“Donating money is easy, but donating our time is a genuine testament to our commitment to this cause,” says Greg Fitzgerald, CEO of ITC Federal and Martin Luther King, Jr. Weekend of Service Presenting Supporter. Volunteer Fairfax’s family-friendly volunteer event takes place on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and is designed to engage families with children ages 5–12 in service learning. This year, over 700 volunteers completed service projects for several community nonprofits supporting food insecurity, elder care, veterans, animal welfare, and other causes.  

“The opportunity to bring families together and get them excited about volunteering in the community through this event was fantastic. Additionally, the opportunity to have Cris Watkins, Sr. Director of Proposals, speak about giving back in the context of MLK’s life and vision was inspiring. ITC Federal was also excited to have our local congressional representative reinforce the value of this event,” stated Fitgerald. 

For this year’s edition, many projects were completed including:  

  • 400 Student Emergency Preparedness Kits were packed for Fairfax County’s Department of Emergency Response, 
  • 400 Valentine Cupcakes (with warm socks) were made for Kids Give Back and given to several area nonprofits to support elder care, 
  • Food For Others received 1,371 lbs of food in total including 300 Power Packs, and 
  • 60 no sew fleece blankets were crafted for Capital Caring Health as well as door hangers for their long-term care residents. 

All of that was only possible, thanks to the generosity of our supporters and the service of our community volunteers. Fitzgerald went on to say that, “ITC is committed to giving back to the communities where we work and live. Our corporate headquarters are in Fairfax, Virginia and our corporate values are aligned with those of Volunteer Fairfax. Being a presenting supporter was our way of demonstrating our commitment to living these values”. 

The success of the event, even though we were surprised by a snowstorm the night before, was possible because of the support of companies like ITC Federal, community involvement and loyalty as well as the ongoing hard work of nonprofit partners. A special thanks to all who were and continue to be involved. Each year, on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day, people follow his example and spend this day as “a day on, not a day off,” and we appreciate everyone’s commitment. So, thank you, and we hope to see you again at next year’s edition to keep up the excellent work we have been doing for our community. 

Check out some video highlights of this year’s event if you missed it!