Led by a West Point graduate dedicated to helping women veterans, business supports “Next Uniform” event, donating to important charity drive.
Chantilly, Va., August 8, 2018—Chenega Technical Innovations (ChenegaTI), a subsidiary of Alaskan Native Corporation (ANC) Chenega Corporation, is teaming up with a local Washington DC-area non-profit group on a critical mission to assist women veterans in their transition into civilian life.
ChenegaTI employees are participating in a clothing drive to benefit Final Salute’s “Next Uniform 2018.” The event is being held on Saturday, August 25, from 12 pm – 5 pm, at the Durant Recreation Center, 1605 Cameron Street, in Alexandria, Va.
Final Salute Inc. is a (501(c)3) non-profit organization dedicated to providing image support for women veterans and military women in career transition. Founded in 2010 by Jaspen Boothe, the organization’s overall mission is to provide homeless women veterans with safe and suitable housing. Final Salute estimates there are about 55,000 homeless women veterans in the U.S. on any given day.
ChenegaTI President Heather Lacroix — a former U.S. Army officer and West Point graduate — is generously donating her time to volunteer at the event. “The Next Uniform program is an important cause to assist transitioning women veterans,” said Lacroix. “Sometimes military service gets in the way of keeping up with the world surrounding you. Women who served in uniform have so much to offer our country. This type of program helps everyone recognize that.”
ChenegaTI staff will be collecting gently-used women’s business attire (both formal and business casual) as well as dress shoes, purses and other accessories from Monday, August 6 – Thursday, August 16, at their business office in Lorton.
Event participants will be provided free professional business attire, dress shoes, accessories, and makeovers, as well as image consulting and professional headshots.
“Your image can play such a vital part of the right first impression with potential employers,” said Lacroix. “This type of program can make a real difference.”
Final Salute Inc. Founder and President, Jaspen (Jas) Boothe, had this to say about ChenegaTI’s involvement, “Chenega Corporation understands it takes a village and a strong community to support veterans after they have transitioned from the military. We appreciate ChenegaTI President, Heather Lacroix for not only rolling up her sleeves, but also mobilizing her company to support our Next Uniform event on Aug 25th. We could not complete our mission without Patriots like ChenegaTI.”