Original Date: 10/10/2005
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Information : Community Engagement
Raytheon’s Andover Integrated Air Defense Center facility has become a valued neighbor in its community by actively participating in events and sharing talent, offering resources and providing talent. Andover’s partnership with its communities has further strengthened the Raytheon family and improved the morale of employees by helping those in need, fostering a positive relationship with the communities and neighbors.
In the past, Raytheon’s Integrated Air Defense Center (IADC) was socially aware of community activities but maintained a low profile and limited participation. Raytheon was conservative in its approach and was concerned about over-exposure. Leadership now encourages active employee participation and engagement in community activities, with community participation now included in performance expectations. The value to Raytheon is now well recognized, and the value Raytheon employees impart to the community through sharing of employee talents creates goodwill and pride.
Some of the community activities that Raytheon has supported include a coat and sweater drive for homeless shelters in Boston, Cambridge, and Lowell. More than 2,700 pieces of winter clothing were collected and donated in a two- week period. “Support Our Troops” drives have provided more than 100 care packages for troops serving in Iraq and Afghanistan. Holiday food and gift drives collected 1,250 pounds of food; and $1,500 in cash has been donated to the food bank of Merrimack Valley, the Eagle Tribune Santa Fund, the Lazarus House, and the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children. The Billerica “ Green-up Days” participation included a town- wide effort to clean and beautify the ball fields in Billerica. Raytheon participates with the Merrimack Valley Local Emergency Planning Committee to plan for response to large-scale emergencies occurring in the Merrimack Valley region. Raytheon has donated 550 tons of surplus equipment to schools, social service organizations, and human service agencies. A Backpack Drive was conducted to provide 80 needy school students with backpacks and school supplies. Between 150 and 200 pints of blood are collected at each blood drive conducted at Raytheon. Raytheon also donated proceeds received from the Peter Gay Relay Race in the amount of $4,000 to the Tewksbury 9/11 Memorial Fund.
Raytheon has become a valued member to the community, sharing talents and resources in support of its neighbors. The active engagement of all Andover IADC employees has built employee relationships that have further strengthened the Raytheon family and fostered a positive relationship with the community to support IADC needs.
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