We understand the importance of giving back to the communities in which we live and work, which is why we have been committed to community involvement throughout Lehigh Valley, PA since the beginning. Our founder, Morris Black, and his sons set strong examples for community service with their leadership in many Lehigh Valley organizations, including The Chamber of Commerce, The Rotary, Congregation Brith Sholom, Lehigh Valley Industrial Parks and the Boy Scouts.
Morris Black Designs fosters an environment which encourages community service and volunteerism among our employees. Presently, over 25 associates are involved in various activities, including Rotary (two past presidents), Kiwanis, and Lions Clubs; Boy Scouts of America; United Way (several people); YMCA Board; organizer of Heart Walk; Second Harvest Food Bank; March of Dimes, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Volunteer Fire Dept., Habitat for Humanity, KidsFest, Little League coaching, and many church and youth organizations. A group of associates also organized an effort to send care packages to U.S. troops in Iraq. Stephen Blumberg (VP-Insulation Division) has served as a member of the board at Congregation Keneseth Israel. Fourth generation family member Jonathan Black has served as president of the local chapter of the Door and Hardware Institute and is a trustee of Congregation Brith Sholom.
During our 100th anniversary celebration, the firm was engaged in year-long community service projects. Notably, we raised money for Valley Youth House by publishing and selling a Morris Black family Cookbook (still in print!) and we “adopted” nearby Buchanan Elementary School. Morris Black has also contributed to Habitat’s local ReStore.
Morris Black designed, built and donated the Kitchen Set to PBS Channel 39 in Bethlehem. The contemporary set was designed for filming the cable cooking show “The Chef’s Kitchen”, with areas for cooking, plating and tasting dishes – and on casters so it can be rolled away when not in use. This kitchen is now also used for the “Cooking for Baby & Me” shows produced for the St.Lukes University Health Network.
Morris Black also created the working kitchen at the Easton Public Market, and has been it’s principal sponsor since the opening of the market in April 2015. The mission of the Easton Public Market Morris Black Kitchen is to educate people and families how to cook sustainable and whole food meals, and show them the fun of cooking.