Meridian Means Service — not just to our thousands of clients, but also to our community.
In 2013 Meridian created our Community Outreach Committee. This team consists of employees from all sectors of the Meridian family and is completely voluntary. The committee meets monthly to discuss at issues and organizations about which we are passionate and decide how best we can serve them. Examples of some of the organizations we have supported include the Children’s National Miracle Network and Cornerstones.
In the beginning of 2015, I brought a group to the table that is personally near and dear to my heart, COPS, which stands for Concerns of Police Survivors. The Maryland Chapter of Concerns of Police Survivors is a statewide non-profit organization providing programs and services for the survivors of law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty in the state of Maryland. Survivors include their family, friends, and co-workers. I am a survivor.
Prior to joining the Meridian team, I worked in various law enforcement agencies for 8 years. On April 8, 2007 I received a call that no police officer wants to get. A friend, and fellow shift mate, was killed in the line of duty, while chasing a drunk driver. My shift mates and I were struck hard by this.
Almost immediately, members of COPS showed up at the hospital to support his family. Within days, they had also reached out to our shift, offering support. This organization helped us all tremendously, and still do to this day.
Ok, enough of the depressing stuff. As a non-profit, COPS relies heavily on donations as well as 2 major fund raising events per year. One of these events is the Annual Captain Bob Gibson Fishing Tournament, named after the gentleman who created the event seven years ago, which is held in Rock Hall, MD. All the charter boats and personnel volunteer their time, and all proceeds go directly to the MD Chapter of COPS.
On September 15th, members of the Meridian family traveled to Rock Hall to support COPS at this year's tournament and enjoy a beautiful day of fishing alongside Maryland’s survivors and their friends. After all the fishing was done, we were treated to a crab feast, sponsored by Waterman’s Crab House. During the awards ceremony, members of the Meridian Outreach Committee presented COPS with a check for $1,000.
It's so important to work at a company that not only lets me pursue my passions, but also supports them like the Meridian Community Outreach team did in this case. Our overarching mission to provide great service helps drive everyone toward a common mission and keeps me motivated. I look forward to supporting COPS more in the future, as well as issues and events that are near and dear to my other team members.