Recently, Dev Technology Group launched our inaugural employee Week of Service. One of the company’s six core values is “community” and this seven-day event provided multiple opportunities for all employees to participate in a variety of events to support the local community. We kicked off the week with an all-employee roundtable to talk about community service and give employees an opportunity to hear and ask questions about the projects. Employees came out in full force and donated 350 volunteer hours throughout the week.
The team supported a variety of projects including hosting a pre-school Halloween party and grounds beautification project for Homestretch, Inc., participating in the SHERO Community Walk in support of the N Street Village, greeting Veterans visiting DC through the Honor Flight program, sponsoring the Lights on Showcase for After School All Stars DC, working shifts in the Food for Others warehouse, and participating in the South Lakes High School PTSA Food Panty 0.5K. Dev Technology also collected 750 pounds of food to support the Food for Others P3 Power Pack Program, which sends weekend backpack meals home with Fairfax County students. Team members outside of the D.C. area also were encouraged to participate in their local communities. A couple of those projects included running a virtual 5K in support of the Maine Occupational Therapy Association, volunteering at an animal shelter and participating in the Out of the Darkness Walk.
Not only was this a great event for the Dev Technology community, but in the feedback survey team members remarked on the positive experiences they had throughout the week and insisted that this be an annual event. They also shared that they had ideas of organizations we could support either next year or throughout the year. Specifically, one employee commented, “Working for a company that prioritizes giving back is very important to me and participating in Week of Service was one of the best parts of my job.” While we learned a lot and have improvements for next year, the Dev Week of Service was a resounding success.