A Tradition of Giving
One of MTSI's corporate tenets is to improve the communities in which we work, from the local level to the national level. We have a corporate commitment to assisting those in need and those with special needs, and to just make our community a better place to live. Additionally, as an aerospace engineering firm and "government contractor", MTSI is heavily involved in projects affecting national defense and in support of the brave men and women of our Armed Forces. Therefore, much of our giving involves this group of American heroes. Our corporate philosophy on giving includes both providing funds and concurrently engaging in active participation in the charities, special events, and organizations we support. This includes significant employee involvement at all levels of our activities from the participant level to active fund-raising, to event organization, to Board membership. Following are our current initiatives:
Helping Those in Need
MTSI has a long association with New Hope Housing, which is the oldest and largest provider of shelter beds in Northern Virginia. New Hope provides shelter, transitional, and permanent housing to homeless families and single adults. Its support services are designed to break the cycle of homelessness. For years MTSI has complemented its giving by having a company executive serve on the Board of Directors at New Hope.
An affiliated effort sponsored by Fannie Mae is the annual Homeless Walkathon. For over 20 years, this program has brought together caring and committed individuals to work toward preventing and ending homelessness in the greater Washington, DC region. MTSI, a Platinum Partner organization, supports this event with generous donations and active participation in the annual event. Over two dozen employees participated in the 2007 and 2008 events.
Another local effort we are proud of is our recent affiliation with the Christmas in July program sponsored by Our Neighbor's Child, a community outreach organization. This groups works year-round to collect food baskets and toys for some of Fairfax Counties neediest families. The gift baskets are distributed every July. This year, MTSI initiated its support of this event with employee support, gift baskets, and monetary donations.
New Hope Housing Website
Assistance to Our Warriors
MTSI employees are very active in three efforts that support wounded veterans. The Azalea Charities Aid to Wounded Soldiers project provides comfort and relief items for soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines sick, injured, or wounded from service in Iraq and Afghanistan. Depending on needs, donated items are distributed to Military Medical Centers, VA Medical Centers, and Fisher House rehabilitation facilities each week. Many of the servicemen and women are grievously wounded and will require long hospitalization and rehabilitation. The purpose of the program is to lift their spirits and enhance their morale by contributing quality of life items.
MTSI also supports Wounded Warriors, Inc. whose mission is to provide support to the families of those who have been wounded, injured, or killed during combat operations. The families of our casualties suffer in many ways- some financially, some psychologically. Wounded Warriors began by providing assistance to wounded soldiers who had been evacuated to the Military Hospital at Landstuhl, Germany. It has since expanded to mitigate family-member trauma by allowing them to find peace and solace as a family during stays in family-friendly resorts that are provided free of charge.
A third effort MTSI employees support involves direct assistance to a partially-paralyzed veteran from the Northern Virginia area. This veteran was wounded during combat operations in Iraq- the victim of an Improvised Explosive Device. Our work with this local hero has provided an inspiration for many in the company.
Azalea Charities Website
Other Special Programs
Our nationwide field sites support various charitable events. A noteworthy fundraiser is the annual Dayton, OH golf tournament that raises money for the Special Olympics. MTSI employees participate in the event and the company donates money and serves as one of the event sponsors. This is an annual commitment.
Employees of the Dayton office have also started a campaign during the holiday season of 2008, specifically with the Building Bridges program. A service with the initiative to help troubled youth in finding families that will be supportive in securing a more positive future. MTSI employees of the Dayton office were able to adopt children as well as provide Christmas gifts to those less fortunate.
Starting in 2008, MTSI has "Gone Green." This initiative includes the 3 Rs (reuse, recycle and refurbish), conducting an energy audit to review our water and energy consumption, overall awareness and adopting environmentally friendly strategies and practices within our facilities.
Check back regularly for updates on MTSI's new community involvement.
Special Olympics Website