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Thanks to the support from golfers and sponsors, NOVEC HELPS raised more than $33,000 for Northern Virginia charities, youth programs, and other organizations at the 2021 NOVEC HELPS Annual Charity Golf Tournament at Bull Run Golf Club in Haymarket, VA.


"The overnight downpours didn't put a damper on this year's golf tournament!" says Nan Musick, NOVEC HELPS Board of Directors chairperson. "Undeterred golfers and sponsors were rewarded with the sun coming out right about start time. A big thank you to all of our sponsors and to Bull Run Golf Club for making this year's tournament such a success."


Tournament Winners


First Place – Jerry Lee, Bill Hart, Pat Howle

Second Place – Bill Hamlin, Matt Coleman, Tom Rollins, Dustin Dobson

Third Place – Drew Skinner, Tom Weaver, Martin Jackson, Tim Grahl


Team Photos


Thank you to our sponsors!


Platinum Sponsors

Bradley Electro Sales Corp.

Lee Electrical Construction, Inc.

New River Electrical Corp.

The Okonite Company


Banquet

Burns & McDonnell

Jennings, Strouss & Salmon, PLC

NOVEC


Beverage

NEXTEra Energy


Player Gift

Amazon Web Services


Gold

Cintas of Culpepper

Deporter, Dominick & Associates, LLC

Dewberry

Eaton/Anixter

MEPPI

Nokia

NRTC

Prospect Solar

Utility Sales Associates


Silver

HomeServe USA


Bronze

EDF Energy North America

Lekson Associates


Hole

Atlantic Power Sales

Commonwealth Consultants

Electel Cooperative Credit Union

KO Distilling

Munich RE

NOVEC Energy Solutions

NOVEC Solutions

PowerTech

Smart Grid Solutions

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Each year, NOVEC employees have the chance to work in the community to help organizations through Day of Caring. This year NOVEC HELPS partnered with Western Fairfax Christian Ministries and House of Mercy. Both organizations help families in crisis by providing food, financial assistance, and educational classes along with other services.


While HELPS has assisted both of these groups financially this year, participating in a hands-on fashion was an innovative way for employees to see the impact of their work immediately. In August, nearly 40 NOVEC employees split between the two volunteering locations to help with a wide range of tasks. Kristine Hurt, food pantry manager at WFCM, says having volunteers come to fill the gaps is crucial. “Without the volunteers, we wouldn't have people to bag the food for our clients, to stock the food on the shelves,” Hurt said. “If we didn't have volunteers, we wouldn't be operating.”


Volunteers at Western Fairfax Christian Ministries cleaned and rearranged shelves in the food pantry in the morning and then packed 300 bags of food to be delivered to Chantilly High School in the afternoon. Jessica Torres-Cervetto, NOVEC customer care representative and NOVEC HELPS board member, called the opportunity to participate rewarding. “The feeling was awesome! It was a blessing to be able to give back by being part of this wonderful team.”


In addition to assisting with the food pantry at House of Mercy, volunteers were able to fulfill a longtime goal of the staff. “We have been talking about building a composting bin for a couple of months now,” says Sophia Crooks, program manager at House of Mercy. “Since we are so short staffed, we have had to put other more forefront tasks first, so the NOVEC HELPS volunteers made a huge and long-lasting impact to House of Mercy.” NOVEC HELPS says thank you to all employees who participated and helped make this event a success.


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Updated: Jul 2

Living in Northern Virginia, it’s easy to see how crucial STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) education is for children. However, not every student is able to get proper access, especially low-income students and students of color. A study from the U.S. Department of Education showed that among high schools with high Black and Latino enrollment, they offered mathematics and science courses at a lower rate than the overall population of all high schools. This disparity plays out more when other socioeconomic factors are taken into consideration.


Monica Nichols, Pink Space Theory founder and president, hopes to close the gender and race inequality gap in the STEM community.

For Monica Nichols, creating a place for children, especially young girls, was a calling in response to struggles she faced growing up. “My personal struggles with math inspired me to start Pink Space Theory to help build STEAM skills early on in underrepresented youth,” she said.


Nichols, Pink Space Theory founder and president, says she created the nonprofit organization to help close the gender and race inequality gaps she found in the STEM community. In order to accomplish that, she began to work, building connections and creating a platform to inspire and build what she considers a crucial skill set. “As an African-American female engineer, I want to do my part by providing youth, especially girls, with learning opportunities to engage, expose, and empower them to want to explore the wonderful world of STEAM. We add the "A" for arts to STEM to make it STEAM because we believe it is equally important to strike a balance between creativity and analysis.”


Pink Space Theory participant shows off the wind turbine she built as part of the Girl Power Intro to Green Living workshop. Photo by Endless Expressions Photography

This fall, Pink Space Theory will be partnering with NOVEC HELPS and NOVEC to hold their first Solar Design Stars workshop benefitting a Title 1 school in Prince William County. The 3-week program will teach participants the importance of green energy and environmental stewardship, while introducing them to the engineering design process. They will also learn about careers in renewable energy. The partnership between NOVEC HELPS and NOVEC will cover the program expenses, including paying for a local county teacher, George Mason University instruction, and solar kits. At the end of the three weeks, students will participate in a design challenge to make a solar-powered boat and local engineers will judge it.

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