This month, employees from DynCorp International’s (DI) McLean, Virginia and Fort Worth, Texas offices collected dresses, shoes and accessories to donate to the USO of Metropolitan Washington-Baltimore (USO-Metro). USO-Metro is a nonprofit organization chartered by Congress, and dedicated to “serving those who serve, and their families” in Washington D.C., Maryland and Northern Virginia. With the help of thousands of devoted volunteers, USO-Metro provides programs and services for active duty troops and their families at area military hospitals, USO Centers, USO airport lounges and a Mobile USO.
Most branches of service have at least one anniversary ball or recognition “gala” each year. These special events can be intimidating and uncomfortable considering the etiquette and protocol associated with attending these functions. USO-Metro puts on a full day event, called Project Cinderella, which empowers women with interactive workshops on beauty and etiquette. It culminates with the women choosing from a selection of donated items, both a formal gown and accessories. This program is designed to help offset the costs of expensive military balls and other formal functions.
In total, DI collected 37 dresses, 11 pairs of shoes, 4 purses and 27 articles of jewelry.