OUTREACH1Karins’ vision statement “Better Communities Through Better Engineering” is only part of our vision.  We also believe in bettering those communities in which we live and participate by giving back through volunteer efforts and sponsorships.  Our staff routinely participates in outreach events such as:
  • DNREC beach grass planting – For the last 5 years, Karins’ employees have participated in this event.  Our team has endured rain, wind and near freezing temperatures to help control erosion of one of Delaware’s most precious resources, our coastline. 

  • DelDOT’s Adopt-A-Highway – Over 5 years ago, our team chose to adopt a section of a nearby road, which we maintain regularly.    

  • Charity of the Year - Each year our staff selects a charity to adopt for that year…to participate in fundraisers, events, etc. 
    2017 - The staff chose St. Jude Children's Hospital.  We are running a few fundraisers, which Karins will match dollar for dollar up to $2000.  Interested in donating?  Click here...
    2016 - Karins’ staff voted to support the Food Bank of Delaware…a way to further involve our company and staff in the community.  Between employee contributions, the company’s matching commitment and the donation of a company truck, our contribution to the Food Bank exceeded $4000 and 1000 cans of food!

  • Toys for Tots – We collect toys every year at each of our offices.  We filled over two large boxes with toys in 2016!

Karins participates in over 20 Professional Associations and Organizations through memberships, committees or board positions.  As we continue to grow so will our involvement in our communities!

Dottie This is the second in a series that highlights our staff and the positive changes they make in our world.  

Project Outreach is a consortium of local churches, schools, scouting and other organizations that have come together to provide for those in need in the Royersford, PA, area.  These organizations collect non-perishable food, run food drives, and Project Outreach works with local businesses to make up shortfalls.  There is not enough food to eliminate hunger from these families but the hope is that these supplies will fill the gap and lessen food uncertainty.


For more than 7 years, on the second Sunday of the month, Dottie Bellissimo (Momenee, Bryn Mawr), her husband Kevin, and members of her church go to St Augustine's in Norristown, PA, to help cook and serve a free breakfast to anyone who wants one..what may be, for many, their only meal of the day.

"The mission of Project Outreach is close to my heart, especially when I see little children there," says Dottie.  "When I think about how many people there are who don't have food or this would be their only meal of the day, I had to stay involved. My husband and I are committed to volunteer and help for as long as we can!"
Karins gives back to the communities in which we work.  But our staff…our unsung heroes…take time out of their busy personal lives to contribute to causes they believe in.  This is the first in a series that highlights our staff and the positive changes they make in our world.  

Mascari smallVolunteering is a family affair for John Mascari, a project manager at Karins, and his wife Carrie.  Carrie's parents, Alan and Christine, started the tradition many years ago by volunteering for the Mancus Foundation of Delaware.  This organization, started in 1955, is the only non-profit in Delaware dedicated to serving the social, recreational and transportation needs of all physically and developmentally challenged individuals, regardless of their disability.  Over time, Carrie started to volunteer with her parents and upon marrying John, he, too, became an important part of their volunteer team. 

The Mascari's volunteer duties include assisting during organized social events and field trips.  This could include acting as an "arm guide" for blind members, pushing wheelchairs, setting up events or serving and cleaning up meals.  Often times, it is just providing conversation and an empathetic ear.  Eventually, they were both nominated to the Board of Directors of Mancus and now participate in the planning of fundraisers and directing the overall financial health and future path of the organization.  "It is very rewarding work" says Carrie, "and makes you grateful for all the blessings in your life, especially your good health.  It is a privilege to get to know each member personally over a number of years.  You go through challenges and setbacks with them as if they were your own family member.  It is a tight-knit community and the members take care of each other."

This is a lesson they are passing on to their 20 year old daughter, Samantha, who has grown up in the midst of all the Mancus community and is also now a third generation volunteer!

April 28, 2017 - For the last 6 years, Karins has participated in DelDOT’s Adopt-A-Highway, “a partnership between the Department of Transportation and volunteers, working together to make Delaware better, two miles at a time. More than just a cleanup campaign, this innovative program works to educate citizens of all ages about the responsibilities of land stewardship-the care and repair of our environment. Ultimately, the AAH Program is about people caring enough to make a difference.”  

Many thanks to Dave Bradley, Edwin Gray, Ian Yates, John Mascari, and Roger Stanley for taking the time to collect 11 bags of garbage along Papermill Road in Newark.  Special thanks to Roger for again organizing the event!

ACE logoThe ACE Mentor Program (Architecture, Construction, Engineering) “mentors high school students and inspires them to pursue careers in design and construction.”  From www.acementor.org:  “This nationwide program is designed to introduce high school students to the wide range of career opportunities open to young people in the fields of architecture, construction, engineering, and related areas of the building design and construction industry.  At weekly meetings, student teams work directly with professionals from leading area firms, who volunteer their time to mentor the teams as they design hypothetical projects, tour local construction sites, and visit architectural, engineering and construction offices.” 

Dev Sitaram, president, and John Johnson, vice president, are both on the board of the Delaware chapter.  Why?  “Karins has a vested interest in the development of a sustainable workforce of future engineers and surveyors,” says Dev Sitaram, president.  “We want to introduce VoTech and high school students to careers in the construction industry so there will be a continual pipeline of potential employees for the sustenance of the construction industry.  Right now there is a shortage of qualified employees.  By introducing them to the industry, helping them to be part of a design team on a hypothetical project, and showing them the value this industry has on the world, we hope more students will consider ACE careers.  John and I dedicate a lot of time to the ACE Mentoring Program and we’ve seen the success of students heading into our industry when they had not considered it before.  That’s a win win!” 

group webMarch 18, 2017, Delaware Seashore State Park - It was 55 degrees...much warmer than the weather had been during the week that dumped over a foot of snow in areas just north. But it was still raw and dreary, which didn’t stop the thousands of participants in the Annual Beach Grass Planting along Delaware’s southern coastal communities. Among the volunteers were a group of Karins’ employees who year after year help to preserve Delaware’s coast. Participants included John Johnson, Steve Sellers, Jay Rash, Bob Donaldson, Chris Biggers, and their friends and families. Another example of Karins giving back to the communities in which we live and work. Thanks team!
December 16, 2016 - socialmedia smallOur vision statement “Better Communities Through Better Engineering” is only part of our vision.  We also believe in bettering those communities in which we live and participate by giving back through volunteer efforts and sponsorships.  One example was during the holidays, Momenee and Karins and Associates collected nearly 60 toys!

CANgineering article

Earlier in the year, Karins’ staff voted to support the Food Bank of Delaware as our 2016 charity of the year…a way to further involve our company and staff in the communities in which we work and live.  

The Food Bank’s CANgineering competition was right up our alley.  It’s “a creative way to collect much-needed food and create a spirited competition in Delaware’s organizations.  Participants hold food drives and compete to create sculptures out of the food items collected.”  More…

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August 2016 - In July, Karins decided to retire a truck used in the field for survey and construction review services.  Still in good working order we first looked into selling it outright. 

Earlier in the year, however, Karins’ staff had voted to support the Food Bank of Delaware as its “2016 Charity of the Year.”  This gave us pause for thought as we decided what to do.  Not knowing if there would be a need for this “gently used” truck, we reached out to the Food Bank to see if there was interest in Karins donating it to them. More...

March 19 - It was in mid 40s with winds that made the temperatures feel at least 10 degrees colder.  That didn’t stop the many volunteers participating in DNREC’s (Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control) Annual Beach Grass Planting to create  “a natural barrier to the destructive forces of wind and waves.”  Karins and Associates’ has participated in this event for the last 5 years.  Staff participants included organizer Ken Reynolds, John Johnson, Bob Donaldson, Chris Biggers and Pam Nelson. More...

karins grass planting 2015

March 21, 2015 - The DNREC Beach Grass Planting event for 2015 was once again a lot of fun for those that were able to join us this year. This event is sponsored by The Delaware Department of Natural Resources (DNREC) annually to stabilize and protect the dunes in the event of severe coastal storms. Several of Karins’ employees, family and friends joined hundreds of volunteers in planting beach grass.  The weather, although a bit chilly, did cooperate better than in some past years. We had partly sunny skies and temperatures got up to around 55 degrees. Karins would like to extend their appreciation towards those who were first time volunteers and also those that honorably dedicate their time, year after year, to protect the beaches and properties along the Delaware shore line.

Janugroup shotary 17, 2014 - On Saturday January 17th, Karins and Associates teamed up with Macintosh Engineering to volunteer with Build Day for Sussex County Habitat for Humanity. The turn out was excellent and the crew was able to accomplish the first floor framing. Karins and Associates is already making plans for another event in the near future.