Boeing Employee Volunteers

Together, Boeing employees do amazing things in the communities where we live and work. Our employees use their skills and talents to make a profoundly positive impact in lives and communities. Here are some of those stories.

Global Day of Service

Boeing employees in Melbourne, Australia

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Boeing Aerostructures Australia employees from Fisherman's Bend site in Melbourne, Victoria, helped Friends of Westgate Park make improvements, including recreating a protective habitat.

More than 2,000 volunteers from 50 Boeing sites around the world participated in the 2011 Global Day of Service. Sites that participated included Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Houston, Philadelphia, St. Louis, Washington, D.C., Wichita; and multiple cities in Washington State and Southern California; and offices in Korea, China, India, Japan, and Australia.

The day of service was launched in 2010 by the Employee Volunteer Council and Global Corporate Citizenship to connect employee volunteers, to send a message about the value of community service and to maximize the employee volunteers' impact in communities around the globe.

Global Day of Service

Boeing Exceptional Volunteer Service award 2011

Boeing space shuttle engineer Tony Castilleja, Jr., advises Austin High School students during a DREAM competition at Rice University, Houston.

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Boeing space shuttle engineer Tony Castilleja, Jr., advises Austin High School students during a DREAM competition at Rice University, Houston.

Each year Boeing recognizes three outstanding volunteers for their service to others and also recognizes the nonprofit organizations to which these employees give their time and talents by awarding a special charitable donation on behalf of the employees.

The recipient of the 2011 Boeing Exceptional Volunteer Service Award, the company's highest volunteer honor, is Juan (Tony) Castilleja, Jr., an engineer at the Boeing Defense, Space & Security site in Houston, Texas. Castilleja was recognized for his work mentoring disadvantaged high school students interested in STEM through Rice University's Designing with Rice Engineers, Achievement through Mentorship (DREAM) Program. Rice engineering undergraduates are matched with local inner-city high school students to mentor them on opportunities in higher education. The students also participate in a 5-7 week design project, led by their Rice mentors, and compete at Rice University each semester.

Castilleja received a commemorative plaque and also had his name added to the William Allen Chairman's Cup, a perpetual trophy named in honor of the exceptional leadership and community service of past Boeing leader William Allen. In addition, $10,000 was awarded to Rice's DREAM project.

Two finalists were also honored for their volunteer service: Melinda Ann Keeling, a finance manager in Palmdale, California, for her work with The Catalyst Foundation, a local medical and s area, and Carl Vorst, a technical fellow in St. Louis, Missouri, for his longstanding commitment to helping children and the homeless in Haiti. Both were also recognized with commemorative plaques, and each of their nonprofit organizations received a $2,500 donation in recognition for their service.

Employees Community Fund of The Boeing Company

Boeing volunteers working

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Students and teachers learn about environmental stewardship in an outdoor classroom.

Boeing volunteers working

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Boeing employees and students work together to replace shade structures that were destroyed by fire.

The Employees Community Fund (ECF) of The Boeing Company supports programs around the globe through grants and volunteer activities that are directed by employee volunteer committees and advisory boards to help local communities.

The ECF is one of the world's largest employee owned and operated entities of its kind. Thousands of nonprofits around the world count on ECF for funding contributions for numerous projects, including aiding the homeless, stocking food banks, helping at-risk children succeed in school, providing job training for the unemployed, funding critical health care programs and more.

The ECF of Southern California supports Inside the Outdoors' NSI: Nature Scene Investigators program. Students learn about environmental stewardship in a setting that fosters a love of the natural world as they use critical-thinking and problem-solving skills to solve dilemmas by completing crime scene investigation-like activities.

Also, in Southern California, students and Boeing employees worked together to replace shade structures that were destroyed by a devastating wild fire several years ago at the Inside the Outdoors' headquarters in Silverado, Calif. Students teamed with Boeing employees to create a design, establish a budget and identify building materials for the new shade structures. The project not only benefits the students, but Boeing employees get to develop their leadership skills as mentors and leaders.

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