December 15, 2017
Successful corporate partnerships are formed through the matching of shared value systems, and Emergent is fortunate to have found this in the USO of Metropolitan Washington-Baltimore (USO-Metro). Founded in 1941, USO-Metro has a strong tradition of service in the National Capital Region, offering support to the nearly 300,000 military members and their families living in the region and the 150,000 who travel through our local airports. Last year alone, USO-Metro provided 550,697 instances of service through its nine locations and signature programs1. Emergent has been supporting the efforts of USO-Metro over the last five years by hosting food drives, sponsoring events and volunteering at Operation Back-to-School.
In pursuit of its mission beyond the products it manufactures, Emergent supports USO-Metro through its eGIVE philanthropy program (Give, Invest, Volunteer in Emergent communities). eGIVE was created in 2012 and is meant to create a healthier and safer world by focusing on four pillars: 1) Protecting those who protect us; 2) Training tomorrow’s scientific leaders; 3) Advancing global health and 4) Improving Emergent communities. With the clear alignment of eGIVE’s pillar of “protecting those who protect us” with USO-Metro’s purpose, USO-Metro became one of Emergent’s first nonprofit partners when the program began.
During its five-year relationship, Emergent has twice been included in the USO-Metro Circle of Stars which identifies the most generous annual corporate supporters. This year, Emergent is honored to be recognized as a one-star supporter with contributions of $25,000 and keeps company in this category with Amazon Web Services, Baltimore Orioles, Delta Air Lines, GEICO, PwC, Under Armour, Verizon and the Washington Redskins to name a few.
Emergent employees who have volunteered at events know that the staff and volunteers at USO-Metro have a passion for helping military personnel and their families, and their enthusiasm shines through at every event they organize. We are fortunate to have been involved in many activities over the years, including:
Operation Back-to-School: For five years, Emergent has sponsored and volunteered at this educational event which provides elementary school-aged children of our military with backpacks filled with school supplies. About 60 Emergent employees volunteer each year including at one point, Emergent’s President and CEO, General Counsel and other senior leaders.
In 2014, Emergent sponsored the Fort Meade USO Center, a location where residents are provided with free food, beverages, games, computer access, lounge chairs and big screen TVs for rest and relaxation. Emergent also hosted multiple food drives to help stock the USO Center.
Emergent sponsored the National Guard Indy car at the Baltimore Grand Prix in 2012. The festivities involved displaying the race car and having a meet-and-greet with then-Panther Racing driver JR Hildebrand at Fort Meade for the enjoyment of service members and their families. The sponsorship also enabled attendance of wounded warriors at the race.
This year, Emergent enlisted three years of support for the Baltimore Military Entrance Processing Station (MEPS) USO Lounge, a place where first-deployed service members are processed prior to assignments. Here, they are able to bring their families to see them off or wish them well for their future term of service.
Emergent’s five years of supporting USO-Metro has been a rewarding experience, as we have been involved at many levels. Our employees have seen how important it is for service members to stay connected to their families and to assist in any capacity, from filling backpacks to hosting food drives, will help to advance the USO’s mission.