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.
Holiday Party for New Hope Housing
On Saturday, December 3rd, 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.