Giving Tuesday is marked as a one day event to give - whether it's your time or a donation, it's a day that encourages people all around the world to do something good. At Dynetics, we believe we have a moral imperative to give back and strengthen our communities, not just today on Giving Tuesday, but every day. That's why in 2019, we took our giving to another level by contributing to the well-being of our communities through volunteerism and corporate donations with our signature progam, Dynetics Does.
We kicked-off the year by challenging our employees to volunteer 4,500 hours in honor of our 45th anniversary. Our employee-owners surpassed this goal with nearly 7,000 total hours served. From providing food assistance at Manna House, hosting a peanut butter and jelly drive on campus to getting our hands dirty cleaning up yards in Lincoln Village, we put our heart into serving those in need.
We visited our friends at Merrimack Hall Performing Arts Center and gifted them with a $25,000 donation to be used for a 5,000 square foot renovation to provide additional classrooms, office space, conference rooms and a home for the pottery studio. At Dynetics, we believe that the arts is a way to creatively engage with people and help the participants to improve their quality of life.
Our Dynetics Young Professionals went to work with the Land Trust of North Alabama by adopting the Bluffline trail and organized several work days to cut back sections of the trail and refresh trail markers. Because of their efforts, the Land Trust was able to open their new trail on October 5, 2019. Our DYP's volunteered over 200 hours.
On July 1, Dynetics marked our 45th anniversary with an Incorporation Day Celebration. As part of this event, we donated $55,000 to three charitable organizations in North Alabama: Village of Promise, HudsonAlpha Foundation, and the Riley Center. It was a joyous celebration for employees and our community partners as we learned about how these charities are fulfilling a need in our community.
Throughout the year, we continuously supported our veteran and military organizations, gifting over $25,000 to organizations like Forever Young Senior Veterans, Still Serving Veterans, and others.
Today and every day, Dynetics works to make our communities better. We are investing and reinvesting in our communities, helping create a better place to live, not only for our employees and their families, but everyone around us. Our Giving Tuesday is every day.