Outstanding Corporate Citizen's Award for Veteran and Military Advocate Nominee
Vice President of Veteran Outreach
Tell us why and how you support the region’s active-duty/reserve military and/or national intelligence community, their families and/or veterans.
CACI has supported the Armed Forces since our founding in 1962. This long-standing commitment to veterans and military communities is a direct reflection of our culture of ethics and integrity – what we call “good character” – as well as excellence and innovation. CACI is dedicated to serving the nation by helping our customers meet their critical missions. One of the pillars of our corporate philanthropy strategy is to help serve those who served our country.
We exercise this component of our strategy in three significant ways. First, in hiring, we actively recruit transitioning service members, veterans, and military spouses, and provide them with meaningful and rewarding careers.
Second, in partnership and community outreach, CACI actively partners, informs, and engages a network of military, federal, state, academic, and non-profit organizations dedicated to veteran employment assistance and to veteran community support.
And third, in business support, CACI is committed to engaging veteran-owned small businesses and (VOSBs) and service-disabled veteran-owned small businesses (SDVOSBs) as both subcontractors and suppliers.
What makes your company stand out compared to other companies participating in CSR?
Because our organization is so closely linked to the military and these efforts directly tie back to our sustained culture of over 55 years strong, our employees are eager to volunteer with organizations that support the veteran and military communities. It’s part of who we are.
Our CACI Cares program, an industry-recognized and company-wide effort to promote philanthropic activities, brings distinction to our corporate citizenship. Through CACI Cares, we bring employees together to give back to our communities and promote the spirit of teamwork. Our focus includes educating the leaders of tomorrow, fostering community citizenship, and serving those who served.
Through both volunteerism and financial donations CACI supports charitable organizations that provide for veterans and wounded, ill, and injured warriors and their families.
Do you believe contributing back to the community allows your company to have a deeper connection with its clients/customers?
Yes, through philanthropic initiatives, CACI reinforces our commitment to our nation’s national security and serving those who’ve served our country – which also aligns with our customers’ national security missions. CACI is committed to veteran and military communities in the DC area, across the country, and around the world. CACI Cares brings employees together to support our communities and promote the spirit of teamwork. Many of the charitable organizations we support are focused on programs to help veterans and injured warfighters.
What are some events or causes that inspire you and your team?
We’re inspired by America’s veterans, community support groups, and young people who will be tomorrow’s leaders.
CACI is the primary sponsor of Comfort for America’s Uniformed Services (CAUSE) and has supported the organization since its inception. CAUSE is a private, non-profit organization totally staffed by volunteers, that brings comfort and recreation into the lives of America’s young warfighters recuperating from wounds and injuries suffered in battle zones in Afghanistan and Iraq.
CACI also continues to support the Ms. Veteran America Competition and its beneficiary Final Salute Inc., which was started to help homeless women veterans and their children obtain safe and suitable housing.
CACI is a long-term patron of the USO of Metropolitan Washington-Baltimore (USO-Metro). Over the past 12 years, CACI volunteers have logged more than 3,000 hours at USO initiatives. CACI has undertaken substantial financial and volunteer commitments to support these important initiatives. Since the USO Warrior and Family Center at Fort Belvoir, VA center opened in 2013, CACI volunteers have spent more than 700 hours helping to serve over 6,000 service members and their families in the Northern Virginia area. In 2016, CACI volunteered with Pack for Troops by packing 5,000 care packages with needed supplies and snacks for our troops, and with Operation Back to School where employees packed backpacks with needed school supplies then assisted with the distribution of them to children of our military.
Additionally, we’ve volunteered time or donations to: Project Healing Waters; Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS); Yellow Ribbons United; Easter Seals Little Warriors Child Development Program.
These volunteer experiences foster camaraderie and team-building among our veteran and non-veteran employees, which directly translates to strong employee morale.
What advice would you give to companies trying to participate in CSR?
Companies should align their philanthropic efforts with missions that are important to them and encourage employees to participate. Setting an example from the top demonstrates a company’s commitment to philanthropic initiatives. At CACI, both our Chairman and CEO are actively involved in volunteering with veteran-focused organizations. CACI is committed to veteran and military communities in the national capital area, across the country, and around the world. We hope to make a difference with organizations to promote and advance philanthropic activities.