May Employee Spotlight
Charity: Rotary International
Recently I traveled to Ethiopia with Rotary to participate in National Immunization Days with Rotarians from the United States and Canada, as well as Ethiopian Rotarians. While I was there I helped immunize children in various parts of the country against polio. I was able to administer polio vaccine at health clinics, a school and individual residences by going door to door to identify children under 5. Polio is still endemic in certain parts of the world and Ethiopia at the time still had some cases. I have attached a picture of me administering polio vaccine.
Being able to travel to Ethiopia was a wonderful experience. It was a privilege to be able to make this trip and know that I was making difference in these children’s lives, ensuring that they will never be paralyzed by polio.
2018 Annual Charity
Habitat for Humanity of Northern Virginia
Habitat for Humanity of Northern Virginia rallies our community together to help families build strength, stability, and self-reliance to create better lives for themselves and their children.
On April 6, 2018, Habitat NOVA proudly broke ground on two new homes, their 99th and 100th — marking a significant milestone since its beginning in 1990. VSA will have the privilege of being a Build Team in a special collaboration between Habitat NOVA and a U.S. Air Force veteran of the Vietnam War. Mr. Benton, an Air Force veteran, suffered a devastating home fire that left him without the resources to make repairs. Mr. Benton reached out to Habitat NOVA with an offer – he would donate part of his land to build a home for a family in need, if in turn they could provide him a similar lifeline.
We are honored to be part of the team that helps Mr. Benton rebuild his life as well as his home.
Objective: VSC employees have set the fundraising goal at $5,000 and are eager to participate in a service day in the Fall 2018.
Online Donations: Please consider making a donation that will be credited to the VSC fundraising challenge. To make a contribution online, please check on behalf of Tributee Name “VSC” at https://www.habitatnova.org/donate/. We thank you for your generosity and support!
Near & Dears
N Street Village, A community of empowerment and recovery for women
N Street Village is a community of empowerment and recovery for women in Washington, DC. N Street helps homeless and low-income women achieve stability and make meaningful gains in their housing, income, employment, mental health, physical health, and addiction recovery. Stu and Pat Van Scoyoc have supported the Village for many years, making charitable donations and serving on the Honorary Board. Stu’s dedication to the Village is shared throughout the firm, with VSA staff volunteering and serving meals weekly at Bethany’s Day Center.
(Photo: Allie Dodd at the N Street Village, Bethany's Day Center -- Weekly Breakfast -- May 2018)
McShin Foundation, A recovery resource foundation
To make a difference at the local level, Carol McDaid co-founded the McShin Foundation in Richmond, Virginia with her husband, John Shinholser in 2004. The McShin Foundation is Virginia’s leading non-profit, full-service Recovery Community Organization (RCO), committed to serving individuals and families in their fight against Substance Use Disorders (SUDs). While providing the tools for recovering individuals to create positive lifestyles, McShin aims to spread the word of recovery and educate families, communities, and government regarding SUDs as well as reduce the stigma attached to them.
(Photo: Board Members John Finn and Virginia Hall, John Shinholser, President & Co-Founder,
and Unidentified Guest)
Jefferson Middle School Academy
When VSA moved to The Wharf, our goal was to get involved with the community. We needed to look no further then across the street at Jefferson Middle School Academy. Since August 2017, VSA has participated in volunteer efforts at the Winter Extravaganza, and supporting the upcoming end of the year field trip to Six Flags. We are happy to get involved with the school and our new community.
Marj and MAK Vocational Center
A huge shout out to Pat & Stu! We are so proud to share the news that at the 2018 N Street Village gala Stu and Pat Van Scoyoc announced their investment to open the Marj and MAK Vocational Center, named in honor of their mothers. Also, Pat & Stu were the recipients of the 2018 Founders award, presented by Village alum Olivia Ramsey, who also recently retired from Van Scoyoc Associates.
(Photo: Schroeder Stribling, Olivia Ramsey, Pat & Stu Van Scoyoc)