“Actions speak louder than words.”
It’s a phrase we’re all familiar with—an aphorism that reminds us that what we do is more accurately an indicator of what we really believe than what we say. Of course, at ENC, we understand the importance of words—it’s our business as strategic communicators. But we also understand the importance of acting on the words that define the foundation of our company. Those words are our values, and we’re reminded of them daily as we pass through our office doors. The letters pop against the vibrant blue wall and this summer, our collective action spoke volumes about one particular-community and social responsibility.
We kicked things off for these summer months by sponsoring the United Way of the National Capital Area’s 2012 Shoebox Project. The Shoebox Project is an effort to collect and distribute shoeboxes filled with personal care and emergency preparedness items for the elderly, veterans and the homeless around the greater Washington region. We invited everyone across our Spring Hill Road building complex to donate these necessities, and after a month our collection bins were overflowing. We counted more than 500 basic need and emergency products before bringing them to the United Way, adding to the items that would go on to fill more than 2,000 shoeboxes for those in need.
Following the United Way effort, we joined another local organization making strides to help our neighbors, Food for Others. It’s the largest distributor of free food directly available to people in need in Northern Virginia and also supports food programs of other community-based organizations. We collected 134 pounds of food to donate to its stock and spent a morning volunteering in the Fairfax-based warehouse. ENCers helped inspect and assemble 350 packs of food for the Food for Others Power Pack Program, an effort that provides a pack of weekend meals for elementary school children who otherwise would not have anything to eat until their Monday-morning breakfast.
Winding down the summer and gearing up for fall, a few ENCers merged their spirit for giving with some school spirit to benefit Homestretch, a Falls Church-based nonprofit that helps families transitioning from homelessness to permanent housing. The Homestretch staff works with these families to provide services to help them to rebuild their lives, and the annual clothing drive is one of the many ways they do that. Before the start of each school year, Homestretch calls on volunteers to “adopt” children by buying new school clothes. ENC answered that call and now a few more kids will start school with some new duds and-we hope-newfound confidence.
It’s been a great season to see ENC’s value of community responsibility in action. Our community called and we did what we could to answer clearly—by walking in those words on our wall and bringing them to life by serving others.
Image courtesy Flickr user Aidan Jones