Everyday Hope for Service Families: The CSX Commitment

Published: November 16, 2022

CSX CEO Joe Hinrichs speaks at the Celebration event after accepting the award on behalf of the organization.

Since 2019, CSX has joined forces with Blue Star Families in their commitment to serving military and Veteran families. 

Currently, CSX sponsors eight of Blue Star Families’ 12 Chapters, including Chicago, Tampa, Jacksonville, New England, Tennessee, Dayton & Southwestern Ohio, Baltimore, and the National Capital Region. The newest addition, New England, will connect and engage even more military families with their civilian neighbors through innovative collaboration and in-person events.

“They’re the kind of neighbors that we need to find a sense of belonging in our communities. We have made such an impact because of CSX that really, it wouldn’t have been possible without them,” commented Blue Star Families Co-Founder and CEO Kathy Roth-Douquet.

Investing in Community

CSX’s investment brings substantial, positive impact to military families of active-duty service members, National Guard, Reserves, Veterans, and their civilian neighbors. With their continued support, Blue Star Families has employed military spouses, Veterans, and service members as full-time Chapter Directors, enabling organized, year-round events like reading programs, career resources, and outdoor recreation.  

To honor and recognize this outstanding commitment at the 2022 Blue Star Celebration event, Blue Star Families presented the Constance J. Milstein Philanthropic Award to CSX for going above and beyond the call of duty to support military families in communities. The award was received by CEO Joe Hinrich on behalf of CSX. 

“Service is a huge part of who we are at CSX, and we have a special connection with the military community,” remarked Hinrich. “Nearly one in five of our employees has served the country or our communities and our trains roll through many military towns. Our partnership with Blue Star Families has enabled us to strengthen our connection with our nation’s heroes and their families.”

Celebrating Support

Blue Star Celebration started as an opportunity to honor Americans who are doing their part to preserve the strength and viability of our All-Volunteer Force by supporting our military and Veteran families. Due to limitations imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic, the event was last held in 2019. Many of this year’s attendees were glad to see it return. 

Held in the grand rooms of Union Station in Washington, D.C., the event boasted celebrity and military chef pairings, countless community supporters, and government and military leaders. You can read more highlights from the evening by visiting our Celebration landing page.

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