|The integrateIT company culture encourages and celebrates giving back to our community. As a company and as individuals, we give back to the communities in which we live, and we consider it both a responsibility and an honor to roll up our sleeves and help. Be it a monetary donation or a community project workday, integrateIT is dedicated to pitching in to make the world around us a better place.
In 2013, integrateIT formed a partnership with the Washington Literacy Center to support the WLC staff in repairing, updating and upgrading the center's IT systems. Over the past year, integrateIT employees have volunteered their time and experience to improve the use of technology in pursuit of the WLC's mission. In recognition of the team's accomplishments, integrateIT was recently named a Champion for Literacy award recipient.
Recent Charity Involvement
As integrateIT employees, we pride ourselves on being positive influences in our community. In addition to the company providing Corporate support to charities that we feel need our help, we also give the option to our employees to donate up to $1,000 per year of integrateIT's money to charities of their choice. Here are a few examples of recent contributions and why these charities are important to our staff:
Autism Speaks was founded in February 2005 and has become the nation's largest autism science and advocacy organization. It is dedicated to funding research into the causes, prevention, treatments and a cure for autism; increasing awareness of autism spectrum disorders; and advocating for the needs of individuals with autism and their families.
At 2.5 years old, my son Ben was diagnosed with Pervasive Developmental Disorder—Not Otherwise Specified (PDD-NOS). PDD-NOS is one of the diagnoses on the Autism Spectrum. PDD-NOS is characterized by delays in the development of socialization and communication skills. These may include delays in using and understanding language, difficulty relating to people, unusual play with toys and other objects, difficulty with changes in routine or surroundings and repetitive body movements or behavior patterns. Autism is the fastest-growing serious developmental disability in the United States. It now affects 1 in 88 children and 1 in 54 boys.
In 2011, my wife and I became involved with the Washington DC Walk Now for Autism Speaks event and started Team Ben. The past two years integrateIT has been very gracious with its charitable donations to Team Ben and participation in the Walk. We look forward to continuing this annual walk in DC with Autism Speaks and believe that through the help of so many amazing people that autism will one day be cured. The more the public is made aware of autism, the better the lives will be for those with autism and those connected to autism."
"I chose the Fisher Center for Alzheimer's Research Foundation to receive my entire donation because this is a disease that has seriously affected my family. After doing a lot of research online, the Fisher Center was the most reputable charity for Alzheimer's research that I could find with overhead of only 7.9% for the last 10 years."
"IntegrateIT is proud to make a donation to Food & Friends on behalf of John Lumb. Founded in 1988, Food & Friends began in the basement of Westminster Presbyterian Church with 20 volunteers enlisted to deliver 15 meals/day serving a total of 1800 ro 60 clients. They now have a state-of-the-art food preparation and distribution center located on Riggs Road in Northeast DC.
Their mission is simple: to foster a community caring for men, women, and children living with HIV/AIDS, cancer, and other life threatening diseases. The organization has served a countless number of meals to individuals in the region. John first volunteered for the organization when a loved one was helped first hand by the organization. The organization is very well organized, has regularly scheduled sessions to train volunteers, and has become a major force in providing meals and nutritional advice and service in the DC area."
I chose to contribute to two organizations that involve my life's passion: music.
The American Music Therapy Association's purpose is the progressive development of the therapeutic use of music in rehabilitation, special education, and community settings.
Farm Aid is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to keep family farmers on their land by raising awareness and money through music festivals.
The reasons that my wife and I chose Disabled American Veterans and St. Jude Children's Research Hospital to support are:
1. As a veteran I have witnessed first hand the sacrifices and struggles of some of the disabled veterans with whom I have served.
2. As a kindergarten teacher my wife works with children and has a special place in her hart for those who may struggle with life threatening diseases.
3. Both Charities have low overhead almost 100% of the contributions go to the cause for which it was intended.
Catholic Relief Services: a great organization that serves the need of the poor primarily in the developing world whether it's responding to a natural disaster or fighting poverty and preventing disease. I think a great plus is 94% of the money they collect goes directly to programs and not to administrative costs.
Capital Area Food Bank: another great organization that serves the Washington area. Their mission is to feed the hungry. In such an affluent region, it's amazing how many people struggle just to put food on the table. Any charity high on Springsteen's list is high on mine too.
Habitat for Humanity: what's more basic than having a safe, decent, affordable place to live? This organization builds houses in the US and all over the world. I like the aspect of the "sweat equity" where people who are having a house built for them have to work a certain amount of hours on their home and other homes also.
Humane Society of the US: Marriage made me a dog person. When your wife cares about something as deeply as this, it's bound to rub off on you.