What follows are just a few ways Washington area businesses made their mark in the community this year; consider this a snapshot of the good deeds in our midst.
•More than 1,600 workers participated in almost 4,000 hours of community service during the annual week of service at Washington-based research and consulting firm Advisory Board. Staffers gave their time to 61 organizations that week and donated more than $75,000. One of their activities was the “Branding Blitz,” in which members of the marketing, sales and design teams worked pro bono to develop branding and communications strategies in just 48 hours for three nonprofit groups.
•Cloud-based telephone solutions provider Angel gave more than 72 hours to build a system for Our Neighbor’s Child, donated more than $8,000 in gifts, including iPods and guitars to the same nonprofit, and developed a free North Pole Hotline that supported more than 860 phone calls from children calling Santa to find out conditions in the North Pole.
•Apple Federal Credit Union donated $60,000 to the American Cancer Society, with proceeds going toward cancer research. It also supported Fairfax County government and schools by donating 1,000 backpacks and partnered with Fairfax County Fire and Rescue to give 3,000 new coats to needy youth in the area.
•Annapolis-based Arinc focused its giving efforts this year on Maryland Therapeutic Riding, a nonprofit that aims to provide therapeutic experiences to adults and children through horseback riding. Nearly 100 of its employees worked to plan, set up and staff the Live on the Farm concert, the organization’s major annual fundraising event. The government services firm has donated $130,000 in cash and in-kind donations to this group and many other charity organizations this year.
•Arnold & Porter donated nearly 90,000 pro bono hours to many causes, including working with General Electric and the Children’s Law Center to provide special education services and early intervention services to at-risk children.
• The Bank of America Charitable Foundation selected five Washington area high school students to take part in the 2012 Student Leaders program, which offers paid eight-week summer internships at local nonprofits. The foundation also awarded more than $550,000 to 17 nonprofits that provide affordable housing in the area. It gave a total of $238,000 in grants to 13 nonprofits in the region as part of a national effort to support job training, education programs and support services that help connect the unemployed, underemployed, veterans, youth and those with disabilities to employment success.