Textron is committed to responsible corporate citizenship and helping improve the quality of life in communities where our employees live and work. Volunteerism and support of local non-profit organizations are part of our culture across the Textron enterprise and strengthen our community relationships.
Below are some examples of employee volunteerism and our businesses’ efforts supporting local communities in 2019:
Bell is a major supporter of the United Way of Tarrant County in Texas. Every year employees rally for a two-week long fundraising campaign. In 2019, employees raised over $350,000 through a variety of events including a casino night, puppy adoptions, Oktoberfest, a talent show, escape rooms and a silent auction. Over 60 committee members helped plan and facilitate the events. The amount raised resulted in a $40,000 increase of funds over the previous year.
Bell is committed to furthering STEM education in schools and launched its third annual Bell Vertical Robotics Competition in 2019. In this event, 17 high school teams were provided with a drone kit to assemble and modify to accomplish several unique missions. The teams were given six weeks to design, fabricate and test their concepts using guidance from Bell Engineering mentors. Bell’s Education Committee started this competition to challenge and ignite passion for STEM. More than 60 volunteers committed over 1,000 hours in planning, coordinating, mentoring and day-of-event volunteering.
Bell challenged employees to commit to health and wellness by participating in the American Heart Association CycleNation and Heart Walk. Employees and four members of the Executive Team took part in the CycleNation spin bike challenge and over 200 employees participated in the Heart Walk. They raised over $20,000 to help fight heart disease and strokes.
A team of employees in Troy, Michigan volunteered to pack food boxes for the homeless and hungry at Gleaners Food Bank. The Kautex team packed 9,360 lbs. of food. Alongside other participating teams, a total of 37,905 lbs. of food were packed and distributed to 3,024 families in need.
In the United Kingdom, employees from the Hengoed plant in Wales raised money for MIND Cymru, a mental health awareness organization based in Cardiff. Fundraising activities included raffle ticket sales, football game sponsorship and a bake sale. Overall, their efforts raised over $1,700 for the charity.
Textron Aviation leaders established Wings for Dreams in 2015, creating a way to support vital youth organizations in Kansas and to give significant, sustainable funding under a consistent brand. The vision of the program is to give youth the ability to dream and to know that there is a community of caring supporters to help make their dreams a reality. In 2019, Textron Aviation’s Wings for Dreams event raised $3.1 million for Rainbows United, a non-profit dedicated to improving the lives of special needs children and their families, through a unique benefit concert.
Paving the way for economic awareness and success is at the heart of Junior Achievement’s mission. In Wichita, Kansas, Textron Aviation employees lead the community with the largest number of volunteers mentoring K-12 students by teaching lessons based in financial literacy, work readiness and entrepreneurship. Since the partnership began in 2007, employees have taught Junior Achievement in more than 230 local classrooms and volunteered more than 1,500 hours. In 2019, Textron Aviation volunteers spent more than 260 hours in 51 different classrooms, ultimately reaching 1,000 students within the community.
Textron Specialized Vehicles hosted the 25th annual E-Z-GO Golf Classic at The Reserve Club at Woodside Plantation in Aiken, South Carolina on Oct. 7, 2019. The event raised $58,584.24 for the Boys and Girls Clubs of the CSRA and the First Tee of Aiken, an international youth development organization. These funds help support these organizations to improve facilities, acquire new equipment, and expand youth programs. In its history, the Classic has raised more than $1.1 million to support youth programs in our community.
Textron Specialized Vehicles spent two days volunteering to help the Boys and Girls Clubs of the CSRA prepare for the opening of their new Augusta facility. Nearly 30 TSV employees assisted with putting together the facility’s new workout equipment, hanging TV’s, putting together furniture, and setting up the club’s new computer lab.
Textron Specialized Vehicles hosted Earth Day clean-up efforts at all four of its main facilities. This included Augusta, Georgia, Thief River Falls, Minnesota, Kennesaw, Georgia, and Ipswich, U.K. Dozens of employees spent their weekend cleaning up trash and helping beautify local parks and roads around our facilities.
During 2019, Textron Systems supported multiple communities in which employees live and work with over $56,000 in direct financial support, including $25,000 donated to Team Rubicon for disaster relief efforts related to Hurricane Dorian. Summer interns in Goose Creek, South Carolina volunteered at the Ronald McDonald House to enhance the grounds. And in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, employees sponsored 78 children diagnosed with life-threatening or terminal illnessess by donating toys and gifts to the Magical Memories annual holiday event. Additionally, Textron Systems employees at several sites volunteered for local Meals on Wheels chapters and held drives to support Toys for Tots.
To enrich the lives of the next generation of leaders, Textron Systems donated over $44,000 in support of education and STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) programs for local school systems in 2019.
Across Textron Systems’ locations, our businesses donated or raised over $65,000 for veteran-centric organizations. In Hunt Valley, Maryland, the Veterans Network employee resource group raised $5,000, which was matched by Textron Systems for a total donation of $10,000, for the Maryland Center for Veterans Education and Training (MCVET), in addition to collecting 461 lbs. of clothing. In Louisiana, Textron Systems donated over $9,000 to multiple local military non-profit organizations.
In Providence, Rhode Island, more than 40 employees donated time and the company loaned over $8,000 worth of E-Z-GO golf cars at Operation Stand Down Rhode Island’s outreach event to help homeless and special needs veterans secure stable housing and employment as well as other assistance according to individual needs including case management, basic human needs, referrals, and education and training services.
Textron India took the TB Pledge: Workplace and Corporate Social Responsibility Initiative, an effort by the American Chamber of Commerce in India to help the central government to eradicate tuberculosis from India by 2025. Through its support of the Sathya Sai Trust, district healthcare centers provide health camps and tuberculosis screening for government schoolchildren and pregnant women in rural parts of Karnataka.
Since community engagement is highly valued among Textron employees, a recently launched online volunteer portal allows them to connect with community volunteering activities, utilize our matching gift program and to manage their personal charitable giving.
“Our employees are generous throughout the year - whether it’s volunteering to mentor students in STEM programs, cleaning and beautifying neighborhoods or participating in team charity walks or rides. These good works are part of our commitment as a company to be a responsible corporate citizen and support the communities where we live and work.”
Chief Executive Officer