Last month, DynCorp International team members in McLean, Va., participated in a floor-by-floor competition where each selects an organization to support, decorates their break room in a theme related to that organization and collects donations for each respective cause. Each floor in the McLean office supported an organization of its choice to include Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund, Luke’s Wings, Marine Toys for Tots Foundation, Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS), USO Metropolitan Washington-Baltimore and Wounded Warrior Project. More than $5,200 in total was raised to directly benefit the chosen organizations.
The winning team supported Luke’s Wings, and decorated their break room as a VIP passenger lounge complete with snacks, collateral materials and even served a cake to those who contributed to donations. The team supporting the Marine Toys for Tots program decorated their break room with toys, youthful activities and hosted a snack hour. The team supporting Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund even hosted a barbecue lunch for those that placed a donation for their cause.
Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund
The Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund is a leader in supporting the men and women of the Armed Forces and their families. Founded in 2000 and established as an independent not-for-profit organization in 2003, the Fund has provided close to $150 million in support for the families of military personnel lost in service to our nation, and for severely wounded military personnel and veterans. These efforts are funded entirely with donations from the public, and hundreds of thousands of individuals have contributed to the Fund.
Luke’s Wings is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit dedicated to providing travel services for families of those wounded in the military that are hospitalized at medical and rehabilitation centers. By purchasing travel agency services and travel tickets for loved ones, Luke’s Wings provides an immediate and invaluable service to the families of our men and women at arms while also helping to encourage and motivate the service member’s recovery.
Marine Toys for Tots Foundation
The mission of the U. S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program is to collect new, unwrapped toys during October, November and December each year, and distribute those toys as Christmas gifts to less fortunate children in the community in which the campaign is conducted.
Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS)
The Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) is the national organization providing compassionate care for the families of America’s fallen military heroes and has offered support to more than 44,000 surviving family members of our fallen military and their caregivers since 1994. TAPS provides peer-based emotional support, grief and trauma resources, grief seminars and retreats for adults, Good Grief Camps for children, case work assistance, connections to community-based care, online and in-person support groups, and a 24/7 resource and information helpline for all who have been affected by a death in the Armed Forces. Services are provided free of charge.
USO Metropolitan Washington-Baltimore (USO-Metro)
USO-Metro is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization chartered by Congress, and dedicated to “serving those who serve, and their families” in Washington D.C., Maryland and Northern Virginia. It is through the generous financial support of individuals and organizations in the local community that USO-Metro is able to fulfill its mission. With the help of nearly 5,000 devoted volunteers, USO-Metro provides programs and services for active duty troops and their families at area military hospitals, five USO Centers, four USO airport lounges and a Mobile USO. Signature programs and services include holiday programs like Turkeys for Troops and Project USO Elf, emergency housing and food assistance, and caring for our wounded, ill and injured troops and their caregivers.
Wounded Warrior Project
The Wounded Warrior Project aims to honor and empower Wounded Warriors. Their purpose is to raise awareness and to enlist the public’s aid for the needs of injured service members; to help injured servicemen and women aid and assist each other; and to provide unique, direct programs and services to meet their needs.