Lockheed Martin Employees in West Virginia Give Back to Local Communities
FAIRMONT, WV, 10/20/2010 --
Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] employees across Harrison County gathered together today to kick off their annual charitable giving campaign and celebrate giving back to the communities where they live and work. Joining the team were representatives from the United Way of Harrison County and Big Brothers, Big Sisters, whose organizations each recently received a gift of support from the Corporation.
"Lockheed Martin is committed to being a neighbor of choice in Harrison County," said Ken Frosch, Lockheed Martin Senior Program Manager. "Our Community Action Team based in the Fairmont and Clarksburg areas gives back year-round—and this annual charitable contributions campaign is definitely a highlight. We're so glad that the United Way and Big Brothers, Big Sisters can join us today to get things started. Both are great organizations with important missions, and we're delighted to support them in serving our communities."
At the kick-off event, employees heard Marie Battles, executive director of the United Way of Harrison County, addressed the importance of philanthropy and volunteerism in the local community. Battles and Sylvia Hawkins, executive director for Big Brothers, Big Sisters, also thanked the team for providing volunteer support to the Big Brothers, Big Sister's own annual giving outreach effort on Saturday, Oct. 16.
"Lockheed Martin's employees again have displayed their corporate citizenship by linking their employees with opportunities for community service," said Battles. "Giving employees a "hands-on" experience provides an understanding of non-profit organizations that a brochure or presentation can't accomplish. This type of relationship is win-win for all."
"Community partnerships are vital to what we do. Partners like Lockheed Martin help us to serve more children through volunteer hours, and by learning about the services we provide and sharing that knowledge with others," added Hawkins.
In 2009, employees from across the Corporation gave $22.2 million in workplace giving programs, including $18.5 million in charitable giving to the United Way and Charities of Choice campaigns.
Lockheed Martin employees have logged over 8 million volunteer hours of their own time in the community since 2002. In fact, 2009 was the fourth consecutive year employees volunteered more than 1 million hours in a single year. The Corporation recognized 4,578 employees with President Obama's President's Volunteer Service Award for volunteering more than 100 hours each during the year. Over 23,000 of these awards have been earned by Lockheed Martin employees since 2003.
Headquartered in Bethesda, Md., Lockheed Martin is a global security company that employs about 133,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services. The Corporation's 2009 sales from continuing operations were $44 billion.