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The Spirit of Giving
At Spirit AeroSystems, we believe the opportunity to do business in a community comes with a responsibility to give back. Spirit’s corporate values are demonstrated through commitments to key community initiatives, from volunteer activities to corporate- and employee-funded grants.
Volunteering is an integral part of our company culture. Whether it’s serving on the board of a nonprofit or serving meals to the hungry, Spirit employees give generously of their time and talents. Each year, thousands of Spirit employees and their family members volunteer in their communities and raise money for local charities. Recent company-sponsored activities include:
- Mentoring students interested in STEM careers
- Providing school supplies for thousands of U.S. children
- Building homes for low-income families
- Supporting an orphanage in Malaysia
- Refurbishing a children’s respite facility in the U.K.
- Creating memorial and recreational areas in local veterans’ centers
Areas of Focus
Spirit focuses on activities that bring communities together to enhance the quality of life and solve local problems. Specifically, we support projects related to:
- Education: Spirit is committed to supporting access to primary and secondary education through strengthening skills in literacy, STEM2 (science, technology, engineering, math and manufacturing) and higher education opportunities in the engineering, aerospace and manufacturing industry.
- Arts and Culture: Our focus in this area is to improve the quantity and quality of performing and visual arts in our communities, with an emphasis on programs that appeal to a wide range of audiences.
- Civic Engagement and Environment: Spirit invests in civic innovators who help our cities promote workforce and economic development, diversity and multicultural understanding. We also look for environmental programs that focus on education, conservation and recycling.
- Health and Human Services: We target programs that aim to meet the basic needs of citizens in our communities, while providing long-term sustainable solutions for self-sufficiency.
The needs of the community typically outpace the ability to meet them. As a result, we have to be selective about which causes can be included in our participation program. Typically, Spirit AeroSystems does not support endowments, amateur sports, travel, medical research, walks/runs/marathons, camps, competitions, individual school projects or hospitals.
The Good Neighbor Fund is an employee-run nonprofit organization funded through voluntary employee payroll deductions. Spirit employees contribute around $2.5 million annually to local causes. Learn more and apply for a grant here.
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