The responsibility of corporations to play a key role in the well-being of the communities is a well-accepted tenet of contemporary business culture. CSRA has made a tangible commitment to both corporate-level engagement and to support its team members as they give back to their communities.
At the corporate level, CSRA’s leadership team has defined three focus areas – Health and Wellness, Military and Law Enforcement Communities, and STEM education – that are the backbone of the organization’s charitable giving program, CSRA Cares. It’s a clear part of our mission as an organization to make the communities in which we live, work and play a better place. CSRA is committed to this vision, and it can be seen in the efforts of our employees from the very top all the way through the company. CEO Larry Prior took part in the Best Buddies Friendship Walk and Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Light the Night walk with his wife and their dog Olive (on the same day!), and was joined at the LTN event by 40 employees, including members of the C-suite. There are monthly volunteer events including a team that serves dinner at the Children’s Inn at the National Institutes of Health, and groups that do meal prep and help with sorting and distribution at area food banks.
With such a large organization and employees all over the country, it’s natural that the causes that inspire our team members are incredibly diverse. One way we are able to support these many issues, and maximize the value of our team’s impact on the community is through the Dollars for Doers program. Dollars for Doers provides funding for eligible 501c3’s based on an employee’s volunteer hours. We also assist employees with video submission to the Super Service Challenge, a nationwide movement to transform organizations through service. Entries are eligible to win monetary prizes for the represented non-profit, from $500 to $50,000.
It truly is amazing what our people do in their communities: they volunteer at women’s shelters, in soup kitchens, with a variety of youth organizations, and those that focus on veteran support. One employee supports military members recovering from PTSD with visits from her trained therapy dogs. One of the programs from several CSRA team members are involved in is the First Tech Challenge (FTC). FTC is a robotics competition for students in grades 7-12 during which the students must design, build, and program their robots to complete various actions both individually and then by forming alliances with other teams.
Steve Wynne, who is a Systems Quality Manager for CSRA in New Jersey, puts both his technical skills and his business skills to work as a team mentor for the Egg Harbor Township PALS Enforcer’s Team #7149. The 2016-2017 season marks Steve’s second year with the group and he’s developed his role from a team parent who occasionally helped out to becoming, in his words, “the everything else” coach. In addition to helping the students build a functional robot, that can complete complex tasks such as throwing a ball and lifting objects, Steve has used his professional expertise to make a tangible impact on the students and their success in the competition by helping them to develop strong project management and documentation skills.
In a conversation we had recently Steve shared with me the impact that CRSA Cares and the company’s investment in employee volunteerism have had. Steve said that “as a longtime community volunteer it’s great to have the recognition and support of the company I work for. I enjoy putting the skills I use at work into action in a different environment and, in turn bringing back some different perspectives back to work. The $500 contribution to the team from Dollars for Doers to this team in South Jersey, far from the tech corridor, has made a positive impact on the kids.” He added that one day he’d like to see the students he’s mentored become part of our internship program. While he waits for the junior robotics engineers to graduate from high school, Steve is also eagerly awaiting a robotics ‘face-off’ with rival team, the Frogbots, from Gainesville, VA, who are mentored by CSRA team member Mark Grant.
I’m proud of the program and the spirit that we’ve built so far at CSRA and will foster as our team continues to grow and diversify. Already, we’ve had inquiries from new team members at our Integrated Technology Center in Bossier City, Louisiana to find out how they can share their talents in the community through volunteerism and show our newest hometown that CSRA cares. If you’re a CSRA team member who’d like to learn more, you can click here and if you’d like to join our brilliant team you can find out more about employment and benefits here.