Booz Allen Hamilton

The Children’s Inn

Volunteers Help Children Confront Rare Diseases

Since 2004, Booz Allen Lead Associate Sandy Davis has volunteered her time at The Children’s Inn, which gives children and families a place to stay together and support each other between treatments and hospitalizations. In 2012, she earned the Bronze Level Presidential Service Award for completing more than 100 hours of service.

When pediatric patients and their families arrive at The Children’s Inn at the National Institutes for Health, they seek state-of-the-art medical treatments and innovative research protocols that help them confront obscure diseases. In the process, they experience a residential “place like home” that delivers educational programs and activities that tend to each child’s heart, soul, and spirit. They also encounter dedicated and compassionate volunteers like Booz Allen Lead Associate Sandy Davis. As a volunteer at the Welcome Desk, she puts smiles on their faces—and helps them put their lives into perspective.

Booz Allen has supported The Children’s Inn for more than a decade, interacting with residents, engaging in pro bono activities, and participating in a variety of projects and fundraising events. Because the Inn covers all expenses for families staying there, its financial needs are great. Since Booz Allen began supporting the Inn in early 2001, the firm has been responsible for raising and donating more than $1 million—a milestone recognized on a wall at the Inn that pays special tribute to donors whose cumulative giving exceeds that amount. Over the past five years, employees at the firm’s Rockville, MD, offices have led efforts to raise more than $700,000 through sponsorships and fundraising efforts associated with the Inn’s annual golf tournament. Staff from across the firm donated an additional $45,000 by participating in a silent auction.

Sandy Davis shares her personal “mission that matters,” volunteering for The Children's Inn at the National Institute of Health

In keeping with the firm’s philosophy of community service centered on doing more than just sending a check, Booz Allen people who volunteer with The Children’s Inn are the cornerstone of the support provided. They lend a hand in ways that include hosting family-style dinners, sponsoring food and backpack drives, and helping young residents select and wrap gifts for their families during the winter holidays. To help the Inn address operational challenges, Booz Allen employees have also delivered a range of pro bono consulting services, including conducting property assessments and engineering major upgrades of the Inn’s registration system.

“Working at Booz Allen has allowed me to expand my reach, help the Inn, and really make a difference in the lives of some amazing families,” Davis says. “My time spent with the staff and families of The Children’s Inn has been an experience that has shaped my life forever.”