Partner Showcase at NCC Headquarters

On May 31st, NCC was pleased to host a Partner Showcase in our headquarters.  Several non-profit organizations which we happily support discussed their missions and volunteer opportunities, and even handed out some goodies to NCC employees.

Pinky Advani from Arlington Transportation Partners kicked off the afternoon by encouraging alternative forms of transportation to and from work instead of the traditional driving method.  She highlighted the Washington, D.C. area’s wide-ranging options of commuting, including the Metro, busses, walking, and biking.  In April, Arlington Transportation Partners organized the Washington D.C. area’s Walk@Lunch, an event in which several NCC employees participated.

Next up, a representative from Greyhound Rescue, Inc. spoke to us about the West Virginia-based organization which has found caring homes for more than 2,000 greyhounds since it began operating in 1989.  Our employees learned more about Greyhound Rescue’s goal to “find high-quality, loving homes for ex-racing Greyhounds and to educate people about the excellent, loving pets these noble creatures make.”  We were also informed about the deep and rich history of greyhounds, as these noble creatures were reserved exclusively for aristocrats during medieval times.

Charles Meng
AFAC Executive Director Charles Meng

Arlington Food Assistance Center (AFAC) Executive Director Charles Meng visited NCC for a second time.  Mr. Meng noted that AFAC distributes 40 pounds of food per week to each of the approximately 1,500 Arlington families the organization serves.  Furthermore, he emphasized AFAC’s Choice Model, which allows families to choose from a variety of fruits, vegetables, meats, fish, beverages, and staple items rather than being handed a pre-packaged set of food items.  Mr. Meng encouraged our employees to join the 1,600 current AFAC volunteers at the organization’s distribution center, food drives, and numerous other events.

NCC was treated to a visit by representatives from Hero Dogs, Inc. who brought along two Hero Dogs: Grant, whom we supported through his puppy training; and Calvin, whom we currently support in his early days of training.  Rebecca Cooper of Hero Dogs discussed the organization’s mission of providing “independence and improved quality of life to our nation’s veterans by raising, training, and placing service dogs with injured or disabled military veterans who have served honorably in the United States Armed Forces.”

Hero Dog “Calvin” participated in NCC’s Partner Showcase

Both Grant and Calvin showed off what they’ve learned in their training.  Calvin, who will be graduating from Puppy Kindergarten shortly, responded to basic commands such as “sit,” “lay,” and “wait.”  Grant, currently in advanced Hero Dogs classes, demonstrated his ability to pick up a set of keys, pull rope (used for opening/closing doors, pulling objects), and press buttons.  We were happy to meet our newly sponsored Hero Dog Calvin; and enjoyed seeing Grant again, a year after he took part in NCC’s Ten Year Anniversary Event last June.  Before we said goodbye to Hero Dogs, NCC President and CEO Chris Marquez presented the organization with a check to support Calvin during his training, after which he was given Certificates of Appreciation for both Calvin and Grant.

To conclude the Showcase, we viewed a video presented by Hearing Loss Association of America, which detailed the organization’s annual Walk4Hearing, an event NCC has participated in for the last four years, while serving as a local sponsor since 2010.  Walk4Hearing takes places in several cities and towns across the country, and raises awareness and funds to work to eliminate the stigma related to hearing loss.  To date, the Walk has raised more than $6 million since it launched in 2006.

NCC is honored to support the generous, caring organizations that were represented at our Partner Showcase.  We look forward to maintaining our association with these and other worthy organizations in the future, continuing to play a role in creating a better experience and delivering a GOOD future to those in the communities in which we live and work.