Community Service

Iowa City Ride 4 Youth Iowa City members bike to support United Action for Youth. Learn More
Sarasota Colon Cancer Alliance Run/Walk Sarasota members help spread the word about colon cancer awareness. Learn More
Las Vegas Big Brothers/Big Sisters Newspaper Table Students learn about structural soundness by constructing a paper table. Learn More
Supporting Ronald McDonald House Collecting pop tabs company wide to support Ronald McDonald House. Learn More
Donations to Muscatine Center for Strategic Action Muscatine members donate hundreds of pounds of supplies to MCSA. Learn More
West Palm Beach Habitat for Humanity West Palm Beach members donate one Saturday a month to Habitat for Humanity. Learn More
Des Moines Office "Rocks the Block" Des Moines Office members show their carpentry skills at Habitat for Humanity event. Learn More
Salt Lake City Heads Back to School Office members paint three main corridors at elementary school. Learn More
Denver Office Quilt Guild Providing comfort to many through quilting. Learn More
Phoenix Office Volunteers at Society of St. Vincent de Paul Members making a commitment to serve each month. Learn More
“Feed My Starving Children” in Phoenix Members pack meals that are shipped worldwide. Learn More
Iowa City Office Hosts Thanksgiving in July Over 200 pounds of food donated to area food reservoir. Learn More
Baton Rouge Habitat for Humanity Office members are hard at work building a house. Learn More
West Palm Beach Soup Kitchen Donation Members support local soup kitchen though donation drive. Learn More
Des Moines Office Meals from the Heartland Participating in the nation’s largest volunteer food packaging effort. Learn More
Baton Rouge Office Heritage Ranch Work Day Weeding, sanding, painting at a children’s home. Learn More
Austin Office Ramp Builders Read how our Austin office members built a ramp for a low income disabled family. Learn More
Engineers Without Borders Softball Tournament Phoenix members support EWB with softball tournament fundraiser. Learn More

Engineers Without Borders Bringing Clean Water to Armenta, Honduras

An Engineers Without Borders Team (EWB), led by Scott Eshleman of our Chicago Office, is continuing an effort to bring clean water to the village of Armenta, which is nestled in the foothills of a large mountain range in the Honduras.

Comprised of members of our Chicago, Denver, and Phoenix offices, the team is working to connect a 55,000 gallon water storage tank, complete with valves and connection, to the current 12,000 gallon water storage tank in the village. Armenta, population 2,000, has adequately clean water from a mountain stream source. However, their storage systems create health problems that are completely avoidable.

Scott shares, "the need for this project is of upmost importance as many of the 370 homes in Armenta only receive water once or twice a week. Although the water 8,000 feet up the mountainside is safe to drink, the storage in the village creates areas for contamination. Storing water in pillas, a concrete tank with two holding basins that measure about a cubic yard each, is the cause of the unsanitary water. Without chlorination or protection from external contamination, unsanitary results prevail."

The first phase of the project is now complete and fundraising efforts are under way for upcoming project phases. These will include: raising the water source dam, removing and reconstructing a sediment tank, constructing two 150 foot pipe suspension bridges over a mountain gorge, laying approximately 8,000 feet of six foot PVC and galvanized iron pipe, completing a pipe distribution network to all the homes, and installing a second 55,000 gallon water storage tank. The next set of trips is scheduled for January or February of 2014.

As part of the trip, Jenny Jablonski headed up an effort to collect and distribute much needed shoes and toiletry items for the community's many children. Members of our Chicago Office raised enough to allow the team to hand out over 100 brightly colored toothbrushes, many tubes of toothpaste, and a dozen new soccer balls – one to each of the village's soccer teams.

"It was a great way to finish the trip, with the sight of the many smiling and laughing faces." Three duffle bags of shoes were "gone in less than 15 minutes," said Jenny, "the kids were all so excited and appreciative.