At NCC, we recognize we do not operate or succeed alone. We realize the importance of maintaining connections to the local and national communities, and have made stewardship and accountability priorities in both internal operations and external partnerships.
NCC is focused on building relationships in the communities in which we work and live. We are proud to support several local non-profit organizations both financially and with our volunteer efforts. Our employees regularly engage in community service and outreach events, providing channels for their passions and interests outside of the office.
As part of our vision to deliver a GOOD future, NCC is proud to partner with and promote locally-based non-profit organizations whose missions we support. We value the communities in which we work and live and are excited to provide financial and volunteer assistance to facilitate the operations of the groups below.
Hero Dogs, Inc.
Hero Dogs, Inc. is a Maryland 501(c)(3) corporation whose purpose is to raise, train, and place service dogs with military veterans who have been injured and/or disabled while serving in the U.S. Armed Forces. Hero Dogs offers service dogs to disabled veterans at no charge to the veteran. The dogs from Hero Dogs assist veterans in a myriad of ways, including picking up dropped items, turning light switches on and off, and opening and closing doors. The dogs go through a lengthy and thorough training process before they are assigned to their veteran.
NCC began supporting Hero Dogs in March 2012 as we sponsored black Labrador puppy Ulysses S. Grant, through his training to become one disabled veteran’s Hero Dog; and in April 2013, we began our sponsorship of yellow Labrador retriever Calvin Leon Graham. Many NCC employees are proud dog owners and know firsthand the kind of unwavering loyalty their pets exhibit. Additionally, NCC has been supporting veterans by facilitating staging and lighting for the Congressional Medal of Honor Ceremony, providing transcription services to the Wounded Warrior Project and real-time captioning and audiovisual services to the Vietnam War 50th Anniversary Memorial Service.
Arlington Food Assistance Center (AFAC)
AFAC provides nutritious supplemental food assistance to Arlington County residents in need. AFAC utilizes the Choice Model, meaning it allows families to choose which foods they take rather than being handed a pre-packaged bag of groceries. This model has proven to decrease waste, as people are more likely to eat foods of their own choosing. AFAC gleans produce from local area farms and farmers markets on a weekly basis, ensuring freshness for distribution to those in need. In addition, AFAC offers a variety of breads, meats, and canned goods.
NCC began its affiliation with AFAC in April 2012. Through NCC’s support and donations, we hope to contribute towards AFAC’s goal of making their money go as far as possible to feed over 4,300 unemployed or underemployed members of the Arlington community. NCC employees have volunteered at AFAC’s distribution center and also as AFAC ambassadors at community events including the Shirlington Wine and Jazz Festival.
Greyhound Rescue, Inc.
Greyhound Rescue, Inc. is a non-profit organization dedicated to finding loving homes for retired racing Greyhounds. Founded in 1989, it is an all-volunteer organization which has placed more 2,000 Greyhounds in homes throughout Washington, DC; Virginia; Maryland; West Virginia; Pennsylvania; and Delaware. Greyhound Rescue, Inc. seeks to educate people about what affectionate, gentle pets Greyhounds can be despite their past hardships as racing dogs.
NCC became a sponsor of Greyhound Rescue, Inc. in May 2012. NCC employees’ clearly apparent love for dogs makes supporting this well-established organization an easy sell, and its regional origin and focus makes Greyhound Rescue a great fit for a community partner. Furthermore, NCC President and CEO Chris Marquez and his wife Danielle are greyhound lovers and have rescued and fostered several greyhounds of their own.
Hearing Loss Association of America Walk4Hearing
The Hearing Loss Association of America’s (HLAA) Walk4Hearing is the largest walk of its kind in the country that raises awareness and helps to eradicate the stigma associated with hearing loss and impairment. The HLAA is the nation’s leading advocate for those suffering from hearing loss. Its mission is to make communication accessible to the hearing impaired community by providing education, information, and support. The HLAA has made tangible impacts on public policy, research, and public awareness of hearing loss, with a national support network which includes its Washington, DC office and 14 state organizations.
Walk4Hearing’s mission dovetails nicely with the foundations of NCC as a captioning company. NCC has participated in Washington, D.C.’s Walk4Hearing every fall since 2009, and we look forward to walking for hearing for years to come.