We’re committed to being part of our community, and doing what we can to give back. Here are some of the ways we've tried to make the world a little bit better. Save a Dog Save A Dog is an all-breed, all-volunteer dog rescue group devoted to helping adoptable, friendly dogs find permanent homes in the New England area. The organization adopts and fosters dogs rescued from overcrowded shelters all over the country that would otherwise be euthanized. They are brought up to date on shots, spayed or neutered, and adopted to approved homes. Kenneth Vona Construction, with the help of several sub-contractors, helped Save A Dog renovate a home and rebuild a barn to create a state-of-the-art shelter on Boston Post Road in Sudbury, Massachusetts. Mission Mississippi In October 2007, Kenneth Vona Construction joined Waveland (W2W), a town-wide public/private organization, with the mission of helping rebuild their sister city of Waveland, Mississippi, which was Ground Zero for the 40-foot tidal wave that destroyed the coast during Hurricane Katrina. KVC led the 14-week building effort and worked with over 400 skilled tradesmen and 150 volunteers to build eight new homes for families in Waveland. Once in Mississippi, the Team realized how great the need was beyond the main project, so we expanded the project to help others. They asked, and we delivered. To date, the project has topped its $1.6M goal, and continues to raise money and awareness. Barkitecture Barkitecture, a concept popularized by Fred Albert's book by the same title, features designer doghouses created by eminent builders, architects and designers. In 2004 Kenneth Vona Construction joined other local industry professionals in donating custom dog houses to the Hull Seaside Animal Rescue to be sold at a live auction. The Doghouse-Birdhouse-Lighthouse designed by Susan Dinion of Roberts Dinion Architects Inc, brought in $8,000 alone. All together the auction brought in more than $30,000 for the animal rescue organization, significantly advancing the development of a permanent animal shelter in Hull. The following year Susan Dinion and KVC teamed up once again to build Fenway Bark. The auction was nothing but a success once again! Annual Food and Toy Drive On any given year, KVC assesses the need within our own community. In 2014 we called upon our subcontractor partners, design partners, and employees to donate directly to the Foundation for Metrowest. Judy Salerno and her team were able to place almost $40,000 in donations to local food pantries and meal programs. We find it imperative to assist those that live right in our "backyard." Homes For Our Troops In September 2007 Kenneth Vona Construction was a part of a remarkable home renovation for a local soldier, Sergeant Brian Fountaine. Homes For Our Troops is an organization based in Taunton, MA that fundraises and coordinates efforts for disabled veterans from the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. On June 8, 2006 an improvised explosive device crippled Fountaine's Humvee leaving him physically handicapped. His legs were destroyed below the knees, forcing him out of combat and bound to a hospital bed. In June of 2007 Ken Vona Construction joined forces to build a bathroom in Sergeant Fountaine's home that provided ample space for wheelchair accessibility, grab bars, and modified cabinets. Fort Awesome Fort Awesome was designed and built by Kenneth Vona Construction in the summer of 2008 — just in time for the new school year at the Roxbury Weston Preschool. RosWex Preschool brings families together in a learning community dedicated to the celebration of diversity and excellence in early care and education. The program serves as a bridge uniting urban and suburban communities. It is a program that has long been respected and supported. KVC wanted to do its part in giving to this wonderful organization and designed this new play structure just for the kids. One Fund Bowl a Thon KVC took its bowling prowess to the lanes in Cambridge in support of the One Fund. When terrorists shook our community on Marathon Monday 2013 the One Fund was established to assist those who sustained devastating injuries as a result of the attack. With more than 50 employees in attendance, KVC donated $1 for every pin that fell and ultimately the total pin-fall was matched by KVC. Hurricane Sandy Relief Drive Hurricane Sandy was the deadliest and most destructive hurricane of the Atlantic hurricane season in 2012. Estimates of total damage topped $68 billion with only Hurricane Katrina being more costly. KVC sprang into action during the 2012 Holiday Season by loading trucks full of donations. A team of KVC employees drove the goods directly to New Jersey to make sure all of the items found needy recipients.