Message to our Communities
At Huntington Ingalls Industries, we’ve taken to saying we are a company of more dreams than memories. While that is a reference to the work we will do over the next century and beyond, it also applies to the community service we undertake—as a company and as thousands of individuals in communities all over the United States and around the world. After all, what is community service if not a dream for a better future?
At HII, we dream that every child has easy and affordable access to an excellent education, starting in pre-kindergarten. We dream of programs that engage our youth mentally and physically and give them the foundation to make positive choices throughout their lives. We dream of an abundance of healthy foods so no one ever has to go to bed hungry or sick. And we dream of clean neighborhoods and waterways—places we all take pride in preserving for future generations.
In 2017, HII contributed more than $3.8 million to these endeavors and many, many more that all have one thing in common: They improve people’s lives—individually and collectively.
While I’m proud to note these monetary contributions, it’s HII’s employees—nearly 38,000 of them in 42 states and Washington, D.C.—that have an even greater impact. The diverse men and women who work at our Ingalls, Newport News and Technical Solutions divisions and our corporate office go from their very demanding full-time jobs to thousands of volunteer commitments that help make their communities great places to live.
I would be remiss if I didn’t mention that many of our employees and their families were impacted by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria in 2017. HII donated $150,000 to the American Red Cross after these natural disasters, but HII’s employees donated more than $165,000 of their own money to the Red Cross, The Salvation Army and OneAmericaAppeal.org through cash donations and a voluntary leave-based donation program. Their response following the storms is just the latest example of HII employees stepping up to offer help whenever and wherever it’s needed.
I hope this “Report to the Community” demonstrates the breadth and depth of HII’s charitable efforts in 2017. More importantly, I hope it is evidence that we are guided by our dreams of making the amazing communities where we live and work even better.
Our Charitable Investments
Huntington Ingalls Industries is America’s largest military shipbuilding company and a provider of professional services to partners in government and industry. For more than a century, HII’s Newport News and Ingalls shipbuilding divisions in Virginia and Mississippi have built more ships in more ship classes than any other U.S. naval shipbuilder. HII’s Technical Solutions division provides a wide range of professional services through its Fleet Support, Integrated Missions Solutions, Nuclear & Environmental, and Oil & Gas groups. Headquartered in Newport News, Virginia, HII employs nearly 38,000 people operating both domestically and internationally.
2017 Report to the Community
Ingalls Shipbuilding employee Albert Williams works on the floor of a house being renovated by Habitat for Humanity of the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Photo by Lance Davis/HII