Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano with Meridian staff members
During a busy inaugural weekend in Washington, DC, Meridian proudly contributed to the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and his inspiring spirit of volunteerism through service. On Saturday, January 19, 2013 a team of Meridian staff joined other community members and prominent leaders - including Secretary of Homeland Security, Janet Napolitano - at the DC Armory to prepare care packages for U.S. troops living overseas. Unite America in Service was a city-wide effort coordinated by the Corporation for National and Community Service, Points of Light and Target and endorsed by the Presidential Inauguration Committee.
2013 DC Knit-In
On Sunday, January 20, 2013, Meridian’s Global Service Leaders (GSL) co-hosted the 2013 DC Knit-In with the School Without Walls and a number of local craft stores, knitting clubs, and arts collectives. With a diverse and inter-generational group of over 150 volunteers—ranging from Girl Scouts to expert fiber-arts enthusiasts, the event was an overwhelming success. The goal of the project was to both knit hats for the homeless and to collect winter clothes for DC’s most in-need communities. We share special thanks with Looped Yarn Works, The Emergence Community Arts Collective, Solitude Wool, Michaels, A Tangled Skein, Knit for ARC, and the Knitting Loft, as well as our partner and host, School Without Walls, and those who came from far and wide to share a day of collegial knitting and crocheting. All donations will be shared with So Others Might Eat (SOME), an interfaith, community-based organization that exists to help the poor and homeless of our nation's capital.