tlc-vday-2016-1 Wednesday, December 14, 2016, 10:29
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How We Give Back – Year after Year

From helping rebuild homes after Katrina to running a 5K to raise funds for a children’s hospital, from collecting and donating goody bags for the families of veterans to feeding the homeless, The Lukens Company annually donates its time and resources to charities big and small, local and nationwide. This year was no different and TLC-ers from all departments came together to help support homeless and poverty-stricken residents of the Greater D.C.-area for a day.


During our TLC Annual Holiday Volunteer Activity day last week, our staff split into two groups: one group headed into Northeast D.C. to support SOME and the other half went out to Reston, VA to lend a hand at the Cornerstones’ Embry Rucker Community Shelter.

SOME – So Others Might Eat – is an interfaith community organization that helps the poor and homeless in Washington, D.C. Founded in 1970 by Father Horace McKenna, S.J. and a group of priests, ministers and lay persons, the organization works to restore hope and dignity one person at a time. SOME provides immediate daily needs, such as food, clothing, and healthcare, as well as addiction treatment services, mental health counseling, job training, and affordable housing.

Employees of The Lukens Company volunteered their time and man power on December 7th to SOME and helped organize their warehouse and stock Christmas gift boxes that will be given out to SOME’s clients this holiday season.

While half of TLC’s Arlington office was busy in The District, the other half was working hard out in Reston, VA. Embry Rucker Community Shelter is part of the Cornerstones network of programs and services dedicated to promoting self-sufficiency and stable lives to homeless and poor Reston residents. The Embry Rucker Community Shelter provides emergency shelter for families and single men and women 24-hours a day, 365-days a year. In addition to being a 70-bed residential shelter complete with laundry machines, nutritious meals, and shower facilities, the ERCS also connects clients to child care, medical treatment, financial counseling, affordable housing solution specialists, and more.

TLC staff lent a helping hand by helping ERCS staff set up their Hypothermia Prevention site, which operates December 1 through March 31 annually, and also prepare for that day’s lunch.

SOME and Cornerstones each operate 365 days a year and welcome volunteers and donations year round. If you would like to volunteer your time or donate goods, please contact each facility through the links below.