For many, the holiday season isn’t just a time to eat delicious food and get showered with gifts, it’s also a time to give back. We asked our employees to talk about their volunteering efforts and how they give back to their communities. Here are some ways our employees help out.
“More than 58,000 adults in Montgomery County (where Nexight offices are located) are unable to read beyond a 4th grade level. Given how often I use reading and writing in my everyday life and my job here at Nexight, I feel compelled to help my neighbors learn the English speaking, reading, and writing skills necessary to excel in our community. Through the Montgomery County Literacy Council, I previously worked to help a woman from Eritrea improve her English skills and obtain U.S. citizenship. I am now working with a woman from Gambia who has lived in the United States for 17 years. She is fully conversant in English but completely illiterate. Unable to attend school due to conflict in her country, she is now learning to read and write English so she can complete forms at the doctor’s office without the assistance of her husband or children and help her 6-year-old daughter with her homework. My experiences tutoring these incredibly compassionate and driven women is more rewarding than I ever imagined. Their smiles, laughter, and hugs of thanks as we celebrate their small victories along the way make every minute worthwhile.” – Sarah Lichtner, Technical Writer and Editor
“I work on my community orchestra’s development team to seek out new funding opportunities and put together fundraising events. The orchestra means a lot to me and is a huge part of my life, so being able to help it grow is a small way for me to give back. Because this group performs music from video games, I view our concerts as a way to engage kids in music and music education at a time when the arts are getting pushed out of curriculums.” – Jenn Ganss, Research and Communications Analyst
“I live only a few miles away from Ellicott City, MD, where flooding in late July severely damaged many of the businesses on the town’s historic Main Street. These businesses were shuttered for months as they rebuilt, and they’ve reopened in time for the holiday season. I was unable to volunteer for any physical rebuilding due to an injury, so I instead intend to give back to my community by buying Christmas gifts for my friends and family from these shops. Not only will I be helping support their return to business, I will be supporting local and small businesses during my holiday shopping.” – Rachel Lanspa, Technical Writer and Editor
“I volunteer with The Bike House, a community-based bicycle repair co-op in Washington, DC. The co-op hosts free clinics in a few locations throughout the city. People bring in bikes to get repaired, and volunteers work with them to diagnose issues and show them how to make the repairs themselves. I originally joined to learn how to fix my own bike. It’s empowering to be able to make basic repairs on my bike myself now, and I also found it really rewarding to help others learn to do the same. One of my favorite memories includes a little girl lighting up when I handed her a screwdriver to show her how to fix her brakes herself. Our season just ended, but it’ll start up again once the weather’s a bit warmer, usually in March!” – Victoria Markovitz, Communications Specialist
Nexight is proud of its employees for giving back, and is also developing partnerships with other local nonprofits to create company-wide volunteering efforts. Our aim is to leverage our core expertise areas—including communications, strategic planning, facilitation, project management, and data analysis—to assist nonprofits with their programs. We’ll post more on those efforts once they’re finalized, and are looking forward to becoming a more integral part of our community.