Anthony Navarrette and A.J. Salazar
Anthony Navarrette and A.J. Salazar, employees at HII’s Technical Solutions division, organize and support a number of volunteer activities in Corpus Christi, Texas. In 2019, they spearheaded a fundraiser for the U.S. Coast Guard Chief Petty Officers Association, collecting gift cards, canned goods and diapers for families affected by the government shutdown.
“I volunteer because of the connection I make with the individuals I assist,” Navarrette said. “I sincerely love people. So, when I get the chance to help others or a cause, I am making a connection that will have an impact on someone’s life!”
Salazar added: “I volunteer to exemplify the values of both the U.S. Army and HII, while building teamwork within the MDIS family, and supporting the Corpus Christi community. We have fun at the events and get to share Christ’s love.”
Tommy Cragg has been an active and valuable part of the Newport News Shipbuilding community throughout his 15 years with the company. Not only does he support Newport News Shipbuilding-sponsored events – including annual food and school supplies drives – he is also a passionate supporter of STEM-related school events.
“Participating in school-related volunteer programs is like watching a seed grow,” he said. “Our interaction with students and the public gives me an opportunity to cultivate young and old minds alike with STEM and shipbuilding.”
Terrence Nellum has been an Ingalls Shipbuilding employee for 21 years, although he truly began to volunteer in 2018 when he was named to the Jackson County United Way Board of Directors. That love of service has spread. He now volunteers for the United Way Campaign Champions Training, Kickoff Event, Final Event, Annual Meeting and Leadership Giving Society.
“Since I began volunteering at United Way, it has opened up my understanding on how important United Way is for humanity,” he said.
Nellum said he believes volunteering brings hope to people who are struggling to find a way out of some hopeless situations.
“As one of the premier shipbuilding companies in the world, we need to set the example in the community and show that we are more than just shipbuilders,” he said. “We are part of the community. And I encourage all of my fellow shipbuilders to volunteer for their cause of choice.”