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CDM Smith Cares

CDM Smith CaresThe CDM Smith Cares program en­cour­ages employee-led vol­un­teer outreach ac­tiv­i­ties that build com­mu­nity and improve quality of life through local efforts. Our em­ploy­ees have a strong com­mit­ment to helping com­mu­ni­ties—our own and those in need around the world. We are active, caring citizens who con­tribute thou­sands of hours annually to civic and char­i­ta­ble causes. We are global citizens, an­swer­ing the call of those in dis­tressed com­mu­ni­ties, helping others to help them­selves, and creating legacies of hope for future gen­er­a­tions.

What Giving Back Looks Like at CDM Smith

Employees participated in a Water Palooza event where students engaged in activities that promote hands-on learning about water.
CDM Smith employees hosted a local fundraiser to support Water for People.
CDM Smith employees donated school supplies to help underprivileged children.
Employees participated in a Water Palooza event where students engaged in activities that promote hands-on learning about water.
CDM Smith employees hosted a local fundraiser to support Water for People.
CDM Smith employees donated school supplies to help underprivileged children.
11th Annual Water For People Golf Tournament held at the Kingsmill Woods Course in Williamsburg VA.
CDM Smith employees spent the day exploring the city with children and a group of CDM Smith's employees performed for them. 
11th Annual Water For People Golf Tournament held at the Kingsmill Woods Course in Williamsburg VA.
CDM Smith employees spent the day exploring the city with children and a group of CDM Smith's employees performed for them. 
The Virginia Beach (and Richmond) office participated in the 29th Annual Clean the Bay Day organized by the Chesapeake Bay Foundation.
Employees participated in the YMCA Operation Backpack which collects supplies for underprivileged children.
In the wake of the Orlando shooting, CDM Smith employees united together to show their support for those impacted by violence.
The Virginia Beach (and Richmond) office participated in the 29th Annual Clean the Bay Day organized by the Chesapeake Bay Foundation.
Employees participated in the YMCA Operation Backpack which collects supplies for underprivileged children.
In the wake of the Orlando shooting, CDM Smith employees united together to show their support for those impacted by violence.
Students learn about the importance of STEM education from a CDM Smith employee.
Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful's annual clean-up event in association with the Great American Cleanup.
Students learn about the importance of STEM education from a CDM Smith employee.
Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful's annual clean-up event in association with the Great American Cleanup.
Several representatives from the Knoxville office ran/walked in the 2nd annual Urban Runoff 5K.
The CDM Smith "Walk Squad"  collected money for the National MS Society at the MS Walk.
Several representatives from the Knoxville office ran/walked in the 2nd annual Urban Runoff 5K.
The CDM Smith "Walk Squad"  collected money for the National MS Society at the MS Walk.

Community Volunteerism

The CDM Smith Cares program is a grass-roots, vol­un­teer program–im­ple­mented at the local level by em­ploy­ees–that supports a number of com­mu­nity and char­i­ta­ble or­ga­ni­za­tions such as Toys for Tots, United Way, local food banks and disaster relief efforts. The CDM Smith Cares struc­ture supports local com­mu­nity outreach ac­tiv­i­ties by lever­ag­ing the combined re­sources of CDM Smith and the vol­un­teers who dedicate them­selves to these efforts.

CDM Smith believes that just a few ded­i­cated minutes can shape the future of students. We un­der­stand the im­por­tance of ed­u­cat­ing students in science, tech­nol­ogy, en­gi­neer­ing and math (STEM) subjects. Em­ploy­ees vol­un­teer their time in the class­room with students of all ages dis­cussing projects and real-life sce­nar­ios. Various CDM Smith lo­ca­tions invite college en­gi­neer­ing students to their offices to provide an interactive experience and show what a day in the life is like. Ad­di­tion­ally, we host a number of events through­out the year, in­clud­ing “In­tro­duc­ing a Girl to En­gi­neer­ing Program”, in part­ner­ship with National En­gi­neer­ing week. 

In 2016, our em­ploy­ees recorded more than 1,500 vol­un­teer hours and raised nearly $25,000 in support of our local and global com­mu­ni­ties.  

Engineers Without Borders

Engineers Without Borders The goal of En­gi­neers With­out Bor­ders (EWB) is to make an im­pact to those com­mu­ni­ties that seek help by en­gag­ing with them di­rectly to finding options for solving their prob­lems or meet­ing their basic needs. CDM Smith has been an official corporate partner of Engineers Without Borders - USA since 2007.

This part­ner­ship pro­vides sup­port in the fol­low­ing areas:

  • Safer drink­ing water
  • Ap­pro­pri­ate and im­proved san­i­ta­tion
  • Cross­ing difficult or unsafe terrain
  • Flood mit­i­ga­tion and/or ero­sion con­trol
  • Im­prov­ing farm­ing and pro­duc­tion ca­pa­bil­i­ties
  • Pro­vid­ing con­sis­tent, re­li­able en­ergy

This com­mu­nity-dri­ven de­vel­op­ment ap­proach by EWB-USA while fos­ter­ing our fu­ture lead­ers is an ex­cel­lent match for CDM Smith and all its em­ploy­ees. The firm and our employees support EWB-USA financially and most importantly, our employees volunteer their time and ex­pertise on pro­gram and pro­ject teams. For em­ploy­ees that di­rectly par­tic­i­pate, they can re­ceive grant funds for their ef­forts. In ad­di­tion, our em­ploy­ees lead local chap­ters, serve on com­mit­tees, and or­ga­nize fundrais­ing events to sup­port the work.

Since the in­cep­tion of our pro­gram in 2007, we have funded 34 travel grants to­tal­ing in $162,000 to sup­port our em­ploy­ees’ vol­un­teer ef­forts on EWB-USA pro­jects around the world.

Water for People

CDM Smith and our em­ploy­ees sup­port Water for Peo­ple, an in­ter­na­tional hu­man­i­tar­ian or­ga­ni­za­tion of ded­i­cated peo­ple who rec­og­nize water as a pri­mary build­ing block of life. Each year, our an­nual giv­ing cam­paign raises funds to help de­vel­op­ing com­mu­ni­ties gain ac­cess to safe drink­ing water, bet­ter san­i­ta­tion, and pub­lic health ed­u­ca­tion.

There are more than 1.8 bil­lion peo­ple lack­ing ac­cess to safe water and 2.4 bil­lion lack­ing ac­cess to ad­e­quate san­i­ta­tion. This prob­lem di­rectly con­tributes to the end­less cycle of ex­treme poverty that has dev­as­tat­ing ef­fects on so­ci­ety. Not only do our two or­ga­ni­za­tions share the same be­lief that every human being de­serves last­ing ac­cess to safe water and san­i­ta­tion, but our em­ploy­ees are mo­ti­vated by the same set of core val­ues. It is this align­ment of mis­sion and promise of qual­ity of life that for­ti­fies our partnership.