Recognizing Giving Tuesday
Philanthropy has always been of great importance to Leidos, it’s even in our vision statement. In celebration of Giving Tuesday, learn more about some of our relationships with community organizations and how you can support them, too.
In response to the unconscionable and continued injustice and violence suffered by the African-American community, Leidos partnered with the EJI, who supports the broader African-American community, among others of color, through efforts to fight against racial injustice and poverty, as well as promote equal treatment in our criminal justice system for those most vulnerable.
The CADCA coalition model emphasizes the power of community coalitions to prevent substance misuse through collaborative community partnerships. Leidos supported community awareness safe disposal events with CADCA and DEA to enhance local prevention efforts and increase awareness about the dangers of substance misuse. CADCA and Leidos distributed more than 170,000 drug disposal kits in partnership with the Maryland National Guard, Aberdeen Proving Ground and the Baltimore Ravens.
Leidos supports the CAF and its efforts to provide addiction recovery support. In working with the CAF, volunteers routinely distribute drug deactivation pouches free to the public and Leidos sponsored the first public event in the Commonwealth of Virginia to train volunteers on how to administer Naloxone, a life-saving drug which reverses the lethal effects of opioids.
The AFSP is a voluntary health organization that gives those affected by suicide a nationwide community empowered by research, education and advocacy to take action against a leading cause of death. Leidos is committed to promoting organizations and efforts that contribute to mental well-being and sponsored AFSP Out of the Darkness events in both Washington, D.C. and north Alabama. This is Leidos’ second consecutive year participating as a sponsor for the Out of the Darkness D.C. Walk together with DC 101 FM, supporting the organization’s mission to save lives and bring hope to those affected by suicide.
Leidos supports nationwide efforts each year to raise awareness and resources for more than 34 million Americans living with diabetes through the ADA’s signature fundraising event, Tour de Cure. Amidst a global pandemic, 122 Team Leidos participants are helping support the ADA’s mission with continued donation efforts accepted through December 31, 2020.
The AHA strives to help build healthier lives free from heart disease and stroke. Leidos continues to join forces with AHA, through Heart Walk events, to raise awareness of the dangers to our community and within the workplace. This November, over 400 Team Leidos participants joined virtual walk efforts across the country. Team Leidos was the second largest fundraising team in the National Capital Region for this year’s AHA Heart Walk.
Each December, WAA carries out its mission to remember the fallen, honor those who serve, and teach our children the value of freedom. On December 19, 2020, Wreaths Across America Day, remembrance wreaths will be placed on the graves of our country’s fallen heroes at over 1,400 locations in all 50 U.S. states, at sea, and abroad. In 2019, Leidos sponsored 2,000 wreaths at 18 locations across the country. To help ensure that most of our veterans can be honored in this way please consider making a donation to sponsor wreaths at various participating locations.
USO of Metropolitan Washington-Baltimore (USO Metro) serves is the largest chapter chartered by the USO, with a strong tradition of service in the National Capital Region (NCR). Eleven locations and two “deployable” mobile USOs provide services to nearly 300,000 military members and their families living in the NCR and the 150,000 who travel through local airports. Signature programs supported by Leidos include Turkeys for Troops, providing holiday support to junior enlisted service members and their families, and Project Elf, fulfilling the wish lists of hundreds of children of junior enlisted active-duty military servicemen and women. 2020 will be Leidos’ eighth consecutive year supporting USO Metro’s Project Elf.