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Meridian's Community Service & Corporate Stewardship Initiatives

At Meridian, it is important to us to positively contribute to our community. In 2013, we revamped our efforts to give back to the community by creating an Outreach Committee, dedicated to implementing quarterly efforts to support two metro area non-profit organizations. Meridian's President, Matt Williams, and Senior Director of Human Resources, Beth Hayes, offer executive oversight for the committee. In January, the committee selected Cornerstones and Children's Miracle Network as the foci of our 2014 Meridian outreach initiatives. 

Participation in the Meridian Outreach Committee and all outreach events and initiatives is voluntary. All Meridian employees, their friends and their families are welcome and encouraged to participate in Outreach Committee events and initiatives!

Our Community Outreach Partners Include:

ALIVE! logo ALIVE! ( ALexandrians In Volved Ecumenically) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization of volunteers from over 40 religious congregations and the community working together to help those in need in Alexandria, Virginia. ALIVE! is the largest private safety net for the needy in the city of Alexandria, addressing short-term to long-term needs for those less fortunate in the community. Learn more >>

Cornerstones logoCornerstones is a nonprofit organization that promotes self-sufficiency by providing support and advocacy for those in need of food, shelter, affordable housing, quality childcare, and other human services. The organization remains firmly rooted in the Reston community and embraces founder Robert E. Simon’s principle of inclusivity, applying this value - that all may “live, work, play and serve” - in the many communities where we now operate. Learn more >>

Women Giving Back logoWomen Giving Back's (WGB) mission is to support women and children in crisis, and build their confidence and self-esteem, by providing great quality clothing at no cost, assisted by caring and committed volunteers who offer personalized service and interaction. Founded in 2007, the organization supplements HomeAid Northern Virginia, helping transitionally homeless women and children get on their feet with clothes to help them enter the workplace. Learn more >>

Just a few of our Community Outreach initiatives...

Doing Good, Feels Good. Meridian Personnel pictured above (left to right: Beth Hayes, Senior Director of HR; Kerry Gritzner, HR Intern; Diane Miller, AR/AP Staff) with a Meridian delivery truck full of items collected during the company’s 2nd Annual Spring into Summer Clothing Drive, benefiting WGB.

Meridian Concludes Overwhelmingly Successful Clothing Drive for Local Northern VA Charity

Meridian recently concluded an overwhelmingly successful clothing drive to benefit a community outreach partner, Women Giving Back (WGB), a non-profit organization that provides professional clothing to individuals in the Northern Virginia community. WGB, a HomeAid Northern Virginia program, will use the donations contributed by the Meridian employee community to help local disadvantaged women and children fully and confidently participate in work and school.


Meridian Sponsors Mary's Center 5th Annual Golf Classic #Golf2GiveCare

Meridian In The Community: Mary's Center 5th Annual Golf Classic

Meridian Imaging Solutions teed-off as a sponsor of this year’s Mary’s Center 5th Annual Golf Classic!  

Mary’s Center offers all-inclusive services, geared towards assisting individuals and families with attaining physical and mental health, helping them to overcome any life challenges faced. Ultimately, Mary’s Center aims to provide families with a sense of confidence, knowing they are equipped with the necessary tools to effectively care for themselves, while providing them with skills to help move up the economic ladder.


French Fry

Project French Fry: Meridian Employees Raise Funds for Local Animal Shelter

Many Meridianites are pet-parents, so it's no surprise our Community Outreach Committee voted unanimously to support an initiative to help local animals in need. While the Outreach Committee does have a company-sponsored budget, we wanted to do more to raise awareness for the cause among our co-workers and friends, rather than just writing a check. 

Read on for the story of French Fry — the sweet, disabled dog in need of a forever home, who Meridian was honored to help sponsor.



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Office supply scams are widespread and relatively common, yet many organizations still don't know that they exist, much less how to identify and avoid them. This guide outlines the information you need to protect your business from this common scam.
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Timely Talk About IT Security – Wannacry!

By now, I'm just going to assume that most, if not all, of you have at least heard something about the Wannacry! Ransomware.

It’s been all over the news and many of my colleagues and clients have been asking me about it. Unfortunately, I have to deliver some bad news – these kinds of threats are going to continue to be more frequent. They're even getting cooler names from the individuals or groups disseminating them, so the media promotes them more, too...the jury's still out on whether that's a good thing, or a bad thing. 

Related: What DC SMBs Need to Know About Encrypting Ransomware and Malware

While widespread awareness can help slow the spread of bugs like this, it can also inspire copycat attacks from others who want their 15 minutes in the limelight. However, the thing the media's definitely not talking about enough is the fact that this could have been prevented if people simply took proper preventative care of their networks. 

Were you covered for the Wannacry attack? Are you sure or How do you know? Who do you call to get answers about something like this?

Related: Top 5 Risks of Using Outdated Technology


Improving Your Law Firm with Dispatcher Phoenix Legal

Lawyers, paralegals, and other legal professionals go to work each day to address vital issues for their clients. It’s critical that law firms use innovative and advanced solutions to maximize their practice’s productivity.

That’s why we developed Dispatcher Phoenix Legal, our award-winning document workflow application. This legal records management system specifically designed to streamline the processing of case files, affidavits, subpoenas and other legal documents. Dispatcher Phoenix Legal helps our customers with the document-processing challenges that they face every day, driving efficiencies and allowing attorneys to focus on what they do best – the practice of law.

Casner & Edwards, the law firm that was highlighted in a customer success story and blog, used Dispatcher Phoenix to speed their printing process. But that’s not the only way that legal professionals can take advantage of the advanced processing features of Dispatcher Phoenix to work more quickly and accurately.


Construction and Property Management: Technology trends to watch

These are the major changes and technology transformations that are influencing the construction and property management industry.

The construction and property management industry has been experiencing strong growth and expansion, with additional growth anticipated in the coming years — and with growth comes transformation.

There are a handful of technology trends influencing the construction and property management sector that are important for organizations in these fields to be aware of.

By gaining an understanding of the shifts that are taking place, they will be better positioned to recognize which organizational adjustments and operational strategy changes they need to make to prepare for the future and gain a competitive advantage.

In this post, I'll expand on a few notable trends I've noticed or been asked about in my dealings with clients in this field, including:

  1. Increased emphasis on collaboration
  2. Internet of Things (IoT)
  3. Virtual and augmented realities (AR and VR)
  4. Telepresence and automated receptionist systems