Charles Hilton Architects is committed to sharing our time, talent and success to support humanitarian, educational and environmental causes in both our local and international communities through the donation of design services, project sponsorships and financial contributions. Whenever possible, the firm prefers to pursue projects that directly involve the donation of design services with the goal of improving the human condition through an improved built environment. When not donating design services the firm prefers to sponsor organizations and projects where it can play a role as a strategic partner in a large or long term project that reflects CHA’s values and interest. Finally, CHA makes a number of strictly financial contributions to support important causes that capture our attention. In May 2016, CHA was honored with the Greenwich Chamber of Commerce’s Corporate Leadership Award which is presented each year to a business that “has demonstrated longstanding involvement in the community and, through solid leadership, is enhancing the town’s quality of life.”
Haitian Health Foundation Happy Houses
Charles Hilton Architects is pleased to partner with the Haitian Health Foundation in the construction of “Happy Houses” for the needy in area of Jeremie, Haiti. The Haitian Health Foundation is a Connecticut based non-profit organization whose mission is to improve the health and well-being of the poorest citizens in the Western Hemisphere through healthcare, education and community development projects. Housing for many in rural Haiti is deplorable. Families often live together in small rickety shacks of cardboard, tin, rags and straw with dirt floors. Vermin and insects are impossible to control and roofs regularly leak or are blown away.
The Happy House program replaces these shacks with concrete block houses with cement floors, a tin roof, windows and doors. Recipients are selected by a vote of Village Committees to ensure that only the neediest families receive them. Whenever possible, recipients participate in the construction. A Happy House provides humane living conditions, improved sanitation and dignity for their owners. In an ongoing program, Charles Hilton Architects is supporting the construction of one Happy House each quarter of every year since the company’s inception.
More information about the vital work of the Haitian Health foundation and the Happy House program can be found at www.haitianhealthfoundation.org.
Greenwich Historical Society – Landmark Preservation Program
Charles Hilton Architects is a proud sponsor of the Greenwich Historical Society’s Landmark Preservation Program. The Greenwich Historical Society is an organization which “preserves the history of Greenwich, engages the public in an exploration of its rich cultural heritage, inspires a spirit of discovery through educational programs and encourages active participation in the preservation and interpretation of the town’s past.” During the past half century many of Greenwich’s older historic structures have disappeared. Begun in 1987 as the “Signs of the Times”, the Landmark Preservation Program has recognized and helped preserve over 280 structures through professional research, documentation of significant historic properties, their history and architectural features, and by creating awareness of these valuable architectural resources through education and presenting Landmark Plaques to property owners.
For more information about the Greenwich Historical Society visit www.hstg.org. Specific information about the about the Landmark Preservation Program can be found at www.hstg.org/pres_greenwichlandmarks.php.
St. John Bosco Children’s Centre
Charles Hilton Architects is happy to partner with the St. John Bosco Children’s Centre in Kitale, Kenya in their work rescuing children from life on the streets in rural Kenya. The St. John Bosco Centre’s mission is to recognize the dignity and worth of each child by rescuing and preventing orphans and vulnerable children from life on the streets by placing them in schools and keeping them in close contact with their families. They are currently assisting 160 children and youth. Most of their families have left the arid Turkana region in Northern Kenya to escape the extreme poverty and hunger. The children are often saved from the streets and placed in boarding schools where they are clothed, fed and educated. The school is on 10 acres and includes dormitories, classrooms, a library, kitchen, dining room and a playing field for sports and exercise. After completing the schooling, the children either go on to more formal education, college or are reintegrated with their families where they can make a difference.
To read more about the St. John Bosco Children’s Centre, visit http://www.boscokenya.org/Education.html.
Charles Hilton Architects is a proud supporter of the Greenwich Rotary Club. Greenwich Rotary, a part of Rotary International, facilitates numerous local and international project each year. Several highlights of the Greenwich Rotary Club’s international projects include the Medishare Project which gathers and sends medical supplies and equipment to impoverished areas in Lima, Peru, the BioSand water filters supplied to provide clean drinking water to those living in the mountains near Lima, Peru and the school supplies and books sent to the Masai School in Tanzania. Several highlights of local community projects include the annual distribution of dictionaries and thesauruses to over 900 children in Greenwich, CT, continued support for the Greenwich Boys and Girls Club and the “Reading Champions” program through Greenwich public schools and afterschool centers. Charles Hilton Architects looks forward to continuing to support the tremendous efforts of the Greenwich Rotary Club. To learn more about the Greenwich Rotary Club, visit http://www.greenwichrotary.org.
Charles Hilton Architects is a proud supporter of Rotary International. Rotary International is an International Service organization whose purpose is to bring business and professional leaders together to provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations, and to help build good will and peace in the world. There are over 29,000 Rotary Clubs across 110 countries with 1.2 million members. Rotary’s primary motto is “Service Above Self.” Additional information on Rotary International can be found at www.rotary.org.
The Greenwich Preservation Trust
Charles Hilton Architects is happy to support the Greenwich Preservation Trust with their mission of educating and advocating for the preservation of Greenwich, CT’s historic and cultural resources through preservation projects and developing preservation incentives in planning land use policy and regulations. Chuck Hilton currently sits on the Trust’s Board of Directors and has provided financial and logistical support for one of the Trust’s current projects, the preservation, relocation and restoration of the historic Thomas Lyon’s House (circa 1695) in Greenwich, CT.
More information about the Greenwich Preservation Trust can be found at http://www.greenwichpreservationtrust.org.
The Greenwich Preservation Network
Charles Hilton Architects is proud to support the Greenwich Preservation Network. In March 2015, the Greenwich Historical Society formed the Greenwich Preservation Network by inviting a cross-section of the town’s leadership of public and private organizations and businesses to participate. Their goal is to outline potential economic and governmental incentives for preservation of historic and architecturally significant structures–residential, commercial and institutional–and to publicize and develop programs to educate the community on local resources. Their first endeavor has been creating signs to mark each of the town’s fifteen historic districts. The first sign was placed on Greenwich Avenue to mark the Municipal Center Historic District in celebration of the 375 Greenwich Anniversary Parade on September 27, 2015. To learn more about the Greenwich Preservation Network, visit http://greenwichhistory.org/pres_greenwich_network.php.
Heartbeat International Ministries
Charles Hilton Architects was happy to partner with Heartbeat International Ministries in the construction of Abraham’s School of Fatick in Senegal, Africa. Heartbeat International Ministries spans the globe in touching lives. Their mission is to make a difference in feeding, clothing and educating the hungry. Senegal is located at the western most point of Africa and Fatick is located in a rural area near towns and villages. Abraham’s School of Fatick was the first Christian school to be built in Senegal and was completed in February, 2015. The school includes classrooms that serve as training areas, a kitchen, dining room and a playing area in the center and is now able to accommodate 200 former street children who are now delighted to be receiving an education. To learn more about the important work of Heartbeat International Ministries, visit http://www.heartbeatim.org.