Technical Solutions employee Gina Leza and her husband, Jose, used their boat to rescue stranded neighbors after Hurricane Harvey hit Houston in August of 2017. In the weeks that followed, they also worked at Houston’s command center, providing clothing and other supplies to evacuees.
“Being with families who have lost everything is an extremely emotional experience,” Gina said, “and humbling in ways I previously never understood. Jose and I felt so grateful that we were safe and our home was intact. We didn’t hesitate for a second to do whatever we could to help.”
Newport News Shipbuilding employee William McLaughlin is involved in a number of volunteer activities—from the shipyard’s Earth Day cleanup and annual food drive to Career Pathways and the TATOO tutoring program. He has also donated 97 pints—approximately 12 gallons—of blood to the American Red Cross.
“William is a shipbuilder who has channeled his civic virtues through volunteerism for many years,” said Tom Cosgrove, Newport
News’ manager, corporate citizenship and government relations. “He is devoted to causes bigger than himself and does not underestimate the power of volunteerism and its ability to have the potential to turn a life around.”
Ingalls Shipbuilding employee Donna Melton supports a number of charitable events every year—from Special Olympics of Mississippi’s Summer Games to the Ingalls Day of Caring.
While she participates in a number of fund-raising walks and motorcycle rides, the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk has special meaning for her because her sister and mother-in-law are breast cancer survivors. In 2017, she organized a team that raised $9,500.