pablo. In 2017, the HAT Project plans to modify up to 10 adaptive toy cars. Each adaptive toy car can be customized with headswitches, joysticks and push buttons to accommodate an individual child’s needs. Much like Emma, many mobility limited children do not qualify for an insurance-provided electric wheelchair as they must prove their ability to independently control the chair before they can receive aid. These adaptive toy cars provide a convenient, accessible pathway for development of the necessary skills to meet the insurance requirements. Studies have shown that the ability to control one’s movement through space has a direct impact on social, cognitive and speech skills.
Applications may be submitted online for future recipients of HAT Project adaptive toy cars. The application is a 2 step process which includes a Physical Therapist Recommendation and Parental Consent. The adaptive toy cars will be awarded on a bi-annual basis. Applications will be accepted through February 15th, 2017 for the spring recipients and July 31st, 2017 for fall recipients. Applications are valid for one calendar year. To apply, visit our website at www.hargives.org/hat-project.
harGIVES was founded so that the Teammates’ desire to give back would not remain unrealized due to lack of resources. Launching the harGIVES organization as a 501(c)3 has allowed the company’s passion for volunteerism to take on a variety of creative, hands-on projects. The Hargrove Foundation exists as a means to financially support charitable causes, while harGIVES enables Hargrove Teammates to engage in specific projects as a volunteer organization with the ability to provide goods and services.