Community Outreach

Meridian's Community Service & Corporate Stewardship Initiatives

As a locally-focused company, the Meridian team values opportunities to positively contribute to our community. 

In 2013, we revamped our efforts to give back to the community by creating a formal Community Outreach Committee, dedicated to implementing quarterly efforts to support metro area non-profit organizations and other causes important to members of our team. 

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!

Some of Our Community Outreach Partners Include:

ALIVE! logo ALIVE! ( ALexandrians InVolved 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 >>

Screen Shot 2018-03-16 at 12.13.18 PM.pngCornerstones 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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The Benefits of In-House Production Printing vs Outsourced Printing

Modern print technology has made it possible to produce large volumes of high-quality printed material right in the office. Depending on the size of your office, and your organization’s needs, print solutions are available in-house that in the past were only found at professional print facilities. In fact, print technology is so good now, particularly the multifunction printer (MFP), that many commercial print shops use the same machines found in many offices.

So, aside from the availability of professional equipment, why are many businesses now considering bringing production printing capabilities in-house?

Read on to learn more about the factors involved when considering in-house production printing vs. outsourced commercial printing, including:

  • Cost savings
  • Security
  • Control
  • Convenience and timing

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

How to Take Stress Off Your IT Department: Go Hybrid

Outsourced IT professionals can support existing departments.

Partnering with a managed IT services provider (MSP) for a Hybrid IT approach enhances your internal IT department with much-needed support, specialized skills and more — without the expense of adding headcount.

Not every business has the staff within their existing organization that they may need, especially with today's quickly-evolving technology landscape

As Gordon Haff states in his article, Why IT Went Hybrid (And Why It Matters), "it's probably impossible to do everything in-house — and it's certainly not economically sensible." 

Haff is right on target, as more and more situations require specialized skills, such as those specific to cybersecurity, physical security, strategic planning or technology upgrade projects. When these situations arise, a company that attempts to solely handle them in-house, on top of their existing workload, can put too much weight on internal IT departments, leaving them less likely to succeed.

Read on to learn how we partner with many of our clients to alleviate these stresses, because your team deserves the resources and support necessary to succeed.