Harris Corporation Recognizes Employees Worldwide for 65,000 Volunteer Hours During 2007
Brevard County Employees Volunteered Nearly 49,000 Hours to Community Organizations
Harris Corporation (NYSE:HRS) has honored its employees for the 65,000 hours of service they volunteered in 2007 to assist a variety of community and charitable organizations across the nation and around the world. Brevard County employee volunteers, who logged 49,000 of the total hours donated last year, were recognized at a special appreciation breakfast. The event was held in conjunction with National Volunteer Week, April 27 to May 3, 2008.
The breakfast featured a keynote presentation by Susan McGrath, vice president of Resource Development for the United Way of Brevard County. Harris donated more than $1 million last year to the United Way of Brevard County.
McGrath compared volunteer service to a single pebble dropped into a lake, resulting in a ripple that moves outward. “I have the pleasure of thanking you all for the ’ripple’ you have caused throughout Brevard through your volunteer service,” she said. “Your service to the non-profit you happen to help has a multiplier effect. Your ripples go and go, touching many more people than just the one individual immediately impacted by the program.”
In 2007, Harris implemented a new Volunteer Reporting Tool to enable employees to log and track their volunteer time. The 65,000 hours logged last year represent some $6.5 million in volunteer labor in the community.
Local organizations for which employees logged volunteer hours include Harris-organized events such as Habitat for Humanity house builds, Meals on Wheels deliveries, and United Way Days of Caring. Also included are individual volunteer efforts with numerous organizations including Boy Scouts of America, the Humane Society, American Cancer Society, Children’s Home Society of Florida, Future Problem Solvers, and other educational and charitable institutions.
“Harris is committed to the highest standards of corporate responsibility, and we are extremely proud that our employees are shaping the difference through community involvement,” said Jeremy Wensinger, group president of Harris Government Communications Systems. “The individual footprint each of you leaves with your volunteer service is just as important as the community footprint left by our company-wide United Way campaign.”
As part of the event, Harris kicked off a new volunteer program called Mission Possible, which is modeled after the nationwide Pay It Forward movement. Three Harris volunteers have been given $500 and 12 days to creatively assist a local non-profit agency or needy family. Harris employees will vote to determine who best completed the challenge. The winner will receive $1,000 to donate to a non-profit agency or needy family.
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