Each year, Southland maintains community outreach relationships from previous years while building new relationships in order to benefit the community. Our commitments to community outreach are made more meaningful, as many of Southland’s Mid-Atlantic Division employees live in the county we support. In the past, our division’s community outreach efforts have run the gamut from supporting Habitat for Humanity in Loudoun County to raising money for Loudoun Youth, Inc.
In March 2014, our division was invited to participate in the Loudoun Habitat for Humanity 3rd Annual Masquerade Ball and Silent Auction at River Creek Country Club after recent contributions to the organization. Later that month, Southland held its 3rd Annual Texas Hold’em Poker Tournament, which raised $2,300 for the Helping Haitian Angels organization which cares for orphaned and abandoned children in Northern Haiti. The money will be used to build a new well for one of the local villages.
Additionally, Mid-Atlantic Division Leader Mike Miller and Vice President of Business Development Mark Kosin served as judges for the 2014 Step Up Loudoun Youth Competition on April 1, 2014. This program was started in 2004 as a way for local youths to speak out about issues they observe in their schools and communities. The goal is to encourage, support, and reward the youth of Loudoun County, Virginia for making positive changes in their own lives and the lives of others. Step Up Loudoun Youth is a collaboration between Loudoun Youth Inc., Loudoun County PRCS, the Advisory Commission on Youth, Leadership Loudoun, and Loudoun County Public Schools.
Mark Kosin stated, “It was such a great experience to see our next generation take on some of their largest and most important life—as well as global—challenges, including poverty, bullying, cyber-bullying, internet safety, academic pressure, self-esteem, nutrition/obesity, stress, depression, and suicide. As a parent, it was reassuring to me that our next generation recognizes and is engaged in the problems within the world and has a desire to make a difference. The lessons that these kids have learned will remain with them for the rest of their lives.”
On May 5th, our division participated in as well as sponsored the 5thAnnual AOL 5k and Fun Run. All proceeds from the race went to the Loudoun Youth Inc. nonprofit organization to assist in the development of youth programs and to create leadership opportunities for young people. We wholeheartedly support organization due to the positive out-of-school activities in safe, nurturing environments it provides for teens in order to help them become confident and contributing members of the community.
With the advent of summer, the Mid-Atlantic Division will also continue to participate in local efforts organized by Habitat for Humanity. In addition to the active employees within our division, our summer interns will have the opportunity to be intricately involved in this season’s initiatives. Later in the season, we will hold our 6th Annual Tee-Off for Charity Golf Tournament, too. In September 2013, the event raised approximately $55,000 for local non-profit organizations including Loudoun Youth, Inc. and Loudoun Habitat for Humanity. We look forward to many more successful events throughout 2014 and pledging our continued support to these organizations that benefit the community in so many positive ways.
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