General Dynamics supports the communities where we work and live through organizations that have an educational, social, civic and arts focus. Our businesses community service programs align with their local community’s needs. Each business uses employee-formed committees and employee input to bring together financial and volunteer resources.
Our Mission Systems business started eCrew in 2010 to give students the tools they need to become an engineer. The intensive 11-week learning experience is available to students who participate in the Scottsdale, Arizona, Boys & Girls Club and have an interest in engineering and technology. We currently have 99 students in our eCrew pipeline. Two of our eCrew graduates, both young women, were recognized in the past two years as recipients of the Youth of the Year award. We are now expanding the program to include an eCrew class from the Boys & Girls Club of the East Valley’s Gilbert, Arizona, branch.
European Land Systems employees at our facility in Kaiserslautern, Germany, regularly participate in the country’s “Take Your Daughter to Work Day.” We open the doors of our facility to local young girls and let them work on the shop floor so they can see different career opportunities. Our engineers also visit local schools to talk about their jobs and experiences. In fact, each year, this facility offers an average of 25 students hands-on training within the office or shop floor to support students in their career choice.
Electric Boat has partnered with many state and local organizations to ensure we train the future generations of submarine builders. Following are a few examples of our efforts:
- In partnership with the state of Connecticut, we support an Early College Opportunity program that gives high school students a chance to obtain an associate’s degree at no cost for those attending Windham High School and New London Magnet Science and Technology High School.
- At the Community College of Rhode Island (CCRI) and at Three Rivers Community College in Connecticut we have established relationships with the chapters of Student Veterans of America and actively recruit from them as members complete degrees. We are also helping develop the curriculum and share lessons learned in manufacturing skills and processes at Three Rivers Community College.
- We collaborate with Rhode Island College (RIC) to develop training opportunities within manufacturing. We focus on skills needed for workforce readiness, including math and reading, to better equip those interested in manufacturing jobs.
Jet Aviation runs an apprenticeship program in cooperation with the Department of Education in the Canton of Basel, Switzerland, employing upholstery and polymechanic apprentices for three- and four-year terms. This program allows local youth to see firsthand numerous job options available to them.
A Helping Hand
Employees at Gulfstream’s Mexicali, Mexico, facility have taken the children of Casa Emmanuel orphanage under their wings. Gulfstream volunteers sponsor children at the home for holiday gifts and a raffle that raises funds for the Fundación Emmanuel. Gulfstream volunteers also participate in “rallies” where they facilitate games and activities that are fun for the children and build teamwork. On Valentine’s Day, Gulfstream participants help Casa Emmanuel children learn the importance of friendship, teamwork, diversity, inclusion and respect through Valentine activities and a history of the holiday.
Our Missions Systems business has active volunteer programs throughout the United States. At our Santa Clara, California, facility, our employees coordinate donations to The Salvation Army Giving Tree and Second Harvest Food Bank, as well as volunteer to clean up the nearby San Tomas Aquino Creek. Employees in Taunton, Massachusetts, participate in the Taunton Adopt-a-Family Program/Toys for Tots, Our Daily Bread food drive, a school supply drive benefiting a local middle school, the Taunton Area School to Career mentoring program and the Engineering Futures high school tutoring program. Employees in Scottsdale, Arizona, sponsor school-supply drives to help local disadvantaged children prepare for school and have an Adopt-a-Family program and “angel” tree for toy donations during the holidays. And employees in Needham and Taunton, Massachusetts, participate in Toys for Tots and an Adopt-a-Family program during the holidays as well as donate used furniture and office supplies to local schools and non-profit agencies.
NASSCO co-hosts an annual toy drive for children in less-affluent neighborhoods. In 2014, NASSCO shipbuilders and partners raised and delivered more than $5,000 worth of toys to organizations that benefit children in San Diego. NASSCO also supports the surrounding community through donations to the Family Health Center of San Diego and Barrio Station.
Ordnance and Tactical Systems has Employee Community Action Councils whose mission is to act as a focal point for charitable giving. We provide volunteers and fundraise for charitable organizations in our local community. For example, working with Habitat for Humanity, our employee volunteer group participates in home builds throughout Pinellas County, Florida. Our employees also run holiday charity drives for organizations such as the U.S. Marine Corps’ Toys for Tots program and The Salvation Army Angel Tree.
General Dynamics’ corporate headquarters proudly supports Jill’s House, a full-service overnight respite center in the Washington, DC, area that provides families of children with special needs a much-needed break. These families are often overwhelmed by the emotional and financial demands of constant care. Open to children ages 6 to 17 with intellectual disabilities and their siblings, the innovative facility offers a safe, fun environment. Since 2010, Jill’s House has provided nearly 500,000 hours of hope and renewal to more than 500 families.