Twenty-One Baltimore-Based Lockheed Martin Employees Receive President’s Volunteer Service Award
BALTIMORE, MD, 06/17/2009 --
The President's Council on Service and Civic Participation recently honored 21 employees from Lockheed Martin's [NYSE: LMT] Baltimore facility with the President's Volunteer Service Award for exemplary commitment to their communities in 2008.
The President's Volunteer Service Awards are annually presented to individuals who volunteer 100 or more hours in their communities during the year. Recipients receive an official President's Volunteer Service Award pin, a personalized certificate of achievement and a letter from the President's Council on Service and Civic Participation. Of the 21 Lockheed Martin employees recognized, 10 volunteered more than 200 hours in their community last year.
Mark Presslein, of Catonsville, Md., was among those honored and provides a great example of the difference volunteerism can make to a community. Presslein, who was honored for investing more than 950 hours of his own time in the community last year, regularly volunteers with the Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts, attending weekend camping trips at least once a month. Co-workers have even joked that Presslein sleeps more in his tent than in his house.
"Lockheed Martin is committed to active, responsible citizenship and encourages its employees to become involved in the communities in which we live and work," said Presslein. "With Lockheed Martin promoting volunteerism the way they do, it allows me to get out into the community because I personally believe that it's important to give a little something back. One of my greatest rewards is watching the kids I work with progress and grow in their abilities and knowledge. Receiving a President's Volunteer Service Award just confirms that this is the right thing to do."
"We are gratified that our employees' considerable efforts in the community have not gone unnoticed – but we're in no way surprised," said Dan Schultz, vice president and general manager of Lockheed Martin's business encompassing the Baltimore facility. "We have a civic-minded, energetic employee population that is very much engaged – not only in the many volunteer opportunities we sponsor as a company but also with local causes that touch them on a highly personal level."
In 2008, employees from Lockheed Martin's Baltimore facility volunteered more than 6,500 hours in their communities. Through company-sponsored activities like Space Day, National Engineers Week and Women in Engineering, they sought to encourage Baltimore students' interest in engineering, math, science and technology. They also participated in events such as the Big Brothers Big Sisters mentoring program and the Race for the Cure, and donated more than $85,000 to the community's less fortunate through their annual United Way giving campaign.
Headquartered in Bethesda, Md., Lockheed Martin is a global security company that employs about 146,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services. The corporation reported 2008 sales of $42.7 billion.
Note: Attached is a list of the President's Volunteer Service Award winners and their hometowns.