The pursuit of wellness encompasses not only physical health but also the holistic well-being of individuals and communities. One event that embodies this philosophy is the African American Male Wellness Walk, which has been making significant strides towards improving the health and wellness of African American men for two decades. At the heart of this movement stands Dr. Keith B. Key, a remarkable individual whose dedication and commitment have played an important role in the success of the 20th Annual African American Male Wellness Walk.
We extend our sincerest gratitude to each and every person who took the time to attend our graduation party. Your presence added warmth, happiness, and a sense of togetherness to the celebration. It was truly heartwarming to see familiar faces, share laughter, and create lasting memories as we marked the end of one chapter and the beginning of another.
At the beginning of the year, our Community Relations Officers - Angela, Jenise, and Irene - developed a comprehensive plan with specific goals for their respective communities. During the initial four months, KBK Foundation has made a significant impact on the residents in several ways. Let's take a moment to examine some of their remarkable achievements:
During the month of February we celebrated Black History Month by using our platforms to highlight black professionals who have testimonies that speak to this year’s Black History theme, Resistance. Our campaign included a brief interview where we got to discover some of the adversities Whitney Taylor (DJ), Amber Mitchell (School Psychologist), and Darrick Forrest Jr. (NFL Athlete) faced pursuing their career, and overall, their perspective on “Black Resistance.”
During the 2022 Holiday season KBK Foundation hosted a holiday party at The Heritage and hosted The Columbus Symphony Orchestra. In Pittsburgh, CSS proudly served over 600 toys with Toys4Tots to our residents.
The Heritage hosts an annual Harvest Festival for their residents to celebrate the fall and holiday season!
KBK Foundation has initiated the Culture: Black Fine Art Expo to showcase the importance of Black Fine Art as an investment and as an expression of Black culture. KBK Foundation has selected several reputable galleries and purveyors of Black Fine Art from around the country to participate in our second Black Fine Art event and the first annual Culture: Black Fine Art Expo.
Community Relations Officer at The Heritage, Angela Miles, had the perfect opportunity to host a series of career days for the students during the annual Summer Program powered by Ethiopian Tewahedo Social Services.
Sphinx at The Ohio State University boasts a heritage of pride and tradition stronger than any other organization on campus. Sphinx bestowed membership onto the 24 students and three honorary members selected by the Class of 2021 for upholding the highest ideals of scholarship, leadership, camaraderie, citizenship, and service at The Ohio State University.
After another COVID year with limited interaction, The KBK Foundation’s team of Community Relations Officers (CRO), made it their mission to provide some Holiday Cheer for the residents of our communities! Every year the KBK Foundation partnered with organizations to provide some sort of holiday experience for our residents. This year (Holiday Season 2021), KBK Foundation partner with Tidwell Group’s Impact Foundation and Toys 4 Tots.
2020 Season of Giving
2020 put a halt on some of the Foundation’s events and programs that were planned for the year. However, our Foundation Board and the Community Relations Officers quickly adapted by collaborating with our amazing community partners and donors. With their support, we were able to gather resources and plan some events throughout the year. Here are some highlights of our recent holiday events:
2020 COVID-19 Resident Impact Report
Supporting and providing necessary assistance, connections, and resources in time of need was critical and life sustaining. From providing meals, financial assistance and relief, and other free or reduced cost programs has been the priority. Here is a snapshot of the positive impact we have had on our residents in the year of 2020:
Residents Old And New Gather for Community Days
Each summer, The KBK Foundation, development partner of KBK Enterprises, sponsors Resident Community Days at residential sites that are owned and managed by KBK Enterprises. These festivals introduced three years ago, are a unique way for young and old to interact, fellowship and meet new residents that have joined respective communities at Garfield Commons, Pittsburgh, PA, The Heritage, Columbus, OH and The Foster House, Washington, DC.
Residents gather for a day filled with laughter and smiles, dancing, eating, and games. Various activities are available at each of the sites such as sack racing, art projects, video game trucks, facing painting and dunk tanks. However it is the instituted partnerships made by The KBK Foundation with non-profit entities and agencies such as the Allegheny Bomb Squad and Columbus Fire Department that prove to be a "big hit" with our residents. Participating vendors such as Molina Healthcare, Nationwide Children's Hospital, Gateway Health, and UPMC Children's Hospital provide free screenings to residents at these events. Our much needed team of KBK staff members and volunteers continue to make our community days for our residents, young and old, a huge success.