As part of DynCorp International’s corporate sponsorship of USO-Metro’s Operation Back to School program, dozens of DI team members volunteered their Saturday mornings to participate in activities to support local military children. USO-Metro’s Operation Back to School program provides backpacks complete with school supplies to thousands of school-aged children through special events at Fort Belvoir and Fort Meade.
Collecting School Supplies for Donations
As part of the first phase of Operation Back to School, DI sponsored the purchase of each calculator included in the backpacks as well as donated school supplies collected from drives held in DI offices in Falls Church, Va. and Alexandria, Va.
Stuffing Backpacks for Distribution
Several DI team members also volunteered their time to join other USO volunteers at the USO warehouse located on Fort Belvoir to fill backpacks with school supplies. Two large assembly lines worked together to add tags to the backpacks, stuff each with donated supplies and prepare for distribution at both Operation Back to School events.
On Saturday, August 3, DI team members spent their morning setting up stations with fun, educational stations for the local military children and their families to enjoy at the USO’s new Warrior and Family Center at Fort Belvoir.
Each participant received a “report card” which was stamped after completing each station. Once complete, they presented their report cards in exchange for a backpack with school supplies to get them ready for the upcoming school year.
Operation Back to School not only aims to excite children about preparing for the upcoming school year, but it also assists with the costs of school supplies, which can often put a financial strain on a family, especially when they have more than one child.
USO of Metropolitan Washington
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; through its Mobile USO program; at five USO Centers, four USO airport lounges and through Operation USO Care Package. For more information please visit www.usometro.org.