Our Commitment to Our Communities

Textron is committed to responsible corporate citizenship and helping improve the quality of life in communities where our employees live and work. Volunteerism and community relationships are part of our culture across the Textron enterprise.


VOLUNTEERISM IS ALIVE AND WELL WITH TEXTRON EMPLOYEES

Across Textron, our employees engage with nonprofit organizations in their local communities.
Here are just a few examples from 2017:
 

In Wichita, Kansas, Textron Aviation sponsored its 10th Habitat for Humanity home. Through the "Rock the Block" initiative, Wichita's Habitat for Humanity transforms empty lots into homes. Approximately 200 employees provided over 1,200 volunteer hours to build a new home for a family in need.

From helicopter ride raffle tickets to online donations, Bell employees in Fort Worth and Amarillo, Texas raised more than $135,000 to help champion the March of Dimes, doing their part to give babies a fighting chance at life. They set and exceeded aggressive goals to support the 2017 campaign by raising funds, registering walkers and getting the word out about their mission.

In Providence, Rhode Island, Textron and the Textron Charitable Trust supported the RI Special Olympics as the organization celebrated its 50th anniversary. A group of employee volunteers and twelve E-Z-GO golf cars were on hand to support the annual Summer Olympics games.

In Augusta, Georgia, Textron Specialized Vehicles hosted the 23rd Annual Textron Specialized Vehicles Golf Classic. Approximately $25,000 in proceeds from the tournament were split between the Boys & Girls Club of the Central Savannah River Area and The First Tee of Aiken to improve their facilities, purchase new equipment, and expand programs to enrich the lives of young people throughout the community.


TALENT AND WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT WITH COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIPS

Across many Textron businesses, we have created and continue to develop programs to support workforce development in our local communities. Here are just two examples.
 

In Wichita, Kansas, Textron Aviation partners with the Kansas Workforce Alliance to connect young adults to job experiences as they are developing their career interests via six-week summer internships, through the Youth Employment Project (YEP). This relationship exposes students to the aviation industry and its wide range of career opportunities in areas such as manufacturing, product engineering, customer service, human resources and other functions. In 2017, five interns participated in the first year of the program and more signed up in 2018.

In Augusta, Georgia, Textron Specialized Vehicles (TSV) reached out to the Richmond County School System suggesting a partnership which resulted in the creation of the Reaching Potential Through Manufacturing (“RPM”) program. Through combined investment from TSV and the Richmond County School System, the RPM program combines academic instruction with hands-on manufacturing experience. Students who participate in the program earn academic credit toward their high-school diplomas while also receiving training in life and job skills and earning income. The RPM program started in 2016 with 75 students and in 2017 grew to 95 students. By the end of 2017 fifteen graduates from the program accepted full-time positions with TSV. In addition, the RPM program increases attendance and graduation rates for at-risk students in the Richmond County School system.