ORLANDO, Fla., Oct. 20, 2012 – Today, more than 1,100 Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] volunteers renovated facilities at nine downtown Orlando nonprofit agencies and mentored students at a technology fair in the Parramore Kidz Zone as part of the United Way’s annual Day of Caring.
Today’s efforts directly impact more than 260,000 Central Florida residents who depend on the goods and services provided by these nonprofit agencies each year. Working in 45 project teams, Lockheed Martin employees, families and friends painted, landscaped and repaired the facilities, while also hosting a technology fair at the Orlando Downtown Recreation Complex.
The nine facilities Lockheed Martin volunteers revitalized include the Coalition for the Homeless (Main Campus and Women’s Residential and Counseling Center), Community Coordinated Care for Children, House of Hope, Nap Ford Community School, Orlando Day Nursery, Orlando Downtown Recreation Complex and the Salvation Army (Orlando Area Command and the Adult Rehabilitation Center).
The technology fair was designed to motivate Parramore Kidz Zone students to engage in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) activities. Approximately 75 local students participated in flight simulations, a FIRST Robotics presentation, career discussions and a science show.
“This annual event is a testament to the pride and commitment each Lockheed Martin employee has for our community,” said Rick Hall, a Lockheed Martin vice president, and executive champion of the 2012 Lockheed Martin Central Florida Charitable Giving Campaign. “The Day of Caring is an opportunity for our volunteers to make a lasting impression on the lives of Central Florida residents by providing much-needed assistance to the nonprofit organizations and local residents who need it the most.”
For decades, Lockheed Martin volunteers have lent a helping hand to build a stronger, healthier Central Florida community. In 2011, Lockheed Martin employees logged more than 110,000 volunteer hours in the Central Florida community and contributed more than $1.6 million to local charities through employee giving campaigns.