Employee Spotlight December 2018
Charity #1: KIDSAVE
Kidsave’s mission is to create change so children without parents can grow up in stable, loving families and connected to caring adults. Children, particularly older children, growing up in orphanages and foster care are overlooked and forgotten; the odds are stacked against them growing into productive citizens and the loss to society is devastating.
My work with Kidsave focuses on helping these children through working with the authorizing and appropriations committees in Congress to identify opportunities and support for our programs here in the United States, as well as in Colombia, Russia, and Sierra Leone. I have volunteered with Kidsave for over a dozen years -- serving as Chairman and a Member of their Board of Trustees.
Charity #2: THE BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA
The Boy Scouts of America prepares youth for life through outstanding programs that inspire, build character, develop leaders, and instill values that young people need to succeed I was originally inspired to volunteer with the BSA due to my son’s interest in scouting and the outdoors.
I have served as Scoutmaster for Boy Scout Troop 90 in Washington, DC since 2012. Our troop holds weekly meetings, monthly campouts, hikes, annual high adventure trips, and numerous community service projects to help others. While I was extremely proud watching my son grow to become an eagle scout, I have continued as Scoutmaster to lead our community of scouts in Troop 90 in their quest for new adventure and growth.
Charity #3: CENTRAL UNION MISSION
Founded in 1883, Central Union Mission is the oldest private social service agency in the District of Columbia. The Mission serves homeless men, underprivileged women, children, seniors, families and veterans. Its programs have an extremely high success rate at helping individuals overcome addiction and homelessness and achieve independent living.
I volunteer at the Mission to help serve meals to the homeless and the needy. The Mission has over 7,000 volunteers who contribute to their outstanding work.
2018 Annual Charity
HABITAT FOR HUMANITY NORTHERN VIRGINIA
VSA has the privilege of being a Build Team in a special collaboration between Habitat for Humanity of Northern Virginia and Mr. Benton, an Air Force veteran of the Vietnam War. Mr. Benton suffered a devastating home fire that left him without the resources to make repairs. He reached out to Habitat for Humanity of Northern Virginia 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, a new home -- House #1.
Habitat for Humanity Northern Virginia will place an immigrant family from Uzbekistan, a family of four, in House #2. Currently the parents and children, ages 17 and 11, are living in a one bedroom/one bathroom apartment. The kids sleep in a bunk bed located in the dining room. The father is a dishwasher, and when he comes home from work at 1-2am every night, he unavoidably wakes the children, as there is no privacy in the apartments. The two new homes home will each be 1600 sqft with three bedrooms and two bathrooms.
VSC employees had set the fundraising goal at $4,500 and are proud to have successfully raised $4,750!
A huge shout out to our VSC staff, family, friends, and associates for supporting our fundraising efforts for H4H NOVA.
We thank you for your generosity!
Near & Dears
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.
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.
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.