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|Raytheon Employees Reach Out During National Volunteer Week|
WALTHAM, Mass., April 10, 2011 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) is celebrating National Volunteer Week April 10-16 -- a week to honor people who dedicate themselves to active community engagement.
Across the country and throughout the year, Raytheon employees are involved in a variety of outreach efforts around STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education, armed services support and local community projects. These efforts provide positive results for many people, including those in Raytheon's communities.
Raytheon employees tracked thousands of hours in 2010, more than doubling their reported support as compared with 2009, by mentoring and tutoring students, delivering care packages to troops overseas and enriching their communities through local activities.
"Raytheon encourages volunteering because it supports our commitment to corporate responsibility," said William H. Swanson, Raytheon Chairman and CEO. "Volunteering reflects Raytheon's values of focusing on people, integrity, commitment and excellence. Our employees are so passionate, dedicated and caring, and they have quite an impact in all our communities."
Specific examples of Raytheon's efforts include:
These services empower candidates to learn new career skills with real-world application opportunities and connect veterans with resources that help match soldiers' skills with appropriate employers. Regionally, Raytheon employees box and send hundreds of care packages to troops overseas and are some of the first to greet soldiers arriving back to the U.S. with our "Welcome Home" and "Send Off" teams positioned at local airports and community facilities.
Other partnerships and initiatives include the FIRST(R) Robotics Competition, MATHCOUNTS(R) National Competition, the "Science of Sports" Science Fair partnership between Raytheon and the New England Patriots, support of the Fisher House Foundation and partnerships with local sports teams to offer event tickets to service members and their families.
Raytheon Company, with 2010 sales of $25 billion, is a technology and innovation leader specializing in defense, homeland security and other government markets throughout the world. With a history of innovation spanning 89 years, Raytheon provides state-of-the-art electronics, mission systems integration and other capabilities in the areas of sensing; effects; and command, control, communications and intelligence systems, as well as a broad range of mission support services. With headquarters in Waltham, Mass., Raytheon employs 72,000 people worldwide.
SOURCE Raytheon Company