Through our SOC Cares program, we aim to give back to our communities. Alongside SOC’s strong belief in our mission, our core values of Safety, Diversity, Integrity and Success are supported by our actions, at work, within the community, and in life. As an industry leader, we take this role seriously.
SOC’s employees contribute volunteer hours and donations, year-after-year, to support philanthropic initiatives closely aligned with the SOC Cares giving programs.
We stand behind our employees, who are the driving factor and heart of the SOC Cares programs. SOC’s dedication to improving the safety and wellness of our communities is a living example of our high ethical standards.
SOC Cares in Africa
SOC Cares impacted the lives of at least 100 schoolchildren in the Central African Republic (CAR) for the holiday season. Guided by our partners at the Department of State and UNICEF, local children in need were presented with backpacks from SOC, each filled with a letter of encouragement, rain ponchos, pencils, pens and paper. In 2014, as a result of fighting and instability, almost two thirds of schools were closed in the CAR and only 144 temporary learning spaces existed across the country. In addition, about 508,800 people were displaced. Those numbers have since grown.
Toys For Tots
SOC Cares participated in its consecutive annual Marine Corps Toys for Tots Drive, which provided Christmas gifts for less fortunate children throughout Virginia’s Fairfax and Loudon Counties. SOC employees donated 150 new, unwrapped toys to the non-profit foundation and helped send a message of hope during the holiday season to some of America’s most disadvantaged children.
Operation First Response
SOC Cares has contributed items of need to wounded soldiers traveling from war zones to combat hospitals. As a first response, injured service-men and women who arrive at trauma centers with nothing more than wounds and bandages, receive backpacks with important personal and clothing items and a letter of support from SOC staff while being treated in combat support hospitals. In 2018, we sent backpacks directly to soldiers in Afghanistan with letters dedicated from our teams, families, and children at local schools. View our video here.
Wreaths Across America
SOC Cares, along with customer partners, have led efforts for several years to contribute to Wreaths Across America in Arlington National Cemetery, Hampton National Cemetery, Philadelphia National Cemetery, Quantico National Cemetery, and Santa Fe National Cemetery, along with several other veteran cemeteries throughout the United States. As part of a larger national campaign to lay a wreath at every soldier’s grave for the holidays, wreath-laying ceremonies simultaneously take place in national cemeteries across the country every year. In Santa Fe, SOC was joined by more than 400 community members, including families, youth groups, local businesses and New Mexico Freedom Riders, placing an average of more than 2,800 wreaths each year. Last year, SOC joined Day & Zimmermann’s Veteran’s Employee Resource Group (VERG) and collected funds for 295 wreaths. More than 100 SOC and Day & Zimmermann employees participated in National Wreaths Across America Day.
SOC Canine Adoption Program
Through our canine placement program we seek to find happy homes that fit the personality of our dogs moving into retirement. Because we love our dogs and grow really close to them, we want to place them somewhere where they will have a great life and get lots of love. SOC Canines are beyond a standard pedigree with a very specific energy, ability and training that requires capable owners with extensive knowledge on canine handling. Once we receive the initial application, our Canine team leaders and canine handlers carefully review and screen potential owners to place our dogs in the right home. Once a family is identified, there are a series of meetings (in-home meetings) and a stringent screening process in place to ensure the fit is right for both dog and owner. SOC has also partnered with canine rescue groups to identify potential families.