WALTHAM, Mass., April 7, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- In celebration of National Volunteer Week (April 6-12), Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) is recognizing employees dedicated to volunteerism, celebrating volunteers across our communities, and recommitting to the core corporate value of volunteerism via the company's partnership with US2020, the White House-sponsored mentoring initiative.
Nearly 500 Raytheon employees were honored with the U.S. Presidential Volunteer Service Award for their exemplary commitment to volunteer efforts over the past year, while inspiring others to engage in service. The award is an initiative of the Corporation for National and Community Service and is administered by the Points of Light Institute. All recipients are recognized with a letter from President Barack Obama, stressing, "We need a new era of responsibility – a recognition on the part of every American that we have duties to ourselves, our Nation, and the world."
Raytheon is a founding sponsor of the White House initiative, US2020, a new organization and network committed to generating large-scale, innovative solutions for the country's science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education challenge. Organizations aligned with US2020 together have committed to matching one million STEM mentors with students at youth-serving nonprofits by the year 2020.
During National Volunteer Week, Raytheon employees across the country are volunteering their time with MathMovesU initiatives: mentoring robotics teams, judging cyber competitions, and mentoring students in math and science subjects. Raytheon employees support organizations such as MATHCOUNTS®, Junior Achievement®, Engineering is Elementary®, FIRST Robotics, and many local community organizations around the world, dedicating nearly a half million hours of their time over the past three years to volunteerism. For more information about Raytheon's community outreach efforts, visit www.raytheon.com/responsibility/community.
Raytheon is honoring all those who give back by encouraging people to recognize a volunteer on Twitter with the hashtag #thankavolunteer.
About National Volunteer Week
Sponsored by Points of Light, National Volunteer Week was established in 1974 and has grown dramatically through the years, with thousands of volunteer projects and special events scheduled throughout the week.
Raytheon's MathMovesU® program is an initiative committed to increasing middle and elementary school students' interest in math and science education by engaging them in hands-on, interactive activities. The innovative programs of MathMovesU include the traveling interactive experience MathAlive!®; Raytheon's Sum of all Thrills™ experience at INNOVENTIONS at Epcot®, which showcases math in action as students design and experience their own thrill ride using math fundamentals; the "In the Numbers" game, a partnership with the New England Patriots on display at The Hall at Patriot Place presented by Raytheon; the company's ongoing sponsorship of the MATHCOUNTS® National Competition; and the MathMovesU scholarship and grant program. Follow MathMovesU and other Raytheon community outreach programs on Facebook and on Twitter @MathMovesU.
Raytheon Company, with 2013 sales of $24 billion and 63,000 employees worldwide, is a technology and innovation leader specializing in defense, security and civil markets throughout the world. With a history of innovation spanning 92 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 cyber security and a broad range of mission support services. Raytheon is headquartered in Waltham, Mass. For more about Raytheon, visit us at www.raytheon.com and follow us on Twitter @Raytheon.
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