The ValidaTek team is committed to giving back to the community that supports us. At least four times a year, ValidaTek performs a community service event such as volunteering at a local event or donating to a charitable organization.
New Hope Housing Holiday Party
On Saturday, December 2, 2017, ValidaTek hosted a fun-filled Holiday Party for the children and families of New Hope Housing at the Lorton library! Everyone had an amazing time creating holiday cards, art projects, reading holiday books, and even receiving a special visit from our very own ValidaTek Santa who brought gifts that were donated by ValidaTek employees for all of the kids! This was our second year teaming up with such an amazing organization who’s mission is to find creative solutions to end homelessness. We hope to keep this event an annual tradition.
ValidaTek Hurricane Disaster Relief Fund
During the month of October 2017, ValidaTek collaborated with the GlobalGiving crowdfunding community in order to assist the millions affected by the recent hurricane disasters, which have caused catastrophic flooding and damages. We had a GlobalGiving page where employees were able to choose from a variety of charity options and select the recipient of their donation. ValidaTek was able to match the amount donated of $5,075 and brought us to a grand total of $10,150 donated. These funds provided relief to survivors in the form of emergency supplies like food, water, and medicine in addition to longer-term recovery assistance to help residents recover and rebuild in Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Susan G. Komen
ValidaTek held three events in honor of raising funds for the Susan G. Komen foundation. On August 16, 2017, ValidaTek hosted an event at Potbelly Sandwich Works in Washington, DC where 25% of the proceeds went to the Susan G. Komen foundation. On August 23, 2017, ValidaTek HQ held a potluck where employees brought in homemade dishes and all donations collected went to the cause. Finally, on Saturday, September 9, 2017, ValidaTek was honored to join Susan G. Komen in the fight against breast cancer by participating in the 2017 Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure. We joined tens of thousands of people in Washington, D.C. to take a stand in the global movement to end breast cancer forever.
Intern Community Service
On Saturday, July 8, 2017, ValidaTek’s Summer Interns participated in the 12th Annual Feed the Homeless in Washington, DC in which 100% of the proceeds go to help the homeless population in DC. Many local establishments donated food and beverages throughout the day. During this event, the interns assisted by setting up booths, raising funds, and collecting and serving donated food to attendees. There were health screenings, local vendors, informational booths, and live entertainment of local and national talent at the event.
Only Make Believe (OMB)
On Saturday, May 20, 2017, ValidaTek volunteers helped sponsor a show by using their artistic skills and imaginations to create one-of-a-kind costumes for the kids OMB serves during their performances. Only Make Believe (OMB) is a non-profit organization that creates and performs interactive theatre for children in hospitals and care facilities throughout the New York City and Washington DC metro areas.
DC Central Kitchen
On Saturday, February 25, 2017, ValidaTek prepared nutritious meals for the communities that DC Central Kitchen partners with such as homeless shelters,rehabilitation clinics, halfway houses, and afterschool programs. DC Central Kitchen is a nonprofit developer of innovative social ventures that break that cycle of hunger and poverty by using career training, job creation, and sustainable business practices to strengthen local food systems and reduce disparities in health and economic opportunity.
Holiday Party for New Hope Housing
On Saturday, December 3, 2016, ValidaTek hosted a holiday party for the children of New Hope Housing, a non-profit agency that is committed to finding creative and lasting solutions to end the cycle of homelessness. They provide shelter and the tools to build a better life, including programs such as their Children’s Services Program. The children made holiday arts & crafts, read books, had sing-alongs, and also got a surprise visit from our very own Santa Claus!
Beautification Day at Harriet Tubman Elementary
On August 20, 2016, ValidaTek employees and their family members participated in Beautification Day at the Harriet Tubman Elementary School in Washington, DC to help teachers and administrators get ready for the school year. Tubman Elementary provides programs such as academic enrichment, wellness and fitness, and arts and culture to its highly diverse student population of over 500 students. ValidaTek employees volunteered to organize classroom materials, decorate the classroom and hallways, and clean desks and chairs. We are glad that we were able to help one of our local elementary schools prepare for the new year so the students can return to a clean and beautiful learning environment.
Invasive Management Area Program
On Saturday, June 25, 2016, ValidaTek employees and their family members participated in the Invasive Management Area (IMA) Program to help clear invasive plant species from the Borge Street Park in Oakton, VA. The IMA program is a community-based project designed to reduce invasive plants on our parklands. This unique, volunteer-led program gives residents an opportunity to connect with people while taking care of the natural resources around us. IMA enables community members to help protect the plants and wildlife of Fairfax County’s forests while spending time outdoors, meeting new people and restoring natural habitats. ValidaTek employees volunteered to help pull and clip invasive plants, plant native flora, and some adventurous volunteers helped dig up tree stumps.
Notable Past Events:
Invasive Plant Removal Program
On March 28, 2015, ValidaTek employees and their family members teamed up with the Arlington County’s Remove Invasive Plant (RiP) program to clear invasive plants from the historical Benjamin Banneker Park in Falls Church, VA. Volunteers worked to clip and pull vines that were suffocating the trees to not only help beautify the park, but also encourage the growth of native plants, which in turn provide habitats for birds and other wildlife. It was a great chance to enjoy some fresh air, get some exercise and contribute to the health of the park. Volunteers also had a chance to learn a bit of history as one of the historic D.C. boundary markers is still present in the park!
HandsOn Network: VA Department of Parks and Recreation
On Saturday, March 23, 2013, ValidaTek teamed with the Action Center in Arlington, VA under the Department of Parks and Recreation, an affiliate of HandsOn Network, to help clip and pull up vines that are slowly crawling up our trees and suffocating them! The HandsOn Network was actually conceived by another group of individuals, one of which we are familiar with: DC Cares, that formalized the beginnings of a partnership that created HandsOn Network nationally. ValidaTek employees enjoyed some fresh air, some exercise and contributed to the health of the forest.
USO: Stars and Stripes Event
ValidaTek was a corporate “All Star” sponsor for USO-Metro’s Stars and Stripes event in October 2012 at the Sheraton National Hotel in Arlington, Virginia. This event was a benefit for USO-Metro’s vital support programs for the area’s service members and their families, including support of the injured, ill, and recovering.