Employee Stories

Every person has a cause.

GiveStream captures the heartfelt reasons employees support their charities.

 

“We lost my grandpa to pancreatic cancer in 2007 and it is one of the most deadly cancers out there and not many treatment options. Want to try and change that!” – Lauren, employee of TVAR Solutions, donated to Pancreatic Cancer Action Network

“Phoenix House provides individualized, holistic drug and alcohol addiction treatment.  They are committed to treating the whole person and their families with caring, qualified professionals in the fields of psychiatry, medicine, mental health, social work, education, and recovery support.   My family personally benefited from their services as my husband went through their program.  His recovery has changed not only his life, but the lives of all of those he loves most; including his son Alec, our son, Trent and myself.  We have a stronger more trusting relationship today than we had before his relapse and his recovery work with the Phoenix House.  They not only helped him, but they helped me as well.  My husband is now a resident specialist at the Phoenix House at the Men’s home, the same home he started his recovery program at.  I am hoping that this donation can assist them in their continued work on helping others and their families that are going through recovery themselves.” –  Stacey Meyer, employee of TVAR Solutions, donated to Phoenix House of the Mid-Atlantic 

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“We work so closely with these responders – when we lose one of them, even without the personal connection, the loss affects us as family. The fallen firefighters foundation is a good match for my moral creed: remember them, be there for their families, and protect each new generation of firefighters as they would protect us.” – Alex Menkes, employee of Adashi Solutions, donated to the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation

“I was born with a cleft lip. Luckily I was born to middle class Americans and was able to have it repaired as an infant. Smile Train helps fix cleft lips and pallets of less fortunate people. It is unfortunate, but true that facial deformities seriously impact how people are treated in life through no fault of their own. I want to help that not happen and unfortunately it’s easier to give cosmetic surgery than make people be nicer.” – Matt Samford, employee of Adashi Solutions, donated to Smile Train Inc


“The Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults has changed my adult life. Being a two-time pediatric cancer survivor and currently a young adult, I have made it my mission to give back as much as possible to the Ulman Cancer Fund and the community that I relate and empathize with. UCF is not only a great cause but a family of mine that I am so proud to be a part of. I have currently served on the Board of Young Adult Advisers (BOYAA) for five years, been a member of Team Fight for four years, serving on the Board of Directors as of this year and been involved in numerous other programs, events and initiatives for the organization, including my newest and biggest endeavor, UCF’s Key 2 Keys Experience, a 1,500 mile bike ride from Baltimore’s Key Highway to Key West, Florida in which I need to raise $4,500. I quite literally have dedicated my life to their cause and their mission and it is to help create a community of support for those affected by cancer (like me and my family were over 16 years ago). Cancer changes lives… and so do we!” – Mike Tirone, employee of R2i, donated to The Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults

“I donated to Uncuffed Ministries because of the direct and tangible impact that the organization has on adolescents’ lives. Uncuffed Ministries is an organization that works with detention facilities, businesses, and parents to help youth that are being held in adult facilities transition to the next stage of life. The goal of Uncuffed is to help youth mature, show the community how to help, and work to reduce repeat offenders. Uncuffed is unique because it is the only organization that serves youth in the adult justice system. Due to numerous issues, legalities, policies, or inapplicable topics/groups, these youth are unable to use services available to adults. If there is no organization serving youth in the adult facilities, then who is reaching them? I volunteer at Uncuffed as the treasurer and have had a chance to get to know a few of the young men in the program. The biggest thing I have learned while volunteering is the importance of influence. Most of the youths in this program grew up in unhealthy environments and their incarceration was a product of those environments. They generally have not had anyone around them to serve as a moral compass or guide them in making positive decisions. The services offered and the relationships established by Uncuffed fill that void and create a lasting positive impact on these youth’s lives. A donation to this charity is an investment in someone’s future.” – Matt Ellis, employee of R2i, donated to Uncuffed Ministries

“Four years ago my dad was diagnosed with Lewy Body Dementia. Since then, I’ve watched this disease take a devastating toll on my dad and our family. Four years ago I was playing tennis, talking card strategy and joking with my active healthy dad. Today he has trouble feeding himself, walking, and holding a conversation. Some days are worse than others. I worry constantly about my mom as the primary caregiver. There is no cure, it is progressive and treatment is complex. Symptoms resemble a mix of both Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s and treatments that help with some symptoms will make others worse. My dad is choosing to fight the cognitive impact over the physical, since medications that may help with mobility would increase dementia. Before it hit my family I had never heard of LBD. Recently more light has come due to Robin Williams’ struggle with this disease. It breaks my heart every day and my hope is that with more research, support and exposure there will be progress toward a cure. Or at the least – improved quality of life for those suffering.” – Jenn Braun, employee of R2i, donated to the Lewy Body Dementia Association

“The Chesapeake Bay is one of the most valuable and treasured resources in our region. Over the years I have seen how government, corporations and individuals have put financial prosperity above their responsibility to protect The Bay. This donation is a small way that I can help to change how we perceive and benefit from this treasure.” – Anne Sigman, employee of Social Toaster, donated to the Chesapeake Bay Foundation

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“I really truly believe that having more leadership and older peers can help keep kids on the right path. Some kids don’t have that older brother/sister or mother/father figure to teach them about things and be there for them. I think having that person you can go to for questions about situations and how to handle them and your own personal mountains you have climbed can really help shape the kids future. I would love to be able to help out with volunteering and help shaping the future.” – Ryan Smith, employee of TVAR Solutions, donated to Big Brothers Big Sisters of the National Capital Area

“Wear Blue Run to Remember is an amazing organization that brings together community members to support military service members their families and friends. Through the act of running they gather and run as a group to help individuals manage grief, build a community, and honor their loved ones. I was privileged to run with their Gold Star runners this past weekend and discovered first hand how their efforts truly change lives. Through tears, pain, and heartbreak these Gold Star runners pushed themselves to run a marathon to honor their loved ones, knowing that their loved ones went through conditionmuch worse in order to protect our country. I believe that all it takes is one person to make a difference and the more we can bring awareness to a cause the more people we can help on their journey.” – Kristen Dunham, employee of R2i, donated to Wear Blue: Run to Remember

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