Kristin Saboe had one goal when she started her career – to make the world a better place.
“I wanted to work directly on making changes for the greater good,” she said.
After spending six years as an officer and researcher in the U.S. Army, she joined Boeing earlier this year in Global Talent Solutions on the global talent strategy team to lead the company’s veterans strategy. She’s working with other teams across the company to improve the transition process for veterans and their families re-entering civilian life and jobs at Boeing.
“Work plays such an important role in a person’s identity. People want to feel proud of the work they’re doing,” said Saboe. “As a company, we have to make sure we’re matching employees’ skills and passions with business needs.”
Hiring veterans and helping them make this transition is a priority for Boeing, and the company is committed to working with organizations around the world to further this mission.
In 2018, investments in veterans’ organizations increased 70 percent. Funding goes to organizations directly involved in improving technical workforce skills and supporting military families and veterans including support for Homes for Our Troops, Hire Heroes USA and Veterans Transition Network.
These investments are just one part of Boeing’s overall corporate giving. In November the company announced $55 million in new charitable grants which support 443 nonprofits in 47 countries around the world. That puts Boeing on track to surpass $230 million in giving this year.
Along with supporting veterans-focused organizations, Boeing corporate giving is also focused on increasing access to globally competitive STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) learning in underserved and underrepresented communities as well as supporting a variety of issues unique to the communities where the company operates.
Boeing employees are also making major contributions driving change in their communities. Over the past five years, employee gifts matched by the company have increased 30 percent.
Michael Long, a corporate finance manager, and his wife Patti, a systems tools specialist have volunteered more than 1,000 hours so far this year for Duo Dogs in St. Louis.
Duo Dogs provides service dogs to individuals with disabilities and to public facilities like court houses that are in need of service dogs.
“We take in a puppy from Duo when it is eight weeks old and raise it until it is between 14 and 16 months old,” explained Michael. “Then we return the dog to them, and it is trained to be a service dog.”
Earlier this year, Boeing announced increases to its annual employee gift-match programs. For every 10 hours an employee donates, the company will donate $100 to the organization. That means the Longs’ volunteer hours will result in a donation of $10,000 from Boeing to Duo Dogs.
“We’re doing our small part, but these dogs can really make a huge difference in people’s lives. We’re so glad Boeing supports us in this way so we can increase our impact,” Michael said.