TASC Community Relations
We believe in giving back to the communities in which we live and work. Our employees enthusiastically share their talents and passions to help enhance the quality of life in our cities, towns and neighborhoods. Our community relations program promotes active employee volunteerism and a longstanding commitment to our local schools and other organizations that improve the quality of life in our communities. Here is a rundown of our most recent community activities:
Raising Money for Capital Area Food Bank
TASC employees in Chantilly, Va., raised $1,000 from their first annual chili cook off on Jan. 28 to benefit the Capital Area Food Bank in Washington, D.C. Prizes were awarded for best chili, best chili name (Good Going Down) and best-decorated table/display. The Capital Area Food Bank distributes more than 37 million meals and provides 17 million pounds of fresh fruit and vegetables each year to people struggling with hunger in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. TASC President and CEO John Hynes is a member of the food bank’s board of directors.
Being an Involved Corporate Partner
TASC employees in Chantilly, Va., donated blood on Jan. 31 to support the American Red Cross blood drive. The American Red Cross is the largest single supplier of blood and blood products in the United States, providing more than 40 percent of the nation’s blood supply. TASC also donated 30 dictionaries and thesauruses in January to Seneca Ridge Middle School in Sterling, Va. TASC supports the school’s rocket club by providing resources and volunteers to help the club prepare for the Aerospace Industries Association’s Team America Rocketry Challenge each year. TASC is a corporate partner of both the school and the American Red Cross.
"Elfing" it up for USO Families
The USO Santa sleigh stopped by TASC again this year to pick up holiday gifts for military families. TASC employees donated gifts for 150 families, making TASC the largest sponsor of Project USO Elf in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area. TASC employees around the country also contributed to Toys for Tots and other gift drives, and prepared holiday cards and care packages for U.S. troops overseas.
Laying Wreaths for Fallen Soldiers
TASC volunteers helped lay wreaths on graves at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia through the Wreaths Across America project. TASC employees in Ft. Huachuca, Ariz., and Colorado Springs raised money to buy wreaths for the Veterans Cemetery in Sierra Vista, Ariz.
Supporting Food Banks and Homeless Shelters
Employees in San Diego, Chantilly, Va., and other TASC locations across the country collected and delivered donated food to area food banks and homeless shelters. For the sixth year, TASC volunteers in Fairmont, W.Va., sponsored three days of fundraising luncheons to benefit the Bartlett House Homeless Shelter in Morgantown, W.Va.
Walking With the Wounded
TASC employees, friends and families logged 2,698 miles of walking or running in support of the U.S. team of wounded warriors competing in a challenging expedition to the South Pole through the Walking with the Wounded project.
Hosting a Summer Picnic for Military Families
Summer interns working in TASC’s Washington, D.C., metropolitan area offices and their mentors hosted a cookout for the Ft. Belvoir, Va., community at the USO Warrior and Family Care Center. Festivities included face painting, corn hole and a pie-eating contest. More than 150 soldiers and their families participated in the event.
Partnering With Schools
TASC once again sponsored the Seneca Ridge Middle School (SRMS) Rocket Club, Sterling, Va., as it gets ready to compete in the Aerospace Industries Association’s Team America Rocketry Challenge (TARC). TASC volunteers help the students prepare for the competition, and TASC funds support the purchase of necessary supplies and equipment. TASC also sponsored an underwater robotics team at James Clemens High School in Madison, Ala., which will compete in a National Science Foundation- sponsored underwater robotics competition. TASC has collaborated with local schools nationwide for more than 15 years.
Building Homes for Heroes
TASC employees held fundraisers across the country to mark Memorial Day and honor our warfighters. They raised $11,000, matched dollar-for-dollar by the company, for a $22,000 donation to Building Homes for Heroes. The funds are supporting the renovation of the Texas home of Army Specialist Andrew Toppin and his family. Toppin, who received a Purple Heart and numerous other honors, was severely wounded while serving in Iraq. A fundraising picnic was held at TASC’s headquarters in Chantilly, Va., on May 15. Other fundraising events included a chili cook-off in San Antonio, a wear-jeans-to-work day in Andover, Mass., and an employee lunch in San Diego.