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Celebrating the Spirit of Giving
April is National Volunteer Month, and employees at Spirit AeroSystems around the world exemplify the spirit of volunteerism and giving back to their communities. Spirit employees and their families give back in ways both big and small; they give generously of their time and resources.
In 2019, almost 5,200 employees, family members and friends volunteered in their communities on behalf of Spirit AeroSystems. Combined, these individuals contributed nearly 17,300 hours of their time to support organizations who are helping, growing and connecting within our communities.
They packaged food for families who might otherwise not have access to healthy meals. They collected clothing, toys and personal items for neighbors in need. They donated supplies for school, so children will have access to the tools they need to get the best possible education. They participated in activities celebrating our veterans and active duty service men and women. They encouraged kids to put their imaginations to work with the possibilities of STEM2 (science, technology, engineering, mathematics and manufacturing). They served meals to the hungry. They celebrated the culture and diversity in our communities. They built homes for deserving families.
Seeing the impact that Spirit volunteers make in their communities is truly inspiring, and every single individual who donated their time is to be celebrated. Each year, Spirit’s sites nominate individuals to be recognized as Outstanding Volunteers, and while every volunteer is valued and celebrated, 14 individuals are being recognized as 2019 Outstanding Volunteers.
Congratulations to our 2019 Outstanding Volunteers, and thank you to everyone who serves on behalf of Spirit AeroSystems to help, grow and connect our communities!
Don is recognized for his inspirational support of STEM development and awareness in our local schools through his involvement in the Kansas BEST and the BEST Regional Championship for the past seven years. He has also supported the Society of Women Engineers EXPO in order to expose youth to STEM-related concepts and career possibilities for the past four years. He has routinely represented Spirit in hosting our Engineering for a Day event. Don also is the executive sponsor on Spirit’s STEM advisory board providing leadership and direction for Spirit’s involvement in our communities.
Joe has volunteered to lead his team’s annual Toy Drive/Adopt-A-Family. They started in 2018 with goal of $760 and with Joe’s inspiration and leadership, they were able to raise $1,893. In 2019, Joe again volunteered to lead the team building collaboration with some friendly competition between the 4 teams and they were able to adopt 3 families and raise $1,625.
Sarah co-leads the Society of Women Engineer’s Annual Engineering Expo event. It is a free hands-on engineering event that had over 2100 kids in attendance in 2019. She helps lead the team that works year-round preparing for this event. Sarah can also be counted on to volunteer when someone is needed – in 2019, she was involved with the For Kids’ Sake campaign steering team, the Friends of Doc gala, and WSU Engineering Open House. She won Young Engineer of the Year award from the Wichita Council of Engineering Societies.
Daniel has been an active volunteer for over 9 years. He currently serves as the Team Spirit Focal and Community Outreach Team Lead for IPB2. Donations collected from multiple events held throughout 2019 totaled $9,465.00. In 2019, Dan served as the Co-chair for the Tools for Schools Campaign, volunteered at BOOtanica, participated in the Spirit River Trash Round Up event and is a regular Red Cross blood donor. In addition, Daniel also serves as a SPEEA Council Representative and volunteer.
Stace Allen is a member of the Tulsa Facilities team. With less than 2 years of service, Stace has already made a huge impact by leading and volunteering on multiple projects for Spirit Oklahoma. In 2019, Stace went above and beyond in her support of the 2019 Heart Walk and the United Way Day of Caring. Stace spearheaded the development of the Monarch Conservation and Pollinator Garden, was a regular participant at the Tulsa Food Bank, and was a key driver for her building for the Angel Tree and Toys for Tots. Stace has a generous spirit that is demonstrated through her genuine concern for our community.
Jason Surrett is an Assembly Mechanic on the 787 program and the chairperson for the UAW/Spirit Veteran’s Committee. The mission of the committee is to plan events involving or honoring our veterans, and to be an advocate for the concerns and needs of veterans as valuable members of our workforce. Jason plays a key role in every fundraiser and event, and has led the Spirit team in preparing for annual visits to the VA Hospital and the Veterans Parade. He selflessly donates his own time and resources to make sure everything goes off as planned. Jason is passionate in his support of all our veterans. His voice and insights help us identify new opportunities to show our support and gratitude, too.
Conner has brought wonderful enthusiasm to the McAlester Good Neighbor Fund Board and the Employee Business Resource Group (EBRG). He is a relationship builder and has engaged the support of many Spirit employees with his team effort. He was instrumental in the success of the McAlester Family Day helping host the event and leading teams.
Lynn “Downhome” Mattox has committed his time and efforts into the McAlester site, engaging employees and mentoring many. Downhome’s leadership and relationship with others helped to make our McAlester Family Day children’s fishing event a huge success. He has spent many hours of his own time with Pittsburg County Department of Conservation – Earth Day event. Every year at this annual event he shares his knowledge, expertise and love of fishing with over 200 5th grade children from local schools. Downhome’s joy of life and sincerity with others has a true impact on the culture of McAlester.
Kinston, North Carolina, USA
Angela is the site’s Digital Solutions Analyst but she’s more than that. She accepted the challenge to help reinvigorate Kinston’s Employee Business Resource Group (EBRG) and solicited over 40 Volunteers during our Taste of France Food Sampling. With the help of the EBRG, Diversity Council members and all the generous Kinston Employees, the 2019 Dual Holiday Campaign was a huge success - collecting ~$8,000 of toys and bicycles for the Toys for Tots and 722 pounds of food (equivalent to 1,000 meals) and $1300 in donations for the Food Bank of Central and Eastern NC.
Not only is Del a Team Leader for the Sec15 Clean Room Pre-Team/1st Shift, she finds time to help out with Kinston’s community events. She rallied the entire Sec15 Team to submit a team recipe for Diversity Month’s Recipe Challenge, and they won a free pizza party with their entry. Del also assisted in transforming the cafeteria with patriotic decorations during our Veterans Day event. When it comes to helping others, she steps up to the plate.
Anna is pivotal to the success of Team Spirit within the Prestwick site. Anna is keen to help with all Team Spirit events both within the Company time and her own personal time. Anna was key to the success of the foodbank drive during 2019, helping to distribute food boxes, collect donations on site and deliver them to the people in need. She also helped with the Christmas toy collection for the children’s charity, Hillhouse. Additionally Anna helps out at the Charity Burns Supper and bowling tournaments on an annual basis. Furthermore Anna has recently been organizing the Spirit participation in the Kiltwalk, in aid of a local charity ‘A Space to Make Sense of School’. As Anna has experience both within the production and office environment, she has also helped with employee engagement across the Prestwick site. Anna is driven, enthusiastic and always the first to offer her support
The time and effort that Samia puts into volunteer activities in the community are unmatched. Since 2017, Samia has worked to build the volunteering program in St. Nazaire from nothing. In 2019 the number of hours volunteered doubled to 181 hours. Samia’s ideas and execution of them are inspiring.
Mohd. Amin Bin Mohd. Saleh
Amin is a passionate volunteer and a continuous support to Team Spirit for the past three years. He encourages and motivates other employees, especially a group of young Spirit employees, to participate in Team Spirit activities. Amin has also inspired and connected family members to volunteer. He has inspired many Spirit employees to join Team Spirit.
Adlina Binti Zubir
Adlina has demonstrated creative and innovative resolution to challenges for Team Spirit and has led three Spirit community programs in 2019. Adlina also has actively dedicated her time to volunteer for the public service and NGO programs beyond the Spirit. She has been very passionate in participating in programs and activities to other country such as the tsunami disaster in Acheh and the Sampoerna Village People Program in Sabah.