Embracing the Communities We Call Home

WTS | First Defense believes in making a positive impact on the communities in which we live and work. We are proud to be able to give back and gladly do so. We give our time and energy whether it is teaching, volunteering or donating to worthy causes.

AmazonSmile is a website operated by Amazon with the same products, prices, and shopping features as Amazon.com. The difference is that when you shop on AmazonSmile, the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5%of the purchase price of eligible products to the charitable organization of your choice. WTS | First Defense has decided to give back to a worthy organization that is in the Pittsburgh, PA area.

Faith & Gratitude Inc. is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded by cancer survivor Lori Ball. In 2015 Lori was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. She left the doctor’s office with her hands full of pamphlets and many decisions to make regarding her treatment. As Lori went through her own personal journey to battle cancer, she realized what a tremendous gap there was in finding both information and emotional support to help navigate through such a crisis. After talking to a multitude of cancer patients, Lori found her experience was not unique and that this basic need of having both emotional and educational support was not being met. She also better understood how much more difficult the process is without financial means.

Thus, the conception of Faith & Gratitude was born! They are organized exclusively to empower cancer patients through education and holistic services, free of charge. Everyone’s journey is unique. Their vision is to arm patients with both the knowledge and resources to create a holistic healing plan together with their doctor.

Through Operation: Sweet Appreciation, WTS | First Defense helped Girl Scouts Western Pennsylvania send cookies to our U.S. military active duty and veteran service member organizations.

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WTS | First Defense adopted a Navy Seal soldier by sending care packages. Before becoming a SEAL, candidates are put through some of the most mentally challenging and physically demanding training in the world. Basic Underwater Demolition Seal Training (BUDs) is designed to find and develop men of the strongest character who give everything they have to accomplish their mission and support the men on their team. The second part of the training, SEAL Qualification Training (SQT), is designed to provide candidates with the core tactical knowledge they will need to join a SEAL Platoon.

A Soldier’s Child Foundation

WTS | First Defense employees and families donated their time and talent for this worthy cause.

With a mission of serving children of military personnel who have lost their lives on active duty, while defending the United States of America. ASC has three points of service for the children of our fallen:

Birthday Celebrations

Celebrating recipient’s birthday every year up to age 18, spending $150 according to the child’s specific gift interview form.

Mentorship Programs

Journey Camp experience for recipients between the ages of 10-16. A week-long summer camp hosted by ASC, kids are encouraged to attend for at least 3 years. ASC also offers exciting hunting and fishing programs (10-16 years of age) currently in TN, TX, SC and LA. ASC kids were featured on the World Fishing Network all of 2016 in the Force on Force fishing tournament hosted by Army Bass Anglers. ASC has a leadership development program (PS23) designed for ASC young adults between the ages of 17-25. PS23 is an intensive outdoor weekend focusing on mind, body and spirit.

College Scholarships

ASC facilitates in college scholarships for recipients through partner organizations: Fallen Patriots Foundation and Folded Flag Foundation. Presently, just under 2,500 children enrolled in all 50 states. ASC is so grateful for volunteers all over our country committed to help honor our national treasure; the children of our fallen military servicemen and servicewomen.

School Presentation

WTS | First Defense is invited yearly to a local elementary school to demonstrate how water from streams and ponds are processed to create clean drinking water.

Career Day

This day provides students with a dynamic and tangible experience that facilitates a connection between their academic pursuits and professional endeavors in the future. Additionally, Career Day provides a platform to develop meaningful and personal connections between students, alumni, parents and friends. Career Day is one way that WTS | First Defense encourages students to explore their interests and passions as an extension of their academic program and in the process better understand themselves, their community, and the world.