Thirty-One Akron-Based Lockheed Martin Employees Receive President’s Volunteer Service Award
AKRON, OH, 06/18/2009 --
The President's Council on Service and Civic Participation recently honored 31 employees from Lockheed Martin's [NYSE: LMT] Akron 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 31 Lockheed Martin employees recognized, 12 volunteered more than 200 hours in their community last year.
Candice Ward, of McDonald, OH, was among those honored and provides a great example of the difference volunteerism can make to a community. Ward, who was honored for investing more than 800 hours of her own time in the community last year, regularly volunteers with the Girl Scouts and the McDonald Girls' Softball League.
"Volunteering is awesome," expressed Ward. "With Lockheed Martin promoting volunteerism the way they do, it allows me to get out into the community and help influence the lives of children. I want to be a positive role model for the kids so they can grow in their abilities and knowledge."
"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 Akron 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 Akron facility volunteered more than 9,000 hours in their communities. Through company-sponsored activities like Space Day and National Engineers Week, they sought to encourage Akron students' interest in engineering, math, science and technology. They also participated in events such as the Junior Achievement mentoring program and Habitat for Humanity, and donated more than $210,000 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.