The Barge Design Solutions, Inc. Community Fund recently awarded a total of $35,000 in grants to organizations contributing to COVID-19 relief efforts.

As our nation slowly opens following stay-at-home orders and other restrictions, many in our communities are left reeling from the effects of this pandemic. Much of our population finds themselves in need of various forms of assistance. Office Leads, employees designated to manage daily operations in the firm’s 15 locations, nominated non-profits in each locale for these employee-funded grants.

The majority of selected organizations are food banks, religious institutions, or farmers markets providing food to community members. One organization sews and distributes non-medical grade masks, and another provides financial assistance to alleviate the stress of living expenses for those unable to make payments. Franklin non-profit One Generation Away received a $2,500 grant to support their efforts in providing food for six middle Tennessee counties.

Cendy Dodd, Barge CFO and Chair of the Community Fund Committee, shares, “Never in any of our lifetimes have so many people been impacted than are currently being impacted by COVID-19. Barge wanted to assist relief efforts by supporting charitable organizations helping those in dire economic straits.”

Barge is committed to caring for the communities they live, work, and serve in. The Community Fund was established to support these efforts and intentionally foster the inherent spirit of generosity across the company and employees. The firm combines skill and dedication to impact local communities for everyday life with a multidiscipline team including engineers, architects, landscape architects, interior designers, planners, biologists, geologists, scientists, and surveyors. Barge Design Solutions has offices in five states, is ranked No. 161 on Engineering News-Record’s (ENR) 2020 Top 500 Design Firms list, and is a certified Great Place to Work®. Learn more at, and stay connected with them on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Instagram.