Textron Systems Family Day
On Saturday, November 9, our Hunt Valley, Md. facility opened its doors to employee families for an event called Family Day. The day included interactive product exhibits, fundraisers, face painting and more to celebrate Veterans Day and allow employees from different departments to learn about additional products and services.
Christina Robbins, one of the event organizers, said, “We consistently receive feedback that the members of our organization would like more socialization among their teams and opportunities to see what is going on across the business. Inviting family to join them in this activity was a great way to show our families what we work so hard on. We also value Veterans Day and wanted to celebrate this on a larger scale. Pairing Family Day with a veteran-centric mission was a great fit.”
Family Day offered a unique opportunity for employees to share the excitement of the work they do with their loved ones, while also giving back. During Family Day, we held two fundraisers with proceeds benefiting the Maryland Center for Veterans Education and Training (MCVET). MCVET is a dynamic organization providing a home, hope and help for homeless veterans to enable them to rejoin their communities as productive citizens.
“Giving back to our community means a lot to the leaders of our organization, and veteran charities are closely aligned with our mission of supporting the warfighter,” said Robbins.
Through our two fundraisers, we were able to raise $5,000, which was increased to $10,000 through company matching. In addition to this donation, over the past month our Veterans Network held a clothing drive that collected 461 pounds worth of donations for MCVET.
Family Day not only celebrated employees’ hard work, it also emphasized our mission to help local communities and support veterans. This event would not have been possible without our employee volunteers, who graciously gave up their Saturday to support the event.
“I am humbled by the overwhelmingly positive feedback we received during the event and the contribution we are able to make to our community in honor of Veterans Day,” said Robbins. “The smiles on everyone’s faces at the event was a strong indicator of the event’s success, and a pleasure to see. I am particularly proud of the hard work and dedication of all of the volunteers who came to the event, rolled up their sleeves, and made Family Day a success. We couldn’t have done it without them.”