Every quarter, ECS recognizes and applauds the efforts, commitment, and personal time our employees dedicate to the betterment of their communities. In service of those efforts, we started the ECS Engage grant program, an opportunity for full-time employees to apply for grants in support of volunteer involvement. Every quarter, applications are evaluated by the ECS Engage committee made up exclusively of ECS employees and given merit based on employee involvement and the organization’s mission and impact.
The second quarter of 2023 marked another great quarter for ECS Engage, with six organizations selected to receive grants! Read on to hear the stories of these organizations and their sponsors and learn about the positive impacts they make, as well as how you can support their missions.
- National MS Society
- Catch A Lift Fund
- Reeves Downtown School of Music
- Boy Scouts of America
- Warrior Rising
- Army Aviation Museum Foundation
Technical Data Developer/Bulletin Writer, USPS
The National Multiple Sclerosis Society’s fundraising event, Bike MS®, is the largest fundraising cycling series in the world. Each year, nearly 50,000 cyclists and more than 5,000 teams take part in 50 rides across the US with experiences that are unique to each ride: from your local community, to rides by the ocean, in the mountains, through a winery, and more. The Bike MS community has raised more money than any other cycling event for any other cause: $1.4 billion to stop MS in its tracks, restore what’s been lost, and end MS forever.
Senior Consultant, Healthcare Transformation
Since the organization’s founding in 2010, Catch A Lift (CAL) Fund has helped thousands of post-9/11 combat-injured veterans regain their mental and physical health through gym memberships, in-home gym equipment, personalized fitness and nutrition programs, and a peer support network. CAL has awarded over 8,600 grants and raised more than $6.7 million for thousands of veterans.
Master Specialist, Business Architecture Team
The mission of Reeves Downtown School of Music is to provide exceptional year-round musical education and performance opportunities to students in Elkin, NC, and beyond. The school seeks to promote and encourage musicians of all genres through performances, workshops, and master classes, and to expose students and audiences to new forms of self-expression through instrumentation, sound, and rhythm. Another aspect of the school’s mission is enhancing the artistic imprint of the Yadkin Valley region, encouraging arts tourism, and inspiring future generations of musicians and music enthusiasts to keep musical traditions alive.
Manager, ServiceNow Training Group
Boy Scouts of America (BSA) Troop 57 started in August 2007 with four Boy Scouts who transferred from another Troop to pursue their goal of achieving the rank of Eagle Scout. Troop 57 is a boy-run troop, which means the scouts decide upon and organize the campouts and events they want to participate in.
There are now 44 active scouts in Troop 57, all four founding scouts have since advanced to Eagle Scout, and several current scouts are planning their Eagle service projects. Troop 57 proudly draws its membership from communities comprising Indian Prairie School District #204: Naperville, Aurora, Bolingbrook, and Plainfield, IL., as well as the neighboring community of Oswego.
Casey Van Camp
Director of Training
Founded in 2015, Warrior Rising is a veteran-started non-profit with the goal of transforming veterans into “vetrepreneurs.” Since its founding, Warrior Rising has grown from a regional to a national organization with a robust outreach, developing sophisticated programs that leverage remote learning, building a network of mentors and coaches, and awarding grants that will result in the creation of 100 veteran-owned million-dollar businesses by 2024.
Military Analyst, Project Coordinator
The purpose of the Army Aviation Museum Foundation (AAMF) is to foster and perpetuate the United States Army Aviation Museum as a medium to educate the public on the important role of Army aviation and inspire students undergoing professional military training. The foundation also assists with developing and enhancing the facilities of the museum’s present and future artifacts and collections, as well as receiving, holding, and administering gifts received from individuals, other organizations, corporations, foundations, and philanthropies.