MTSI selected to receive Heart of the Community Award from Hopkins House

MTSI selected to receive Heart of the Community Award from Hopkins House

January 28, 2015


John Porter, former Assistant Superintendent of Alexandria City Public Schools and longtime school principal, and Modern Technology Solutions, Inc. (MTSI) to receive prestigious Heart of the Community Awards.

Hopkins House, a historic nonprofit institution headquartered in Northern Virginia that provides high-quality early care and education and career pathways programs throughout the metropolitan DC area, will present the honors during its annual awards ceremony at the Belle Haven Country Club (6023 Fort Hunt Road) in Alexandria on Friday, February 13 at noon.

ABC7/WJLA-TV News Anchor, Leon Harris, will host the event, and the Boys & Girls Choir of Harlem Alumni Ensemble will provide the entertainment.

John Porter will receive the Helen Miller Community Heart Award for his distinguished service as an educator and community leader for more than 40 years. “I am honored and humbled to receive this award,” he said upon hearing of his selection.

“We are so lucky to have Hopkins House here and I am so excited to be receiving this award. There are many other hard working individuals in this community deserving of this award and I am just so humbled.”

MTSI will receive the Heart of the Community Award for its local and national corporate citizenship. “All of us at MTSI are extremely proud of this honor. We take pride in the fact that many people at MTSI have worked hard to make our giving back program a success,” said Kevin Robinson, MTSI CEO & President.

“Not only have company fiscal donations been made, but many individuals at MTSI have volunteered countless hours, made personal donations, researched and communicated community needs and participated in numerous fundraising efforts. Embracing our ‘Social Responsibility’ core value is a part of who we are and we pledge to continue our commitment begun 20 plus years ago to give back to our communities by helping those in need.”

“Through these honors,” said Hopkins House President J. Glenn Hopkins, in announcing the awards, “we want to spread the great news about the many good works this individual and this company are doing for children, youths, and families not only right here in their own back yard, but also around the nation.”

“We also want to do all we can to help working families afford the cost of quality early childhood education for their children.  Over the past four years, through this very special awards event and the support of our many generous donors, we have provided 239 scholarships to preschoolers, totaling more than $457,000. Helping these children not only responds to a very clear and urgent need among families with children, but is also an important investment in the future of our community and nation.”

The luncheon is open to the public. Tickets are $75 each and may be purchased in advance on the Hopkins House website ( or at the door.  Proceeds from the event will benefit the Hopkins House Children’s Scholarship Fund. This special Fund helps low-income and working parents afford the cost of quality preschool for their children by offering “sliding fee” scholarship grants based on the family’s financial need.  These working parents often make too much to be eligible for government assistance and too little to afford quality preschool tuition.