Message to Our Communities
When I look back at 2020, I will remember it not only as a year of extraordinary challenges, but one that stands out for the ways in which HII’s employees overcame obstacles to selflessly support their communities through countless volunteer efforts. This year, HII celebrated its 10-year anniversary on March 31. And from day one, when we stood up HII in 2011, we committed to the communities where we work and live by donating our time and talents to support our neighbors. Looking ahead, there is still so much to do, especially as the nation works through and recovers from the COVID-19 crisis.
In 2020, HII employees demonstrated that they were ready to serve, regardless of the circumstances. When COVID-19 created roadblocks to traditional volunteer events, our employees leveraged the spirit of transformation, so valuable to our business, and applied it to support the nonprofit organizations that provide critical services to our local communities.
The ninth annual Ingalls 5K on the Causeway, an event sponsored by Ingalls Shipbuilding, was switched to a virtual event this year so registration fees could continue to support the Special Olympics. Newport News Shipbuilding sponsored a drive-thru event in place of its traditional Relay for Life walk that raised funds to support the American Cancer Society.
And N3B, which is a part of the Technical Solutions division, established a nonprofit emergency response fund under the Los Alamos Community Foundation in New Mexico to assist small nonprofits in their fight against the COVID-19 crisis. These are just a few examples, and there are so many more.
HII and its divisions also coordinated with local hospitals, shelters and other front-line workers to ensure they had personal protective equipment and other medical supplies needed to keep themselves safe from COVID-19. For example, Ingalls Shipbuilding donated 400 temperature scanners to 125 day care centers, local nonprofits and faith-based organizations to assist them in their reopening efforts.
Newport News Shipbuilding also provided face shields, N95 masks and other PPE to local healthcare providers. Last year, HII contributed more than $5.7 million in charitable giving to the communities where the company operates. And HII kept up long-standing relationships with the United Way, American Red Cross and American Heart Association, among others.
I could not be more proud of the way HII’s employees rose to the occasion in 2020 to ensure the relationships we built over the past decade with these invaluable nonprofit organizations, and the assistance we provide them, remained strong, despite the challenges brought on by COVID-19.
It’s gratifying to work with people who, over the past decade, have remained willing to go above and beyond for their communities. In this Report to the Community, you will see both photos from previous years’ volunteer efforts as well as those that took place in 2020.
Please join me in offering these volunteers a well-deserved “thank you” for their efforts.
Our Charitable Investments
In 2020, HII contributed over $5.7 million in charitable giving to the communities in which we operate, with a particular emphasis on educational programs and health and human services, including the United Way. The corporation also gave significantly to programs for children, civic/community support, our veterans and military, and the arts.
Read the full report
In this year’s Report to the Community, we are celebrating HII’s 10-year anniversary by taking a look at the volunteer efforts of HII’s employees over the past decade. Take this opportunity to reminisce on photos of the past 10 years and reflect on the relationships we have built with our community partners during that time.