Lockheed Martin Gives $18 Million to Communities Fighting COVID-19
On May 14, a group of local aviators hosted a Flyover Fundraising Parade and Aerial Salute to essential workers in hopes of raising money for the Help Colorado Now relief fund. The event was successful, garnering over $800,000 in donations, including $500,000 from Lockheed Martin, given via a matching challenge.
“Lockheed Martin and our more than 10,000 employees who call Colorado home are committed to doing what's right and helping Coloradans in need during these unprecedented times,” said Rick Ambrose, executive vice president of Lockheed Martin Space.
To support hunger relief efforts in Orlando, we donated $425,000 to Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida. Since the COVID-19 outbreak, the number of people reaching out to Second Harvest Food Bank in search of food assistance has increased nearly 40 percent. To respond to this crisis, the organization is providing more than 300,000 meals each day to those in need, particularly seniors and children.
We also recently donated $100,000 to Heart of Florida United Way’s COVID-19 recovery fund and an additional $75,000 to other health and human service organizations and local school districts working to implement distance learning. We’ve provided more than 7,380 meals to local charities, over 570 3D printed face shields to the local VA hospitals, 500 iPhones to Orlando Health and 50 laptops to Heart of Florida United Way.
In Dallas and Fort Worth, Texas, we contributed a total of $1.4 million to COVID-19 relief efforts.
Grants to JPS Hospital in Fort Worth and Parkland Hospital in Dallas will ensure front-line healthcare providers have the medical supplies they need to perform their jobs safely. JPS Hospital Foundation will use their $500,000 gift to leverage the use of technology to combat the spread of COVID-19 and its long-term effects on the most vulnerable members of our community. Parkland Foundation, which is one of the largest public hospital systems in the country, will use the $400,000 donation to help care for COVID-19 patients, properly equip caregivers with personal protective equipment and order supplies and other equipment to keep up with demand.
Additionally, we donated over $433,000 to food banks, shelters and other local health and human services organizations, and $120,000 to six independent school districts: Arlington, Crowley, Fort Worth, Grand Prairie, Keller and White Settlement. Six hundred iOS devices were gifted to United Way of Tarrant County for distribution to Tarrant County Homeless Coalition, Safehaven, Women’s Center, and Arlington Charities; 800 medical gowns were sent to JPS Hospital; and 17,700 meals were donated to local food banks.
Recently, we announced a donation to the Connecticut Food Bank of $515,000 in support of its efforts to curb the growing food insecurity pandemic amid COVID-19.
“This grant helps us respond to unprecedented need that continues in our area,” said Connecticut Food Bank Chief Operating Officer Dan Gomez. “While the state begins its reopening process, we know that many people will not recover from job losses or cuts in hours for many months to come.”
The organization is the state's largest centralized provider of emergency hunger relief, distributing nearly 27 million pounds of food annually — enough to provide more than 22.5 million meals — to 600 member agencies and direct service programs across six of the state's eight counties. For the past few months, the food bank has mobilized drive-thru mobile pantry events. Our donation will support the purchase, transportation, storage and redistribution of food through a network of 500 food access points in six Connecticut counties.
Philadelphia, New Jersey and Delaware
Also in the Northeast region of the United States, we are supporting the Metropolitan Area Neighborhood Alliance (MANNA) and their services to the southern New Jersey and Philadelphia region with a $400,000 grant — one of the largest lump sum corporate gifts the 30-year-old nonprofit has ever received.
MANNA has been meeting the medical nutritional needs of people at acute risk from serious illness for more than three decades through the delivery of medically-tailored meals and nutrition counseling.
“This is an unprecedented time for us all, and our utmost concern is for our clients — some of the most vulnerable individuals and families in the region,” said MANNA CEO Sue Daugherty. “Demand for our services has increased by up to 40 percent and we are so grateful to have partners like Lockheed Martin who recognize that ‘Food is Medicine’ is more than a brand statement — it is the mission we deliver every day to so many clients.”
Additionally, on May 19, Cooper University Health Care announced the receipt of a $500,000 grant from Lockheed Martin to purchase critically needed personal protective equipment (PPE), including N95 respirators, surgical masks, gloves, gowns and eye protection for front-line employees. Cooper University Health Care is one of three health systems in New Jersey operating as a coordinating entity in anticipation of the COVID-19 surge and the need for critical care beds. As the only level 1 trauma center in southern New Jersey, the region is counting on their expertise. Our funding will help ensure their team has the equipment they need to treat and protect their workers, patients and community. The Cooper Foundation serves as the philanthropic and community outreach arm of Cooper University Healthcare.
“Cooper’s clinical and support staff are among the most skilled, compassionate and dedicated healthcare professionals, and this contribution will directly provide needed resources to protect those on the front line providing care to COVID-19 patients,” shared Anthony J. Mazzarelli, co-president/CEO of Cooper, during the announcement.
We contributed $500,000 to support the Greater Washington Community Foundation’s COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund, which provides relief to Prince George’s and Montgomery counties in Maryland (located nearby our corporate headquarters) in the areas of food security and medical care and access.
Additionally, earlier on in the pandemic, Lockheed Martin made charitable donations worth nearly $160,000 to support school systems implementing distance learning — both at the secondary-level to Montgomery County Public Schools and at the university-level to Morgan State University — through providing WiFi hotspots and personal technology devices to students in need.
In the Bay Area of Northern California, we contributed $500,000 to the Silicon Valley Strong Fund, which assists residents, businesses and community-based organizations of Santa Clara County experiencing challenges due to COVID-19.
In Southern California, we granted $500,000 to Antelope Valley Hospital. The grants will assist in purchasing PPE materials such as isolation gowns, masks and gloves, as well as critically-needed ventilators.
We contributed $10,000 to the United Way of Greenville County in Greenville, South Carolina, to provide support such as food, shelter, childcare, sanitary and hygiene supplies for the area’s most vulnerable neighbors during this critical time.
Another $10,000 has been donated to the Central Carolina Community Foundation’s One SC Fund to assist with food, shelter, health and nonprofit sustainability needs stemming from the pandemic.
Lastly, 1,000 medical gowns were sent to the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) for front-line medical workers.