Difference Makers in Our Communities
Tighe & Bond’s passionate and generous staff believes in helping others and serving the communities in which they live and work. Whether it is championing fundraising programs, volunteering on community Boards after the work day ends, or leading STEM education to garner interest in the next generation of engineers, designers, and environmental specialists, their efforts are visible regularly. In addition to the generosity of our staff, making corporate donations to local communities has long been a hallmark.
Our Make a Difference Program
At Tighe & Bond, giving back to the community is more than just a year’s end event. We even have a program dedicated to giving back: our Make a Difference Program is our approach to employee community service recognition by encouraging employees to volunteer their time and talents for the benefit of local communities.
As part of the program, Tighe & Bond will make a donation to the organization of choice when an employee logs at least 100 hours of community service over the course of a year. Since launching the program in 2017, Tighe & Bond employees have volunteered more than 15,000 hours of their time to over 100 organizations.
National Society of Black Engineers Scholarships
As an organization, Tighe & Bond places immense value on the ability to positively impact the communities that we live, work, and play within. Through our support of annual scholarships with the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE), we seek to create opportunities to encourage, mentor and learn from students and peoples with diverse backgrounds. NSBE is shaping the future of engineering through its mission to “increase the number of culturally responsible black engineers who excel academically, succeed professionally, and positively impact the community.”
The National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) is one of the largest student-governed organizations based in the United States. NSBE, founded in 1975, supports and promotes the aspirations of collegiate and pre-collegiate students and technical professionals in engineering and technology. NSBE has more than 600 chapters and more than 24,000 active members in the U.S. and abroad.
Memorial Scholarship Fund
More than 20 years ago, Tighe & Bond established an annual scholarship program to honor the careers and contributions of three former company leaders who were instrumental in setting the long term direction and success of the firm.
The goal is to help fund higher education for talented young students who are pursuing engineering careers.
Tighe & Bond established the first memorial scholarship fund in 1996 to honor past President George H. McDonnell, a lifelong South Hadley, Massachusetts resident. Students who are residents of South Hadley, and who are majoring in either civil or environmental engineering, are eligible to apply for this scholarship.
In 1999, the firm established another scholarship fund to honor Holyoke resident and past President, Edward J. Bayon. Students graduating from Holyoke High School, and who plan to attend a four-year college and major in civil engineering (or related field), are eligible to apply for this scholarship.
In 2006, Tighe & Bond established yet another scholarship fund to honor its past President Philip W. Sheridan who served the firm for 46 years. Graduating high school seniors from Hampden or Hampshire counties, who plan to attend a four-year college and major in civil engineering (or a related field), are eligible to apply for this scholarship.
The Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts administers the George H. McDonnell, Edward J. Bayon, and Philip W. Sheridan scholarships. Founded in 1991, the foundation administers and manages a wide range of charitable funds that have been created for the benefit of residents of the Pioneer Valley. More information on the Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts, and how to apply for these scholarships, can be found on the organization’s website: http://www.communityfoundation.org/.