Mid-Atlantic Employees Make “Power Packs” for Local Schools

Many children in Fairfax County schools near our Northern Virginia headquarters are eligible for free and reduced lunch. School administrators worry these children might go hungry over the weekend, so on Friday, October 12, CRC CARES members volunteered with an organization focused on addressing that issue. Mid-Atlantic employees partnered with Food For Others to support their P3 program – assembling “Power Packs” of non-perishable foods for the school children to take home over the weekend.   

Through our construction company’s #CBGGives initiative, employees from various offices spent the day sorting and assembling more than 300 Power Packs for three local schools.

Food and fuel are important for learning. The Power Packs help students stay healthy and arrive at school ready to learn.  

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With the help from other community entities, Food for Others is positioned to distribute over 70,000 packs in 2018/2019 to 28 Fairfax County elementary schools. For more information about the program and Food for Others, please visit their website.

Fourteenth Annual CARES Charity Golf Tournament Benefits Local Nonprofits

CBG Building Company, CRC Companies, and Clark Construction Group hosted the 14th annual CARES Open charity golf tournament at Maderas Golf Club. This year’s event raised a record-setting $361,000 to benefit organizations such as Gigi’s Playhouse, The Honor Foundation, the Youth Assistance Coalition (YAC), and other community-serving groups. This event marks over four million dollars raised for deserving causes since the inaugural 2005 tournament.

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Eighty sponsors including subcontractors, industry partners, and consultants partnered with tournament hosts to put on a successful day for more than 250 golfers. One of the tournament’s primary beneficiaries, YAC, takes a community approach to address youth homelessness in the area.

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“From all of us at YAC we cannot thank you enough for your kindness and generosity. Your donation has helped give us the courage to take the next step and move forward with an office and meeting room for our youth,” said Heather Fitzgerald, executive director and founder of YAC. “While we will still be on the streets each day looking for and helping our youth, this office will give us a home base. Again, thank you is not enough.” 

Gigi’s Playhouse, an educational, therapeutic, and career-building center for individuals with Down Syndrome, was also a primary recipient of the tournament.

“GiGi's Playhouse San Diego is incredibly grateful for your generous donation and support. It will have a significant and lasting impact as we continue to expand opportunities for individuals with Down Syndrome in San Diego County,” said Karen Falk, president of Gigi’s Playhouse San Diego. “With your support, we will be able to expand the programs and services we offer at our Down Syndrome Achievement Center.”

 The event supported The Honor Foundation, a transition institute for Navy SEALS and the U.S. Special Operations Community. The organization empowers men and women to tap into their maximum potential during and after their service careers. Hosts were honored to have a few active Navy SEALS in attendance of the 2018 tournament as players honored and celebrated Veterans Day.

 “Our Employer Partners play a significant role in pushing our Mission forward -- believing what we believe to their core,” said Joe Musselman, CEO and founder of The Honor Foundation. “Thank you to CRC CARES and Clark Construction for recognizing the leadership and talent our Fellows and Alumni can bring to the workforce.”

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As with the tournament’s tradition, net proceeds from the event will continue to benefit other charitable groups throughout the year. The 14-year tournament has supported more than 120 charities made possible by generous industry partners.

CRC CARES About Ending Hunger with the Capital Area Food Bank

On Thursday, July 12, CRC CARES members volunteered at the Capital Area Food Bank in Washington, DC. Team members sorted and packaged 672 boxes of supplemental groceries for senior citizens in need in the Washington metropolitan area; CRC CARES also donated $1,000 to the cause, which will feed an additional 200 families.

CRC CARES arranged items like corn cereal, milk, apple juice, canned tomatoes, applesauce, and peas into the boxes assembly-line style. The boxes were then sent to a separate part of the distribution center and packaged with perishable food like fruit and cheese before they were sent off to their respective recipients.

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The supplemental groceries like the ones CRC CARES packed will serve over 10,000 senior citizens through the Grocery Plus and Senior Brown Bag programs. The Capital Area Food Bank also has similar programs for the 2,500 children in-need called the Weekend Bag program; it helps ensure they will not be hungry over the weekend when school meals are not available.

The Capital Area Food Bank, which is a member of Feeding America, is the largest organization in the Washington metro area working to solve hunger. They have partnered with 444 community organizations within DC, Maryland, and Virginia to help combat hunger and its related problems like chronic undernutrition, heart disease, and obesity. With the efforts of the Capital Area Food Bank, its 444 partners, and the efforts of its volunteers, 540,000 people in the DC-area gain access to good, healthy food each year.