Without question, 2020 has been a year like no other. Yet even amid the global coronavirus pandemic, we saw countless examples of kindness and warmth. Around the world, caring for our neighbors took on new significance and meaning; giving what we have to others took on new urgency and importance.
At GDIT, we were especially proud of all the ways our employees gave back this year – even as they navigated the pandemic and all of its challenges. In total, our employees performed more than 13,500 hours of service as part of our “GDIT Cares” program, which creates opportunities and incentives to help others. This year more than ever, the program was an essential part of our business and our commitment to being an exemplary corporate citizen.
A few highlights from the year:
- Dollars for Doers: The Dollars for Doers program provides monetary donations in support of the organizations that are important to our employees. When an employee, or group of employees, volunteers a minimum of 15 hours with an eligible non-profit organization, GDIT Cares makes a donation to that organization. In 2020 alone, the program has helped 112 organizations, including:
- Volunteer Recognition Program: The GDIT Cares Volunteer Recognition Program highlights employee volunteers for the incredible impact they have in their communities. On the first of each month, a Volunteer of the Month is selected from among those who logged their hours the previous month. This year, we recognized 12 exceptional and impactful GDIT volunteers.
- Back to School Supply Drive Results: This back-to-school season, local GDIT sites were paired with area Title I schools and organizations that support low-income or underserved communities. We created an online giving platform to continue to support schools in our communities – even amid the pandemic and remote learning in some areas – to coordinate supply deliveries to schools. This drive resulted in more than 10,000 supplies and 6,000 masks – all collected from 20 different locations and distributed to 24 schools and organizations.
- Holiday Giving Campaign: As part of this year’s annual Holiday Giving Campaign, employees collected donations for military families, veterans, underserved children and their local communities. We’re still tallying results but thus far we’ve seen participation from 28 GDIT locations in 17 states; we’re working with 18 community partners; we’ve collected 4,500 items and distributed them to more than 2,200 children and more than 900 members of the military; and we’ve secured enough food donations to supply more than 18,000 meals. Amazing.
These are just a handful of the incredible and selfless acts of giving performed by our staff this year. We are so proud of the way they generously gave of their time and abilities to help their neighbors. For our part at the corporate level, as part of our response to the impact of COVID-19, we reallocated 15 percent of our total giving budget to support frontline healthcare workers, provide low-income students with access to the tools and technology they need to succeed, and to support mobile meal delivery programs.
This year has challenged us all, and we are proud of the way our employees rose to the challenge of continuing to serve others this year. We’ve always known we had some of the best, brightest and most caring individuals working at GDIT. This year proved it … and then some.
Learn more about corporate citizenship and our culture of caring at GDIT.