AWE -- Alliance for Workplace Excellence
Supporting Workplaces that Benefit Employees, Communities and the Environment
2012 Q & A

QUESTION: Corporate Social Responsibility is now part of most organizations' DNA. Please describe your signature programs:


Akridge is proud to embrace the responsibility to do the right thing for its stakeholders and community. The most fundamental elements of the company's corporate culture are service and integrity. More than any real property Akridge owns or has developed; these qualities form the basis of the firm's reputation and are the most important assets of the company. In addition to serving as an innovative and respected leader in the city's commercial real estate industry for 37 years, Akridge has supported numerous civic and charitable organizations including the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, the Nature Conservancy of Maryland, and the National Alliance to End Homelessness – both through active participation of management and employees on boards and in events, and through direct financial contributions. Chairman Chip Akridge co-founded and chairs the Trust for the National Mall, the official non-profit partner of the National Park Service, with an objective to raise private funds to support the revitalization of the National Mall. Akridge is a primary sponsor of the Trust’s annual fundraising events. The company also supports more than 35 charitable organizations. To highlight a sample initiative, Akridge employees have hand-assembled more than 6,000 meals over the last eight years for the ASPAN homeless program – Akridge purchases, packages, and delivers these meals monthly. Last year, Akridge employees developed and supported a month-long series of initiatives, including an internal auction, to raise funds and awareness in the fight against breast cancer. Akridge teams participate annually in the Real Estate Games, a fundraiser for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, and several employees serve the Jubilee Housing Alliance, an organization Akridge contributes to annually.

American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

ASHA is committed to the environment and the local community. In 2008, we were recognized as the first nonprofit association in Maryland history to have the Gold LEED Certified green building designation. ASHA's community outreach team—ASHA Cares—spearheads a number of community service initiatives for ASHA employees, including school supply drives, adopting families to sponsor during the holiday season, and many others throughout the year.

AtSite Inc.

AtSite is committed to its mission of to reduce the cost and carbon in the built environment while creating a higher quality and better environment for people. While setting aggressive goals for its client portfolio, AtSite also believes in giving back. We have an AtSite Green Team that works with local non-profit organizations to create better and more sustainable offices by offering low cost/no cost opportunities.


BDO believes it is important to help make the world a better place. With a long history of exemplary service to clients, BDO strives to bring that same dedication to the communities in which we live and work. Through BDO Counts, the national umbrella for corporate volunteerism, partners and employees volunteer their time, talent and resources to positively impact local communities and the people who live within them, while building a firmwide culture of giving back that strengthens our business and inspires their team. In 2010, BDO challenged the firm to complete 100 Good Deeds under the BDO Counts program in celebration of the firm’s centennial. Not only did the firm exceed this goal, we have completed well over 200 good deeds in communities across the country since the initiative’s launch.

Booz Allen Hamilton

Our new “Booz Allen Cares” portal allows staff to post or register for volunteer opportunities across the nation, apply for firm volunteer service grants, donate to nonprofits or firm wide campaigns via payroll or credit card, track volunteer hours, report on philanthropic efforts, and more. An external companion site streamlines the process of nonprofit requests for support and allows nonprofits to post volunteer opportunities.

Chaney Enterprises

The very core materials of our industry—sand, gravel, cement, air, water—all come from the natural resources of our planet. From the selection of a potential mine site to concrete manufacturing, Chaney Enterprises follows strict, environmentally responsible processes. We mine in a process called 10-10-10, work thirty acres of land we mine; preparing 10 acres, surface mine 10 acres to retrieve our bankrun (the materials to make concrete), and reclaim 10 acres. This process can take up to 25 years or longer. When we reclaim our mine sites, we return the land to the way we found it, or better—the land could become an athletic field, and golf course, a recreational lake, a site for new homes and businesses, farmland or beautiful wetlands. Our sand and gravel wash operations requires water. The unique wash process constantly recycles and reuses water from retaining ponds. These ponds have never, for our company, impacted well systems. In fact, the company purchased a multi-million dollar mud press to more efficiently utilize the wash water process. Our concrete is made from natural resources. It stands the test of time—concrete is still intact as Roman aquaducts. Concrete protects the environment in many other ways, too. And, concrete can be recycled. Chaney Enterprises frequently engages its business and residential neighbors through community open houses with site tours, in hosting community information meetings, presentations for civic organizations and schools, and providing plant access to engineering and construction students in site tours and training.

Chevo Consulting Group

Giving back to the community is an important aspect of Chevo's corporate culture. Just in the past 12 months, Chevo has matched employees' monetary donations for its 'Jeans for Charity' program, which has included the following charities recommended by employees: Susan G. Komen for the Cure, the Make-a-Wish Foundation, Wounded Warrior, and most recently, the March of Dimes. Late last year, Chevo collected Toys for Tots, as well as food supplies for the Manna Food Center. Earlier last year, Chevo matched employees' monetary donations for disaster relief following the earthquake and tsunami in Japan, and the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation.

CollabraSpace, Inc.

A solid business plan, embedded into the business culture, reflecting organizational values and objectives through strategic CSR application, will help to build a sustainable and profitable future for all. CollabraSpace realizes that CSR is important to remain sustainable. As an organization, we will look for global strategies that have local relevance.

CoStar Group

While it is very popular for companies to talk about their commitments to corporate sustainability, CoStar puts its commitment into practice every day. CoStar’s commitment to sustainability goes back to its inception in 1987, but continues today with CoStar’s LEED® Gold headquarters in Washington, DC. This state-of-the-art, 10-story structure provides a remarkably efficient and functional workspace capable of accommodating CoStar’s growth for years to come. CoStar’s headquarters is one of the first LEED® Gold Core and Shell office buildings in D.C. and one of the few such buildings in the nation. The building boasts smart building technology, a green roof garden and charging stations for electric cars in the building garage. Windows on all four sides of the building provide an abundance of natural light within the open office environment. Daylight harvesting sensors allow lighting power needs to be reduced. Fluorescent and LED light fixtures are used exclusively and room occupancy sensors further reduces power use. Extensive water conservation measures in office pantries and restrooms reduce total water consumption in excess of 30%. In 2009, CoStar was elected by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to receive the 2009 Excellence in ENERGY STAR Promotion Award. Additionally, the headquarters building is located within walking distance of more than 16 community services and within one-quarter mile of three Metrorail stations. CoStar provides robust transit subsidies to encourage our employees to take advantage of Metrorail (with complimentary shuttle service between headquarters and Metro Center), commuter bus and MARC/VRE options, reducing automobile use. In 2011 alone CoStar spent more than $600,000 in commuter assistance. More than 85% of our approximately 700 District-based employees participate in this benefit program. CoStar provides on-site, complimentary use of Segways and bicycles to employees; additionally our field research fleet includes 82 environmentally friendly vehicles.

Dynaxys, LLC

Dynaxys has a Charity Committee comprised of employees from several departments that coordinates charitable events throughout the year. Past successful events have included a Holiday Angels program, annual food drive, annual coat drive and a bake sale to raise money for victims of the recent tsunami in Japan. Additionally, Dynaxys places a strong emphasis on sustainability and green initiatives. Employees are encouraged to participate in our extensive recycling program and are led by example as our management team donates used computer equipment to local schools, buys used office furniture and drive hybrid vehicles.

Federal Realty Investment Trust

Consideration of environmental and social issues is an ongoing, regular part of our thinking as we operate our business, whether it relates to administering our offices or to operating and redeveloping our real estate. Some of the examples include the following: • Establishment of the Green Box architecture and construction contract standards to promote environmentally and socially responsible design and construction practices for work performed. • Use of high-efficiency LED and fluorescent lighting around our centers, in our parking lots, and with seasonal décor. • Appropriate plant and landscaping selection using the USDA Hardiness Zone standards to ensure landscaping will need minimal water and chemical treatment. • Within our own offices, we promote environmentally conscious lifestyles for our employees through the use of video conferencing equipment and recycling programs. • Each year Federal Realty partners with charitable organizations in our community.

Foundation Financial Group

Foundation Financial Group has two programs. All department heads and sales executives are required to hold quarterly philanthropic events. They are charged with identifying the charitable causes, organizing them and writing a proposal to HR for approval. Project Sequoia is part of our corporate green initiative. Foundation Financial Group eliminated all Styrofoam cups and replaced them with recycled coffee mugs and recycled plastic cups. All paper used is recycled, all toners used are recycled, and Foundation Financial Group partners with suppliers that have green initiatives. Additionally Foundation Financial Group has introduced WEB Based meetings to reduce in person meetings which reduce carbon footprint emissions.

Holy Cross Hospital

Holy Cross Hospital has been a socially responsible citizen in our community. Our hospital obtained a perfect score in community benefit as per the evaluation of the State of Maryland's Health Services Cost Review Commission. We continue to be proud of our contributions and as we celebrate the 100,000 deliveries since the dawn of the new Millenium (Year 2000), we also honor the 18,000 uninsured participants in the Maternity Partnership Program who received their prenatal, obstetrical and gynecologic care at Holy Cross.

Honest Tea

CSR has been apart of our core values since the beginning; we participate in sustainability events, we do community service as an organization and we are constantly trying to find ways to make our products and bottles more sustainable.

Human Genome Sciences, Inc.

HGS has a grant review process in which requests for charitable sponsorship and donations are received, evaluated, and awarded. More important is the actions of our employees. HGS employees have organized “TEAM HGS” to raise money and support local area walks for the Lupus Foundation of America’s Walk for Lupus Now! and the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Light the Night Walk. TEAM HGS has been the top fund-raiser in the Walk for Lupus Now! for the past 4 years, raising $25,000 in 2011 and fielding a team of over 100 employees, family members, and pets. Team HGS raised nearly $15,000 for the Light the Night in 2011. HGS employees also coordinate more traditional collections such as Toys for Tots, Manna Food Drive, and Operation Gratitude. HGS has a Goodwill collection bin on-site and collects shoes for Soles for Souls. Several departments have chosen to participate in charitable events, such as building bikes for disadvantaged children or packing lunches for the homeless, as a team-building activity. Our leadership maintains a presence in the community by volunteering and taking on leadership roles on the boards of local schools, universities, and government task forces.

InTec, LLC

The President is the source of InTec’s corporate social responsibility. The President builds a socially responsible and caring corporate culture, where every InTec employee looks out for each other as a type of extended family. For every employee hired, InTec contributes $250 to the Fisher House charitable organization. For the past three years InTec has sponsored a team for the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life and encourage all of our employees to participate. This year (as a result of employee feedback in the annual survey) InTec is forming a team for the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure. For the past three years and this year, for every dollar raised by the employees, InTec matches and donates at the end of the event. During these events, lunch, snacks and refreshments are provided by InTec for the employees and their families participating. In 2010, InTec raised approximately $1500 for Relay for Life. This year, we will also participate in a Wounded Warrior Walk, where InTec will match employee donations. During the Christmas Holidays, InTec employees are encouraged to bring a toy to the holiday party to contribute to the U.S. Marine Corps Toys for Tots program and InTec delivered over 50 toys last year. Additionally, during the holiday season, InTec donates $5000 to choice charities. In 2012, based on employee suggestions, InTec contributed $1000 each to the United Service Organization (USO), National Multiple Sclerosis Society, American Cancer Society, Autism Speaks, and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. As a part of our recent employee survey, we are also looking to institute an employer matching program for other charities, as requested by our employees.

IntelliDyne, LLC

IntelliDyne employees have a unique benefit—everyone has the ability to take one day of paid time off every year to volunteer with a charity organization. Employees use this benefit to provide hours of community service that support organizations that matter most to them. From volunteer emergency responders, to fostering and rehabilitating homeless animals, to building homes for wounded soldiers, to hiking Mt. Kilimanjaro to raise awareness of child trafficking, our employees use this benefit to make a difference in their communities.

JBS International, Inc.

Our Employee Volunteers JBS takes pride in recognizing and supporting the volunteer work of its employees. In October 2011, we hosted our first Make a Difference Volunteer Fair. Employees showcased their efforts at raising awareness and funds for various organizations. The fair was held at our corporate headquarters, but offsite employees also participated through an online posting of their volunteer work. Staff volunteers and special events are showcased on the employee Intranet, posted on the JBS Facebook page, and featured on our corporate Web site. In addition, employees are encouraged to share their volunteer adventures through our brown-bag luncheon presentations. The recent emphasis on employee volunteer work began as part of our 25th anniversary celebration in October 2010. We initiated the Ripple Effect Project to celebrate employee contributions. JBS employees have shown over and over again that they are committed to making a difference—at work and often outside work. Each employee’s effort is like a pebble that has been thrown into a pond: A single splash generates many far-reaching ripples. Together, those little splashes create waves of change in our communities and around the world. For our 25th anniversary gala, we created a presentation that showcased how JBS employees make a difference in their communities and played it on a continuous loop for the entire evening. The JBS Green Team Since 2008, the JBS Green Team has led JBS's efforts to develop programs and policies to make the company more efficient and environmentally responsible. Our Green Mission Statement is showcased in the Corporate Culture section of our Web site ( Most recently, the Green Team successfully applied for JBS to become a member of the Maryland Green Registry for organizations working toward a sustainable Maryland ( The JBS Green Team monitors the continued commitment to programs it has initiated, including the office composting program in our headquarters building, use of reusable mugs and silverware, and discontinued use of paper cups and plastic utensils. Its work has led to several magazine articles about how JBS incorporates green policies into meeting/conference management work, selects facilities based on environmental awareness practices, and promotes use of electronic instead of paper-based meeting materials. The team continues to promote office recycling and composting, membership discounts to Amicus Green Building Center, and use of Sun Cabs, a company with a large hybrid vehicle fleet. Awareness is an important part of our Green Mission. Each month, we post an environmental tip from the JBS Green Team on the JBS Facebook page (!/JBSInternational). Our Corporate Philanthropy Many of our corporate philanthropy drives are employee-led and corporate-supported initiatives. These drives support local nonprofits in many ways throughout the year. In August, we collect school supplies for Broad Acres Elementary School in Silver Spring. In October, we donate to UNICEF, and in November, we collect and deliver food to S.O.M.E. (So Others May Eat) in the District of Columbia. In January, we collect blankets, coats, shoes, gloves, and scarves for the DC Hypothermia Van managed by the Community Partnership for the Prevention of Homelessness. JBS’s Aguirre Division in Burlingame, California, also participates in year-round giving activities, donating to nonprofits that include the Salvation Army, the Samaritan House (San Mateo, California), and Community Overcoming Relationship Abuse (CORA), a nonprofit organization assisting adult and child victims of domestic violence. In addition to these events, we participate in two long-standing activities that provide something extra for recipients. As part of our December holiday celebrations, we collect age-appropriate toys to donate to New Endeavors by Women (NEW), a transitional residential program for homeless women and their children in the District of Columbia; JBS also donates wrapping paper, ribbons, and tape. NEW stages a “shopping center” with the donations, so the women can personally select and wrap the gifts for their children. We appreciate being part of an effort that respects recipients’ dignity by allowing them to select and give gifts to their children. To continue the spirit of giving past the traditional giving season, each Valentine’s Day we prepare 100 gift bags for women at N Street Village, which serves women with housing and shelter needs. The gift bags include special toiletries and other personal items, so the recipients know that someone cares about them on a holiday that’s all about showing love. Staff donate items they have purchased rather than gathered for free from hotel rooms. We believe this is more respectful and sends a powerful message about being valued as a person. Our corporate financial donations include the American Heart Association, NEW, Society for International Development, N Street Village, US Global Leadership Campaign, Vital Voices, Northern Virginia Community Foundation, Montgomery County Chamber Community Foundation, and Fannie Mae Help the Homeless Program. JBS’s co-CEOs serve on local and national boards. Jerri Shaw's volunteer work focuses on national and international programs that seek to improve the health and well-being of people. She has helped establish and continues to work with organizations that seek to stabilize population growth while strengthening the role of women, including serving on the boards of The Population Institute and the Population Media Center. Since 1998, Jerri has been a speaker for Compassion and Choices, an organization dedicated to promoting quality of life at the end of life. She is also on the steering committee for NEW. In 1999, Gail Bassin and her family turned a family tragedy into a philanthropic cause by founding The Heart’s Delight, an annual event that has raised more than $10 million for the American Heart Association. More than 20 years ago, Gail and her family established the California Futures Barrel Tasting, an annual event that raises funds to support cancer research for the George Washington University Medical School. More recently, Gail was named to the advisory board for the National Museum of Women in the Arts.


KPMG's signature strategy is workforce readiness. KPMG is passionate about corporate citizenship, and dedicated to supporting the communities in which we live and work. The firm established KPMG's Family for Literacy in 2007 to support and expand upon its philanthropic focus on youth and education.

LifeWork Strategies

As part of Adventist HealthCare, LifeWork Strategies has an opportunity to participate in an employee giving campaign. In addition, we support local organziations by making peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for emergency shelters, collecting clothes and toys for philanthropic groups, and buying backpacks for children.

Loiederman Soltesz Associates, Inc.

Loiederman Soltesz Associates, Inc. is very philanthropic, continuously donating to many non-profit organizations. LSA has a “Homeless Fund” to which employees can donate via payroll deduction, and all dollars are matched by LSA. We also have a Matching Contribution Program where LSA will match donations of an employee’s choice up to $100. Additionally, we communicate to employees about local area volunteer opportunities and encourage participation.

Marriott International

Marriott International is very proud to belong to thousands of communities around the world. And because we believe that strong neighborhoods, towns, and cities are vital to the well-being of our society and economy, we feel we have a special responsibility and role to play in helping our communities thrive. We want every Marriott community to be a better place to live and work because we are there. Marriott International’s signature issues for social responsibility under the "Spirit to Serve Our Communities" brand are: S - Shelter and Food …addressing housing and hunger needs, including in times of disaster E – Environment …working toward a greener, healthier planet R – Readiness for Hotel Careers …educating and training the next generation V - Vitality of Children …aiding sick and impoverished children E – Embracing Global Diversity & Inclusion …providing opportunities, especially through the workplace

Marstel-Day, LLC

Corporate Social Responsibility is imbued within the Marstel-Day business model. Beginning with our mission of "executing projects that enhance the environment and permanently conserve natural resources and wildlife habitat", through taking steps to reduce our carbon footprint and green our internal business practices, we demonstrate our commitment to Corporate Social Responsibility every day. Among our signature programs are: - Participation in the Federal Supplier Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reduction Pilot - a three year effort for participating small businesses to reduce their carbon footprint and share the learnings with the GSA. - Creation of a Climate Change Adaptation Plan - a collaborative effort by employees to identify and prepare for those types of climate change most likely to impact our office sites. - Establishing a Green Vision Council - a rotating cadre of employees who identify and execute projects that help to green our workplace and mitigate the impacts of climate change. - Locating our two largest offices in federal HUBZones - bringing employment opportunities to areas of historically low income and high unemployment. - Working with the local Chamber of Commerce to help establish and chair the “Green Business Initiatives Advisory Commission” which helps businesses find ways to conserve resources and strengthen their bottom line. - Rolling out the inaugural Marstel-Day Green Initiatives Award, which is presented to a local company for its sustainable business practices. More information Marstel-Day's commitment to Corporate Social Responsibility can be found in our Corporate Social Responsibility Report, accessible at:

Mental Health Association of Montgomery County

Over the past year, MHA has started a new outreach program in response to a growing need within the community for better coordination of services for the military community: Serving Together: Troops, Veterans and Family Care Project. The goal of this project is to rally the community to provide accessible, useful and well-coordinated services to troops, veterans and their families. The Program Components: • Building Awareness Among Community Providers of the Unique Needs of Troops, Veterans and Their Families • Assessment, Coordination and Alignment of Services • Specialized Training of Mental Health Providers in Appropriate Interventions • Education of Military Family Members About Early Signs of Mental Health Challenges • Launch and Maintain Interactive Web-based Resources • Peer-to-Peer Support through Peer Navigators Project Funding Partners: • Robert Wood Johnson Foundation • The Clark Charitable Foundation, Inc. • The Community Foundation for Montgomery County • The Community Foundation for the National • Capital Region • Consumer Health Foundation • Healthcare Initiative Foundation • The HSC Foundation • Montgomery County • The Mead Family • Sanford and Doris Slavin Foundation This project will serve active-duty service members, those with the National Guard and Reserve, the estimated 500 wounded warriors receiving care at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center (WRNMMC), and their families. Additionally, service members transitioning out of the military and reintegrating back into civilian life and veterans already separated from the military that are living in this community will also be served by this initiative. The project is launching in Montgomery County where there is an estimated 50,000 veterans, 4,000 of whom serve or have served in the OIF/OEF conflicts, over 50% of whom are drawn from the National Guard and Reserves. The creation of a new model of care will coordinate and strengthen community-based resources for troops, veterans and their families and improve access to a range of health, mental health and other support services. On My Mental Health Day: In 2011, MHA implemented a new outreach/education campaign, “My Mental Health Day”. This campaign was designed to engage community members in thinking about their mental health and finding time to nurture their mental well-being. Whether it is for the whole day, an hour or even just a moment, supporting your mental health is time well spent. Funds raised through the campaign supported MHA and made possible the continuation of the organization’s valuable services. In this, the inaugural year of the campaign, My Mental Health Day took place on May 28th, the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend. Participation did not interfere with the standard work week and required no attendance at a group event. The ‘event’ was in taking the time for oneself. The message was to all members of the community to find activities that support their mental well-being and to take the time to engage in those activities. A website, Facebook page and twitter feed were all established to give information to the community about mental health and the importance of their mental well-being. Those who opted to participate in a more formal way (company/organization sponsorship, ‘ticket purchases’, etc.) also received emails and materials with tips about maintaining mental health and ideas for activities for My Mental Health Day. The campaign was successful in engaging two underwriters, over 35 corporate sponsors, several restaurants and retailers, hundreds of individuals/families and thousands of post views. Based on this success, MHA is planning to make this an annual campaign. MHA makes a concerted effort to involve itself, the Board and staff members in community outreach. The Community Outreach & Association Development group spearheads many of the organization's outreach activities and works with the CEO, members of the Board of Directors and agency staff to identify opportunities for taking action. MHA was a founding member of the Montgomery County Mental Health Crisis Response Team and the Alliance for Workplace Excellence. MHR is also actively involved in the Safety Net Coalition which advocates for programs that support our community’s most vulnerable residents and also plays a leadership role in Nonprofit Montgomery which advocate for a strong nonprofit business sector. MHA also provides CEU events for area mental health professionals, seminars for the business community and workforce wellness updates for our business partners and friends of the agency. Perhaps our most effective resource is the employees themselves as they go out and about and leverage their skill and talent on behalf of the agency. Staff members at all levels represent the agency at health fairs and community events. MHA programs such as the 24-hour supportive listening hotline, the on-line chat for teens, the Pets on Wheels senior adult program and the Bridges to Pals mentoring program engage the talents of hundreds of volunteers and empower them to serve an ever expanding and diverse community. Specific community projects and causes include but are not limited to the Montgomery County Thrift Store, the Mental Health First Aid initiative (which teaches private citizens to give effective “first aid” to colleagues, friends or family members who are experiencing a mental health challenge), the Hintz Scholarship program, Operation Santa Claus, Ellen's Run, the Maryland Suicide Prevention Conference, Read Across America and Paws for a Cause. Financial Contributions Nonprofit organizations are more often the recipients of philanthropic contributions rather than the providers of this kind of support. However, MHA believes that every community organization has a responsibility to support philanthropic causes. Last year MHA and our employees donated to the Montgomery County Coalition for the Homeless, the Fisher House Foundation, the Jewish Council for the Aging and the Alzheimer’s Association and Stella Maris Hospice. The agency also belongs to the Montgomery County Collaboration Council, Mental Health America, Mental Health Association of Maryland, Nonprofit Montgomery and Committee for Montgomery County. MHA provides no-cost publications (often translated into several different languages) to our business and community partners on a variety of mental health related topics. As a United Way agency we know that we are able to grow our funding to make a measurable difference in the lives of others. Our own holiday giving programs engage our staff members, serve the needs of our clients and receive wide community, Board member and employee support. MHA emphasizes the importance of donating time and personal effort to other organizations. Our employees speak at community events and participate in a variety of networking activities. We also encourage our staff members to take action and pursue their own personal outreach activities and the agency provides appropriate time-off to do so. Community Outreach/Volunteer Activities MHA emphasizes the importance of donating time and personal effort to other organizations. Our staff members speak at community events serve on taskforces and commissions or participate in a variety of networking activities. As an agency we continually strive to identify new opportunities for involvement as demonstrated by new programming to support veterans and their families, acculturation programs for Montgomery County's growing Latino population and programs such as Voices VS Violence that reach out to our community’s youth. At MHA we recognize the importance of partnerships in accomplishing our goals and we stress participation and empowerment in all our activities. Our partnerships are as varied as our programs and include AmeriCorps, Montgomery County Public Schools, and the Montgomery County Collaboration Council for Children Youth & Families, the Montgomery County Department of Health & Human Services, the Community Foundation for Montgomery County, the Silver Spring/Wheaton Youth Collaborative and Montgomery College. Business sponsors, including the Ronald D. Paul Companies and Discovery Communications, not only provide important connections to the business community but their ongoing support allows us to develop programs that have a positive impact on the community we serve. We know we have been successful in our efforts when community leaders and our own staff recognize the nature and extent of our commitment. Last spring MHA’s CEO, Sharon Friedman, received a “May is Mental Health Month Proclamation” from the President of the County Council, Valerie Ervin. The Jewish Women International Community Leadership Award was just bestowed on Esther Newman, MHA’s Board of Directors. We were thrilled to be awarded the Bush Family Literacy Grant for our Families Foremost Center, which offers a comprehensive family support center serving low income culturally diverse families including an increasing number of homeless and transient families with children birth to 4. This grant has allowed us to add a remedial class for low literacy level parents who would otherwise go un-served. Civic Responsibility Each year MHA determines its legislative and advocacy priorities which are presented to a wide variety of government officials and constituents. The Government Affairs Committee of the Board of Directors tracks legislation pertinent to these priorities and other important mental health related issues throughout the year. During Maryland's legislative session, the Committee develops and disseminates legislative alerts on these issues to a legislative network of interested legislators, policy makers, advocates, professionals, consumers and the general public. In addition, Mental Health Association coordinates advocacy efforts such as letter writing campaigns and rallies to support its legislative priorities. MHA also distributes a list of current elected officials to all staff during New Employee Orientation, reminds employees about registering to vote and updates staff members as election results are received. The agency grants up to two hours of paid time-off for regular employees who are registered voters so that they will have an opportunity to vote if they could otherwise not do so. As MHA moves forward into its 57th year of service to the community it is clear that the work of the agency holds even more meaning and importance as the subject of emotional well-being remains in the public view. Environmental Sustainability MHA uses recycled paper products and recycles most of these products through a shredding service. In addition, bottles, cans, newspapers and cardboard items are collected and recycled and employees are informed about local programs that support the environment. Waste minimalization is strengthened through the use of discarded paper for note taking and donations of books to the public library. We also switched some of our open enrollment to electronic forms, so that we didn’t have the additional paper circulating. Facility lights are turned off at the end of the work day and heating/cooling is also minimized during non-work hours. We continue to maintain our membership with Clean Currents. In addition, the organization has purchased copy machines that use state of the art technology to improve efficiency, reduce waste and improve document retention options. The organization has transitioned from printed newsletters to electronic publications which allows us to provide valuable information to our constituents more frequently while supporting MHA's “green” efforts AND saving valuable budget dollars! The agency's flexible work week options and telecommuting programs help to reduce commuting time or eliminate the need to drive to work. Because MHA employees are embedded in the community and work at 13 different locations there are challenges inherent in carpooling.

The MITRE Corporation

As a company that operates research centers for the federal government, we are limited in our ability to make donations to charitable causes. Nevertheless, each employee can apply for "civic time," up to 40 hours of paid leave, to participate in worthy causes in their communities. In 2011, 888 employees used 16,385 hours for community service, in areas such as STEM, supporting our troops, the American Cancer Society, and the Humane Society. In addition, the company sponsors a "Season of Giving" campaign focused on charitable giving, service projects, and volunteering.

Montgomery College

As a non-profit, Montgomery College meets many of the needs of the community through fund raising for student scholarships. The Montgomery College Foundation awarded $1.25 million in scholarship aid to approximately 900 students during FY11. In addition, philanthropic efforts helped to establish the Innovation Funds designed to support new and creative initiatives of faculty, staff, students, and administrators that enhance education. In addition, Montgomery College was one of five area community colleges that received a $200,000 grant to provide scholarships to health science students. The College is using the grants to award approximately 250 scholarships, ranging from $500 to $1,200 to credit and noncredit health science students with financial need. Funds have also been raised by the Foundation that will support our engineering and computer science students and military veterans. Moreover, the College secured close to $8 million in grant funding in FY11, which impacts multiple disciplines and areas of studies. The College fosters an environment where students are encouraged to seek scholarship and internship opportunities through our partnerships with other institutions of higher learning, local government, and esteemed institutions such as the Library of Congress, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, and the Smithsonian Institute. Further, Montgomery College is instrumental in facilitating college success for combat veterans. The College has an established Combat2College (C2C) program with a primary focus on assisting our veterans to explore and identify how military training and combat experience can be a source of personal strength and psychological resilience that can be channeled toward a successful college experience. We also have a dedicated Office of Volunteerism and Service Learning that enriches our student volunteer service experiences both inside and outside the classroom.

Sapient Government Services

Our people are actively and passionately involved in numerous causes. It's that spirit that makes us good at what we do, and perhaps even more importantly, good at whom we are. We have strategic partnerships with No Greater Sacrifice and The Children's Inn at NIH that include leadership, hands-on volunteering and pro bono services. We also support the USO, Capital Area Food Bank, Special Olympics, Kelly Cares and many other worthy organizations that have a direct impact on the community.


Smartronix seeks community projects at the various offices and client sites we support. We use ‘Maslow’s hierarchy of needs’ as our baseline in selecting efforts and attempt to focus on the broadest bases within our local communities. Our primary areas of support include health, education, and housing which are some of the most basic needs in life. Smartronix also seeks ways to support veterans, especially wounded warriors. Smartronix has been a top contributor to the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) telethon campaign the past two years by conducting an employee match program to ‘bail out’ the Smartronix CEO who was ‘arrested’ to raise money for the MDA. In lieu of a company logo-item gift for attendees, Smartronix made a donation to the Fisher House (for families of wounded veterans) on behalf of every RSVP received to an open house for our new headquarters location. Smartronix contributed to the purchase of a ‘hunt master’, an accessible device which allows disabled veterans to continue to hunt at the Quantico, Virginia hunting reserve. Seeing the hunt master in use and the smiles on the faces of the wounded warrior hunters, was especially meaningful as we often do not see the end-user of our social responsibility efforts. Smartronix has supported Habitat for Humanity for several years and also Homes for Troops which supports the building of accessible homes for severely injured veterans. This year, we were able not only to support a typical Habitat for Humanity build, we were able to support a Habitat for Humanity build that was for a severely disabled wounded warrior in one of our local communities. Smartronix is always pleased to match employee efforts when they raise money by way of walks and runs for medical research. Often times, the employees are sponsoring a family member and they have a personal story to share about their efforts. In terms of education, Smartronix regularly sponsors programs at local educational institutions and helps fund learning in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) discipline areas. Smartronix is also a long-time supporter of an outdoor summer classical concert series that is free to the community to attend with their families and learn about music while enjoying an evening together under the open sky.

Social & Scientific Systems, Inc.

Social & Scientific Systems, Inc. (SSS), an employee-owned company, has supported public and private sector programs since 1978. Our mission is to improve public health worldwide by providing technical, research, and program management services. One of our core values is (and has been since our company was founded) “giving back to the community.” We have a community service program that is led and organized by an all-volunteer committee that meets monthly to set strategies and goals, organize community service projects, and screen requests from individuals needing assistance. Several subcommittees continually work to enhance our charitable efforts, encourage other employees to volunteer, and celebrate those who do. Our volunteer program has thrived over the years because our employee-owners are dedicated and committed to these efforts. More than 100 employees are involved in volunteer work, contributing over 3,500 hours. Our community service and annual giving center around four themes: health, place, inclusiveness, and family. In addition to focusing on health issues, we emphasize giving back to the places where we live and work and are actively involved with organizations in those communities. We are inclusive, and intentionally reach groups who do not usually participate in the general prosperity of the region. We also serve our own family. Our volunteer work has made a positive impact on our community. In 2011, we supported programs aimed at advancing research for specific diseases with staff participating in walks, runs, and bike rides, for AIDS, leukemia and lymphoma, multiple sclerosis, and different types of cancer. We sponsor several blood drives a year for the Red Cross. We have an Adopt A Road project and work with Greater DC Cares on projects in Montgomery County. We donated more than 100 backpacks filled with school supplies for Hearts & Homes for Youth and Family Services, Inc. We collected and distributed food, gifts, and gift certificates to more than 150 families for Thanksgiving and the December holidays. Our blanketmakers knit or crochet security blankets for children who are seriously ill, traumatized, or otherwise in need; we donated about 400 blankets throughout the year worldwide, including several Montgomery County nonprofit organizations. As part of the larger 9/11 National Day of Service, we worked to improve the physical environment at a local middle school. In her thank-you note, Katy Byrd of HandsOn Greater DC Cares praised SSS for helping to make this year’s event the largest 9/11 event ever by joining 11,000 fellow volunteers that made meaningful impacts on nonprofits, schools, and community-based organizations in the region. SSS has received numerous distinctions for our volunteer work, including the CVC-MC Business Award 3 times, most recently in 2010. In the fall, SSS was presented with a Hearts & Homes for Youth “Heroes Award” at the organization’s annual banquet in recognition for our many years of service to disadvantaged youth in Montgomery County. The award cited our “true devotion to the children of Hearts & Homes for Youth.”

Ryan, LLC

A key element in Ryan’s corporate Mission Statement is “To improve the quality of life of others through giving and actively participating in community outreach efforts.” Ryan owners and employees are incredibly generous with their time and money, and offices throughout the U.S, Canada, the U.K., and Netherlands consistently give back to their communities. A vibrant community outreach initiative exists and is supported aggressively, a policy exists that encourages employees to give time to charitable causes, and rarely a week goes by without an event being sponsored by Ryan somewhere in the world. In 2011, Ryan employees in the U.S. donated approximately $105,000 to various local and international charities. A total of 84 causes benefited from our community activities and programs including The United Way, The American Red Cross, Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, Ronald McDonald House, Habitat for Humanity, Autism Speaks, Aids ARMS Walk, Salvation Army Angel Tree, numerous food banks, American Cancer Society, American Heart Association, various military organizations, etc. In addition to sponsoring numerous office-based community outreach initiatives, Ryan formed The Ryan Foundation, a 501(c) (3), in 2011, with a mission to support organizations and causes that are focused on education, health, and poverty/distress. Board members are all Ryan volunteer Ryan employees. Four beneficiaries with national footprint were named, including Susan G. Komen, St. Jude Children’s Research Center, the American Heart Association, and Habitat for Humanity. In 2011, the Ryan Foundation raised over $443,000 for multiple charities including the four key beneficiaries. Caught up in the day-to-day routines of work and play, we can sometimes lose sight of the fact that not everyone has the same advantages, or the same level of security and prosperity we enjoy. At Ryan, giving back to the community is an important part of our workplace culture. It encourages and strengthens teamwork, develops leadership abilities, and can create some incredible feelings of pride and belonging in everyone involved.

United Educators

As a member-owned organization, we are careful stewards of our members’ money. Therefore, we seldom support large causes and charities. However, for the past two years, we have supported Don Bosco Cristo Rey High School, since their mission of education is highly related to that of UE. Don Bosco offers a private high school education to students from low-income families. In exchange for paying a student’s tuition for one year, UE is provided with a student intern each day of the week.

Verizon Wireless

Verizon is committed to solving critical social issues in the areas of education, health care and sustainability to care for our communities and to share our success. We believe that what's good for business can be extraordinary when shared with everyone. That’s why we’re focused on leveraging what we do best to make a positive impact on the world and to empower people to live healthy, safe and independent lives. Domestic violence is a pervasive problem now recognized as one of the leading public health issues of our time, affecting nearly 1 in 4 women, 1 in 9 men and more than 3 million children. As a company, Verizon Wireless has made the prevention of domestic violence and all forms of abuse the main focus of its corporate social responsibility platform. HopeLine is the company's signature program and includes a national phone recycling program which collects no-longer-used wireless handsets − all models, from all wireless carriers − and accessories to be refurbished, recycled and/or sold. Proceeds benefit victims of domestic violence through grants and the donation of wireless phones and service. Since 2001, Verizon Wireless has collected more than nine million no-longer-used wireless phones for recycling, awarded more than $14.2 million in cash grants to local non-profit organizations, and kept more than 200 tons of electronics waste and batteries out of landfills. In addition, proceeds from HopeLine have funded a variety of innovative programs. For example, HopeLine recently awarded grants to provide for: the printing of training documents that assist employers in recognizing and addressing the threat of domestic violence in the workplace; video technology that allows domestic violence's youngest victims, children, to participate in legal proceedings from a safe environment; and startup funding for entrepreneurial survivors of domestic violence attempting to establish small businesses and economic stability. Many businesses, schools and civic organizations have chosen to participate in HopeLine by organizing their own wireless phone recycling drives. For more information and to order free supplies, please visit:

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