Research Triangle Park, NC, June 20, 2015 --(PR.com
)-- More than 225 Lenovo employees joined in a day of volunteerism at the Lenovo Enterprise Business Group on Thursday, June 18 to help build more than 220 bicycles and tricycles for children of military families serving on bases and ships in North Carolina. This event was held in support of United Service Organization’s (USO) Operation: That’s My Ride.
In small teams, Lenovo volunteers worked in morning, midday and afternoon shifts at eight different stations to complete a bike from assembly through quality inspection. Upon completion, 13 children from military families were surprised with bikes and Lenovo technology during the closing event. The rest of the bikes will be awarded at USO events throughout the summer and around the holidays. The closing ceremony featured a performance by the USO Show Troupe, featuring renowned performers with extensive Broadway, Off-Broadway, film and TV credits. The Show Troupe’s performances are produced in collaboration with Grammy, Emmy and Tony Award-winning writers, arrangers and choreographers. In addition, the NC Helicopter Pilots Association and the US Veteran Corps brought in several military vehicles to be on display for the event. USO’s Operation: That’s My Ride has been building bicycles and tricycles for children of military families since 2007. Since then, more than 20,000 bicycles and tricycles have been built.
U.S. military and veteran support is a critical component of Lenovo’s community outreach platform. Lenovo seeks opportunities to give back through partnerships with USO and nonprofit organizations that help get technology into the homes of active military and veterans. Lenovo is a proud technology partner at USO North Carolina, equipping all centers with Lenovo technology to help soldiers and veterans stay in touch with family members as well as process in and out. USO North Carolina uses this technology to collaborate with nonprofit partners like Hire Heroes to aid in military career-transition services, which rely heavily on access to technology. In addition to supporting their family reading initiatives, homecomings and holiday celebrations, Lenovo has created Technology Centers for the USO at RDU, Fort Bragg and throughout North Carolina, as well as in Washington, DC. Lenovo is committed to helping enable greater opportunities for veterans in the community.
“Lenovo was proud to thank our nation’s military families by participating in Operation: That’s My Ride,” said Jay Parker, senior vice president of Lenovo Enterprise Group. “Recognizing the children of military families gave our employees the opportunity to thank and honor the sacrifices they and their parents make for our country. Community service is the foundation of Lenovo’s culture, and we encourage all employees to give back to our troops.”
“We are excited that Lenovo was able to join us in honoring our nation’s military families,” said John Falkenbury, president and chief operating officer of USO of North Carolina. “Partnering with companies like Lenovo allows us to create hands-on opportunities for the community to come together and let the children of military families know that the sacrifices they make are not forgotten.”
The USO of North Carolina leads the way to enrich the lives of America’s military in the Carolinas by providing critical programs and services that improve their well-being. Its mission is to lift the spirits of America’s troops and their families and serve as the link between NC citizens and our troops. Founded in 1941, the USO of NC is a nonprofit, charitable organization, relying on the generosity of North Carolinians to support its programs and services. The USO of NC touches more than 575,000 lives annually, helping our troops and their families through education, wellness, transition assistance and resiliency programs across the state. Through the Every Moment Counts campaign, the USO of NC is rallying businesses and individuals to support our troops and create everyday moments that Americans take for granted. Combined Federal Campaign donors have joined thousands of individual donors, Bank of America, Cannon Foundation, Harris Teeter, Kangaroo Express, Lenovo, Marine Federal Credit Union, Walmart and other corporate partners to support the USO of NC and our troops.
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