Mission Possible: Delivering Hope
June 23, 2017: A 2016 mission trip to Appalachia touched the heart of Tammy Sullivan, Culpeper District fiscal technician, and no doubt, her church’s work has spread love and encouragement to a hurting community.
Tammy and her church partnered with Hope for Appalachia, which visits schools near the Virginia-Kentucky line to deliver “hope boxes.”
The boxes are filled with school supplies, small toys and toiletries, even the most essential of which are financially out of reach for some.
Before her second mission trip in mid-April, Tammy started a weekly donation drive at the district office for small items like socks, pencils and toothbrushes.
In all, she estimated 100 boxes and bags of VDOT contributions.
Tammy was particularly touched by the generosity of Transportation Operator Manager Charlie Elkins of Bealeton Area Headquarters, who donated items every week.
“Of course, it’s not about the box,” Tammy said. “It’s about showing additional love to a community that needs it.
Helping Families Through The Homestretch
Homestretch, a nonprofit assisting homeless clients, reached out with a list of items needed for a family's transition to an apartment.
Staff donated furnishings and cash, and seven employees offered straight muscle to get the job done.
In one afternoon, they moved a house full of furniture.
To protect those who have suffered spousal abuse, photos of Homestretch's clients or homes are restricted. "Otherwise, we'd have some great shots of our staff hunkered on the floor, trying to decipher assembly instructions!," said District Civil Rights Manager Leslie Martin.
But you can imagine a mother and young son with huge smiles as items came in and the child got to help with his new Star Wars shower curtain and posters.
"It was a great day to do something special for someone on the journey from homelessness to self-supporting," Leslie said.
Richmond District Hosts Student Visit to Benjamin Harrison Memorial Bridge
May 5, 2017: Employees from VDOT's Richmond District recently hosted a tour of the Benjamin Harrison Memorial Bridge over the James River in Charles City/Prince George counties for a group of seven students from the Bridging Communities Regional Career and Technical Center of New Kent.
Southern Region Area Construction Engineer Ron Hobson, Construction Quality Improvement Program Manager Jason Archer of Central Office and Benjamin Harrison Bridge crew member Raymond Atkinson gave the aspiring engineers an overview of the bridge’s construction and history and answered their questions.
The class then toured the bridge’s control room and elevator, learning more about its makeup and the mechanics used to raise the bridge’s lift span for marine traffic.
“Many thanks for hosting our visit to the Benjamin Harrison Bridge,” said Pat Roane, Bridging Communities engineering and technology instructor. “One word describes the afternoon: priceless.”