Being a good citizen.
Catapult sponsors projects, activities, and causes that give back to the veteran community, raise funds for agency organizations, and support entrepreneurial affinity. Our people get involved on both the corporate and individual level on a variety of initiatives for various organizations throughout the region.
Fair Chance is a 501c3 organization that dedicates experienced business leaders to a number of Washington, DC area nonprofits. Fair Chance finds experts from the world of business to help these nonprofits better run their organization; from lending expertise to help develop boards of directors to financial management and strategic planning, Fair Chance helps nonprofits meet their missions to improve the lives of children and youth living in poverty. Catapult has recently committed to Fair Chance; look for more news about our participation as we get more involved!
Year Up is a one-year, intensive training program that provides low-income, urban young adults with a unique combination of technical and professional skills, college credits, and hands-on experience through a corporate internship. Catapult has hosted several interns over the years, who have worked on contracts as service desk technicians, honing skills that they will be able to apply to a full-time career.
The Maryland Chamber of Commerce
The Maryland Chamber of Commerce is Maryland’s leading voice for business. Catapult joined this statewide business advocacy organization in February 2013.
Catapult’s mentor-protégé program is an integral part of our sourcing plans. We build long-range relationships with small businesses, providing mutually beneficial developmental assistance, which helps small businesses expand their technical capabilities while broadening their customer base. Catapult is participating in the General Services Administration’s (GSA) Mentor-Protege Program, mentoring three small businesses: Dexisive, a woman-owned, Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business (SDVOSB); Federal Data Systems (FDS), a SDVOSB; and NSR Solutions, a 8(a) HUBZone, woman-owned small business. In April 2011, Catapult won the Administrator’s Award for Mentorship Excellence in recognition of Catapult’s participation in GSA’s Mentor-Protégé program. The award was presented to Catapult and its protégé, DEXISIVE, Inc., by GSA Administrator Martha Johnson at GSA’s first Small Business Mentor-Protégé Conference.
Veterans Affairs Medical Center
Founder and former CEO Randy Slager, a disabled Vietnam-era veteran, made it a personal imperative to underwrite and attend a special annual event for patients of the Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Trauma Services Unit at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Washington, DC.
National Guard Youth Foundation
Catapult participates in the National Guard Youth Foundation (NGYF) by hosting an internship that provides professional work experience and leadership skills. A mentor from our operations staff provides hands-on work experiences for our intern, who is an honors graduate of the NGYF’s ChalleNGe Academy, over a period of six months. We’re proud to be involved with this organization which helps change the lives of many young people to keep them on a track toward a professional future.
Catapult Headquarters personnel participated in the 9th annual “Operation Jump Start IX,” collecting business attire, gift cards, and cash donations to help the soldiers of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom transition to civilian careers. The event was held on February 4, 2013 at the Army-Navy Club in Arlington, Virginia, and is supported by ACT-IAC, AFCEA-Bethesda, AFFIRM, and GITEC. Catapult’s Director of Business Development, Sonja Twiford, led the drive at Catapult HQ.
National Foundation for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE)
President and CEO Mark E. Hunker participates in the National Foundation for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE), whose mission it is to teach entrepreneurship to young people from low-income communities and improve their business, academic, and life skills.
American Council for Technology (ACT)-Industry Advisory Council (IAC) Human Capital Shared Interest Group (SIG)
President and CEO Mark Hunker is the Chair of ACT-IAC Human Capital SIG, fostering partnership on human capital and workforce issues and development. ACT-IAC is a non-profit dedicated to improving government through the application of information technology.