Helping our community is part of Horizon's mission and culture. In 2003, we formalized our company-wide Community Service Program to encourage all employees to give back to their communities and to make it possible for them to do so.
Horizon employees volunteer their time and service for many worthy causes, including but not limited to -- Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship, Devotion to Children, The USO, Susan G. Komen, Red Cross, Alternative House, Habitat for Humanity Tigerlily Foundation, Loudoun Interfaith Relief and Blue Ridge Area Food Bank, Inc. In addition, we conduct at least one annual service project for all employees to contribute to together like Make a Wish Foundation, Toys for Tots and other similar organizations. For several years, the Horizon staff has rallied to personally contribute basic supplies and treats for our military personnel – inviting our clients and vendors to join in as well – coordinating all donations and shipping them to various overseas locations to include Iraq and Afghanistan. Horizon also sends holiday cards to military personnel recuperating at Walter Reed Hospital.
We strongly believe that, as members of our communities, it is our obligation - and our pleasure - to contribute in whatever way we can to the goal of making our communities better places to live, work and thrive. At Horizon we will continue to serve others in any way we can, as a team and as individuals. Nothing else in life compares to the satisfaction of knowing we have helped someone else in some way - however large or small - in our jobs and in our communities.
In the past years, we’ve helped our local and national communities in many ways. Here are just a few:
Horizon supports furthering education whenever the opportunity presents itself. Its headquarters location sponsored a local Chamber of Commerce event called Casino Royale. The night benefitted workforce and education initiatives as well as student scholarships. The event raised $10,000 for homeless students in Fairfax County, Virginia. In addition, Horizon sponsored the DC Region of Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship’s (NFTE) 16th Annual Dare to Dream Gala, whose mission is to provide programs that inspire young people from low income communities to stay in school, to recognize business opportunities and to plan for successful futures. The event brought together more than 800 people and raised over $440,000 to support the 1,100 students NFTE serves across the Washington region.
Horizon employees donate their time to churches, the community and local organizations in each community in which we work. Horizon’s President and CEO, Wanda Alexis Alexander, volunteered her time as keynote speaker for the Women as Veteran Entrepreneurs’ (WAVE) 3rd Annual Women Veterans Small Business Seminar. In addition, Ms. Alexander volunteered on the University Of Maryland Alumni Association Board Of Governors. She served as chair of the Scholarship Committee which awards scholarships to undergraduate and graduate students, and served as the Board’s President from 2015-2017. She currently serves as a member of the University’s Board of Trustees.
In each of Horizon’s offices, clothing items were donated to help the unemployed maintain a professional work appearance. Horizon’s headquarters team donated over ten boxes of clothing and kitchen items to a local women’s shelter, while Horizon’s Executive Team donated and purchased books for Senegalese children and supplied money to numerous toy drives throughout the holiday seasons. Toys were also donated by Horizon employees to Toys for Tots – an initiative to make the holidays brighter for deserving children.
Horizon provides monetary support to local and national organizations when it is able to. Horizon supported NFTE DC and other local programs to include Prison Fellowship, Loudoun Interfaith Relief, Devotion to Children, Blue Ridge Area Food Bank, Inc., Tigerlily Foundation and Smashing Walnuts Foundation. Horizon also provides financial donations to The Red Cross during devastations, like the deadly tornado which tore through the Oklahoma City suburb of Moore and support for recovery after 9/11 and Katrina, massive fires in California and Hurricane Sandy, just to name a few.
At Horizon we will continue to serve others in any way we can, as a team and as individuals. Nothing else in life compares to the satisfaction of knowing we have helped someone else in some way - however large or small - in our jobs and in our communities.