For Earth Day in 2018, we had the 2nd annual Nature Gallery Experience. To experience the event, https://spark.adobe.com/page/vtbrzX93sRnbN/. Here's the overall winner of the event, and the story behind the photo is a must read!
Community Grants were given to the local community, and we followed up with each to understand the impact in 2017. We are overwhelmed with the significant impact that was made by each organization to improve our communities!
- Doorways is an organization that supports women and children in domestic and sexual violence situations. While many stories are absolutely tragic, we set out to help set things a better path of hope, love, and compassion. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=El55iVZaSK0&t=12s
- Micah's Backpacks helps feed 300 low resource students each week in the Blacksburg, VA area. It also helped two senior adults from having their power disconnected which is proven to help prevent homelessness. The organization put together a Spark video for us to show the impact to the community: https://spark.adobe.com/video/Kt9JOQvpslirh
- Bethesda Cares the grant was structured to support a specific subset of clients, who need a steeper subsidy than we can to offer: those who have a lost job and secured new employment, but the new job hasn't yet begun, so the client can't pay rent. The situation arises frequently; grants of $1000-1400 completely resolve their situations. Here's an overview of the impact: https://spark.adobe.com/page/6pX9naZTX5Lqv/
September 21, 2017 - A private sneak peek of a selection of films with West Washington Film Festival at the Angelika Film Center in Fairfax, VA. We raised funds for 5 families to cover 10 days worth of travel expenses for doctor visits and treatments. Funds were matched and sent to an organization called, Connor's Heroes.
September 15, 2017 - Working with Images for Good we teamed up with local teens passionate about photography to give them lessons in photography, leadership, service, and teamwork. Media day at Andrews Airforce Base was the perfect venue.
We met a serviceman in the Army that was trained to build a runway in 72 hours. He spoke about his training, leadership, and the teamwork required to meet the mission.
We met and watched the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds up close and personal with a backstage pass! This is teamwork demonstrated to an extreme!
We talked about a serviceman that we honored, Capt. Luis Carlos Montalvan who wrote a book about overcoming PTSD thru friendship with a dog. Check out "Until Tuesday. A Wounded Warrior and the Golden Retriever that saved him" for an amazing story of hope, but ultimately, he lost his fight to PTSD.
We met the dad of daughter, LT Valerie Cappelaere Delaney (Call sign "Mom") who died in a plane crash while training. She was an inspiration and role model to women aviation pilots. At her funeral, 100's sent their wings to Val's father. Check out: https://wingsforval.org/
Sept 14 2017 - Team building and helping a-span make 50 bagged lunches to help end homelessness in Arlington County Virginia.
Bethesda Cares and Adobe come together to solve homelessness. The team makes 50+ meals for the Homeless and learned about the pro's and con's of giving money to panhandlers, Bethesda Cares' approach to solving homelessness, and much more.
International Women's Day Screening of "She Started it" - In celebration of International Women’s Day, the McLean office featured the film screening of “She Started It”, a feature length documentary film on women tech entrepreneurs, shot on location in Silicon Valley, NYC, Europe, Vietnam, Mississippi & more, that aims to highlight successful role models for young women. It is the first film to show the behind the scenes of running a tech start-up as a young woman.
Guilford Elementary School Book Fair - Adobe employees come together with the Brambleton, VA community and Reston Bible Church to put on a book fair for Guilford Elementary school. 82% of families with children enrolled at Guilford indicate they are economically disadvantaged and often cannot afford a school book fair. By giving back to the community this way, we hope to encourage children to read for a brighter future. Overall, Adobe employees collected over 2000 books and helped put on the book fair.