We thank tech companies for lots of amazing innovation. But charities are also thanking them for everything from checks and food to volunteer hours and advice. We’re taking a break from the tension of sequestration and the struggle of bootstrapping to share some of tech’s good deeds.
1. Fisher House
DMI employees dedicate time and money to Fisher House, which provides housing to military families while a loved one is hospitalized. The federal contractor provides lunch monthly, which employees then serve, and it donates supplies like bottled water and toilet paper. The company is within a stone’s throw of a Fisher House in Bethesda, but proximity isn’t the primary motivator for DMI employees. CEO Sunny Bajaj tells us employees are uplifted after spending time with families. DMI also gives monthly awards to employees who work with charities and a $1,000 contribution to that organization.
A job at CCSi means not only fulfilling federal IT needs but also spending lots of time on charitable projects. Here CCSi CEO Manju Bewtra (green) and her husband and president Naren Bewtra help Manna Food Center, which prepares and delivers food to people with life-threatening illnesses. The company chooses a charity to help monthly, so Manna is one of many benefiting from CCSi’s financial and volunteer contributions. The company is in the middle of a campaign to raise $5,000 for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Light The Night Walk.
PacStar generates a chunk of its revenue from DOD contracts, but it also helps soldiers through GallantFew. The organization, founded by Karl Monger and Michael Schlitz, reduces homelessness, unemployment, and suicide among Army Ranger vets. The Portland, Ore.-based communications company, led by CEO Bob Dunn, contributes time and money and trains its inside sales team to talk to the company’s partners about the organization. PacStar employees have also advised vets on their job search.
4. Johns Hopkins Research
October is a great time to play golf. Especially if you’re raising money for Johns Hopkins research, a mission immixGroup has taken on annually for the past seven years. The firm, which helps companies do business with the government, has contributed over $750k to Johns Hopkins for cancer research and treatment. The company’s next tournament is Oct. 2 at Landsdowne and it will raise funds for an immixGroup Foundation Surgical Oncology Fellowship in the Department of Surgery at Johns Hopkins.
5. American Legion &
6. Dress For Success
If you’re nice, you’ll give the shirt off your back to this IntelliDyne employee. The Falls Church, Va.-based government IT consulting firm is collecting gently used professional clothing through Oct. 19 and donating them to job-hunting veterans and disadvantaged women through the American Legion and Dress for Success. To schedule a pickup, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.