DynCorp International team members helped stuff nearly 3,000 backpacks with school supplies as part of USO of Metropolitan Washington-Baltimore’s (USO-Metro) Operation Back to School program. Volunteers gathered at the USO warehouse at Fort Belvoir to unpack school supplies, tag backpacks, form assembly lines and pack the backpacks for distribution at Operation Back to School events taking place at Fort Belvoir and Fort Meade. DI is also a proud corporate sponsor of the program for the third consecutive year.
“Volunteering in support of those that have given up so much is the least that I can do,” said Starlette Joyce, DynCorp International Human Resources generalist, principal. “Sharing laughter and fun with my colleagues, particularly true of the Operation Back to School event, is a great bonus! I am grateful to work for a company that espouses its core values.”
“Volunteering helps strengthen communities,” commented Karen Laury, DynCorp International Human Resources manager. “It’s a small way we can help others.”
USO-Metro’s Operation Back to School program is held annually to benefit local military children as they prepare for the upcoming school year. Operation Back to School is a fun one-day program held at Fort Belvoir, Va., and Fort Meade, Md., for military kids ages 5 -12 where they participate in activities that incorporate core subjects such as reading, math, science, history and art. Once they complete all educational activities, each child receives a backpack complete with new school supplies.
About USO of Metropolitan Washington-Baltimore
USO of Metropolitan Washington-Baltimore is the largest center chartered by USO. They have ten locations and a “deployable” Mobile USO that provides signature USO services to the nearly 300,000 military members and their families living in the region and the 150,000 who travel through local airports.
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 thousands of devoted volunteers, USO-Metro provides programs and services for active duty troops and their families at area military hospitals, six USO Centers, four USO airport lounges and the 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.