On Wednesday, July 10, 2019, BKD’s Denver office volunteered with Denver Urban Gardens (DUG) to create a community garden, which promotes physical activity, healthy eating and community relationships. BKD Senior Associate Nicole Hamann led the project that united more than 20 passionate BKDers and a handful of summer interns to transform a large field covered with weeds and trash into a beautiful and sustainable community treasure.
Denver’s BKD Foundation committee wanted to find a team-building activity that allowed participants to get out of the office for the day and be active within the community. BKD Marketing Manager Jennifer Hallam has been an advocate of DUG for several years and has friends involved on the board. With Jennifer’s connections, Nicole coordinated the event details, and the team was well on their way to creating a healthy, positive change in their community.
“These are my favorite type of events, when we’re actually out in our community seeing the impact just a few hours of hard work can have,” Nicole says.
DUG supplied water, snacks, gloves and tools for everyone involved. “We just had to show up and sweat a little!” says Jennifer. The team built raised flower beds and created a number of spacious walking paths throughout the plot. Jennifer says DUG even anticipates adding chickens to the garden. The organization, known for providing fun and meaningful projects for volunteers, operates more than 180 community gardens.
Initially, Jennifer was concerned about the volunteer turnout: “The majority of BKD managers and above were out of town attending Leadership Conference—but we still had one of our best participation numbers yet.” In recent years, she says, employees have shown an even greater passion for donating their time and talent to local organizations.
BKD’s Denver office is a prime example of the firm’s commitment to service. While most of BKD was attending Leadership Conference, the firm’s most exclusive event, BKD Denver was out serving the community. Jennifer is grateful to work for a company that holds giving back to the community in such high regard.
“Part of my role here,” she says, “is to meet with and cultivate a list of organizations looking for volunteers, committee members and board candidates. I have the privilege of meeting with our BKDers to discuss their passions and connect them with organizations they can really get involved with.”
Nicole says the event with DUG was a success: “It was hard work, but well worth it to see the progress we were able to make. I think the entire committee would agree that we wouldn’t hesitate to work with DUG again.”
BKDers are proud to invest in our local communities. The BKD Foundation has supported organizations through financial donations and volunteerism since 2000.