Throughout our history, Technomics has always had the utmost respect and appreciation for its clients, both civilian and military. To give our thanks, we have served the community through participation in various events: from packaging food donations at the Arlington Food Assistance Center (AFAC) to manning water stations at the Army Ten-Miler race. Additionally, at the end of October we completed a relaunch of our Community Service program with the intent of creating new service opportunities that are meaningful and impactful.
Looking Back: A Year of Service
Over the past year, we deepened our ongoing commitment to community service though continued engagement in a variety of volunteer organizations. One of those organizations closest to our hearts is the Arlington Food Assistance Center (AFAC). AFAC is an organizational that distributes groceries to families in need in Arlington. On a bi-monthly basis, our employee owners volunteered their time to help ensure that AFAC can continue to carry out this mission, successfully impacting the lives of over 2,300 families per week.1
Each year, Technomicians join hands in volunteering at the Army 10 Miler, a popular running event in the Washington DC and Arlington areas. This year we continued this great tradition. Technomics gathered a group of volunteers to pass out water and Gatorade to athletes along the race course. In between distributing water cups, volunteers also had the opportunity to cheer on the athletes completing the race, many of whom are U.S. Service Members, Wounded Warriors, or Wheelchair athletes.
…it really just gives us volunteers a chance to cheer them on and really to say thank you to the U.S. Service Members as they go by. As the crowd of runners starts to get thicker, there are many people weaving in and out, looking for water/Gatorade, but so many of them also take the time to say their thanks. Since I started working at Technomics, the only year I didn’t hand out water was when I ran the race, and being on that side of the event, I was incredibly grateful for all of the volunteers who came out.”
Rachael Pascale, Lead Analyst, Technomics, Inc.
Looking Forward: The Evolution of Service
On October 26th, Technomics relaunched its Community Service program to give Technomicians a preview of what opportunities are coming in the near future. This relaunch was informed by surveys and brainstorming sessions in which employee-owners contributed their ideas as to which service opportunities could be the most accessible and have the strongest impact. New community outreach has been focused on a particular cause: developing young minds in the community. In addition to giving back to the community, we hope these changes will foster a spirit of servant leadership and make Technomics a more visible part of the community.
Tutoring and assisting with STEM programs in local schools like the National Society of Black Engineers Jr. (NSBE Jr.) allows us to pay forward the invaluable experiences we received during our own education. What better way to thank our past servant leaders than by becoming servant leaders ourselves! We hope to participate in mentorship opportunities, coach math and science competition teams, fundraise to help purchase STEM equipment for afterschool programs, and provide career/college advice for at-risk students. Our hope is that through these efforts, some of these students may decide to pursue a fruitful career in a STEM field that quenches their curiosity and bolsters their future success.
Success at Technomics requires being able to teach our fellow employee-owners new ways to approach and solve problems for our clients. Working with the NSBE Jr. club allows us to spread our love of learning and commitment to going above and beyond to inspire young minds and help them dream of a bigger and better future through career counseling, mentorship, and assisting with Math and Science competitions.”
Alec Morris, Senior Associate, Technomics, Inc.
Alongside supporting this initiative, we hope to show our gratitude to our local community by continuing to participate in future events. On November 14th, some Technomicians visited AFAC to continue our long-sanding partnership there, packaging food that will be handed out to families in need within the Arlington area.
In December, we are thrilled to be able to partner with Wreaths Across America to donate and place wreaths at Arlington National Cemetery for our fallen heroes. Technomics also “adopted” 20 children via the Salvation Army’s Angel Tree program . Through this program, we will donate toys from specific children’s wish lists so that they have special gifts to open for the holidays. Other upcoming service opportunities include serving in soup kitchens, partnering with the Wounded Warrior Project, and planting trees throughout the area.
Photos by John Choe