DynCorp International team members with Heliworks LLC, a wholly-owned DI subsidiary, gave back to the local community in Pensacola, Fla., during the 2013 holiday season.
Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors
DI team members first reached out to the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS), an organization that helps families of fallen military and contractor personnel. Coordinating with TAPS, DI team members made monetary, gift and winter supply donations to local families in Florida during the holidays. DI team members also volunteered to deliver the donations to each family and helped each with much needed minor home repairs.
“Working with TAPS was valuable to our staff as we were able to help local families in our community through an organization that has also helped families of DI team members,” said Therese Dotson, Heliworks, LLC, senior human resources generalist.
TAPS provides immediate and long-term emotional help, hope and healing to all who are grieving the death of a loved one in military service to America. TAPS meets its mission by providing peer-based emotional support, grief and trauma resources, casework assistance, and connections to community-based care.
Gulf Coast Kid’s House
“We had such an overwhelming response of kindness from our employees that we were able to make a donation to Gulf Coast Kid’s House as well, also local in Pensacola,” said Dotson.
Team members provided 11 boxes full of gently-used toys and children’s clothing to the private, not-for-profit which provides services to victims of child abuse in Escambia County. Donations directly benefitted Gulf Coast Kid’s House’s “Jane’s Resource Closet,” their resource room for child clients and their families.
Gulf Coast Kid’s House, located at the Marilyn Kapner Levin Center for Children’s Advocacy and Child Abuse Prevention is a children’s advocacy center serving Escambia County, Fla. As a children’s advocacy center, they combine all of the professionals and resources needed for the intervention, investigation and prosecution of child abuse cases under one child-friendly facility. Child victims and their families are also eligible to receive mental health counseling at their center. The goal of Gulf Coast Kid’s House is to form a more collaborative response to child abuse cases to improve case outcomes and minimize trauma to the children and families served.