Crew 'Cowboy's Up' For Charity
Oct. 2, 2019: As part of their community service leave, crew members from the Virginia Department of Transportation's Dublin Area Headquarters in Pulaski County got their boots and hats on to volunteer for the 10th annual Kim Jones Memorial Pink Hat Classic Team Roping competition.
Before the event, the crew helped by setting up tents, chairs, holding pens and chutes.
They also prepared the grounds by mowing, weed-eating and doing anything else that was asked of them.
After the event, they returned that following Monday and helped by taking it all down.
The money raised from this event helps provide Christmas presents to children at Duke University Cancer Center and scholarships for local students and cancer patients.
This was the Dublin Area Headquarters’ fifth year supporting this event.
Touch a Truck
Sept. 19, 2019: Recently, the Virginia Department of Transportation's Salem District’s Christiansburg Residency participated in the Fifth Annual New River Valley Touch-A-Truck event.
It featured dump trucks, police cars, a helicopter and more for local children to experience up close.
VDOT’s snow blower, tandem dump truck, loader truck and motor grader – all with snow plows – were a big hit.
Children had the opportunity to explore these vehicles safely, blast the horns and sirens and ask the drivers questions about their job.
There were other activities at the event, including arts and crafts, remote controlled trucks and face painting.
The New River Valley Home Builders Association organized the free annual event to provide a fun way to get children’s imaginations in gear so they can learn about the careers that involve these vehicles.
They praised VDOT for supporting their event, which featured 50 organizations, 53 vehicles and 4,000 attendees.
VDOT's Salem District Received National Guard and Reserve Award
July 29, 2019: To recognize employers who support National Guard and Reserve employees, each state’s Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) committee grants a series of Department of Defense awards.
Recently, Virginia’s ESGR committee awarded the Virginia Department of Transportation's (VDOT) Salem District their highest award, the Pro Patria Award, recognizing leadership and personnel policies that make it easier for employees to participate in the National Guard and Reserve.
“Receiving the ESGR Pro Patria award was quite an honor," said District Materials Engineer Travis Higgs.
“It helped me realize how VDOT’s support creates an avenue for talented individuals to pursue a career of choice, but also allows them to be available to aid when called upon to defend our country.”
The nomination was made by citizen soldier Donald Martin, who works in the district Materials office.