As a part of a long-standing tradition, employees in Northrop Grumman’s Innovation Systems sector spent last month giving back to local communities through United Way. Here are a few snapshots from across the country.

Frye Elementary School, Chandler Unified School District, Chandler, Arizona:

Northrop Grumman volunteers and their family members completed several projects to enhance the children's learning environment, including installing a wall ball court and gaga pit area, painting cross walks and bus safety lines, and cleaning and painting picnic tables. The team also donated shelving, filing cabinets, instrument storage shelves and recycle bins. Volunteers worked to spruce up the school grounds by pruning garden boxes, weeding under the portable classrooms and removing dead tree stumps. Rich Straka, launch vehicles division general manager, commended the group's efforts saying, "We do great work here for our defense and launch customers, but it's the work we do here in reaching out to, and improving our local community that makes me the most proud."

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Volunteers and family members at the Frye Elementary School in Chandler, Arizona.

San Diego, California: A team from Northrop Grumman’s Space Components Division donated their time to Habitat for Humanity as a part of the annual "Day of Giving" for the United Way, where they helped dig trenches and clean up local work sites.

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Employees from San Diego, California participate in an annual "Day of Giving" for the Habitat for Humanity.

Lincoln Elementary, Salt Lake City, Utah: Volunteers spent time at Lincoln Elementary School teaching children about space and sprucing up the school grounds. The students asked questions about Northrop Grumman: what the company does, whether people can land on the Sun or Jupiter, and what volunteers have done to be successful in their careers. The volunteers also spent time painting a map of the United States on the playground and refreshing other paintings in the area.

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Volunteers painted a map of the United States on the playground at Lincoln Elementary.

Kearns Children's Center, Kearns, Utah: More than 60 children enjoyed a fun-filled day with Northrop Grumman employees at Kearns Children’s Center which included a carnival, train ride, story time and lunch. A recognized local facility for treating trauma and attachment problems for children under seven, the Children's Center provides comprehensive mental health care to enhance the emotional well-being of infants, toddlers, preschoolers and their families.

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All aboard! Northrop Grumman engineer Craig Rasmussen gives children and staff members a ride.

Pioneer Adult Rehabilitation Center (PARC), Clearfield, Utah: For the past 10 years, employees at Northrop Grumman’s Aerospace Structures Division (ASD) have volunteered their time to create a fun-filled day for adults with special needs at the Pioneer Adult Rehabilitation Center. This year's event had a Hawaiian theme, and everyone received a lei, sunglasses, neon baseball hat, water bottle and fidget spinner. Volunteers helped with a photo booth, which was the highlight of the day as clients enjoyed posing with their Hawaiian goodies. Other activities included a baseball game, face painting and bingo. The clients at PARC look forward to ASD's visit every year and volunteers received lots of hugs from happy clients.

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ASD volunteers look forward to spending time at PARC where they served clients lunch and enjoyed face painting, baseball, bingo and other activities.

Cache Employment Training Center, Logan, Utah: The Cache Employment Training Center has a small fleet of 16 paratransit buses that are used to transport disabled clients to and from the center. Northrop Grumman volunteers spent the morning cleaning the buses – inside and out. Volunteers also washed the center's windows and entry ways and painted a 1,300-square-foot breeze way. Staff and clients of the center were very appreciative of the team's hard work and efforts and offered their thanks throughout the morning. Volunteers were given a tour of the center and learned about the services the center provides.

For more than 50 years, the Cache Employment Training Center has been providing services for individuals with disabilities throughout Cache Valley to help them maximize their vocational and or independent living skills.

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PES principles were used to create an assembly line, which efficiently moved 16 buses through different wash stations to clean them inside and out.  

Box Elder County, Brigham City, Utah: Over 30 employees and family members teamed up with the United Way of Northern Utah, Habitat for Humanity and Proctor and Gamble to beautify neighborhoods in Brigham City. Northrop Grumman volunteers removed trees and cleared debris and garbage from a vacant lot so Habitat for Humanity could break ground on a new home for a single mother with two young children. Volunteers also trimmed shrubs, mowed lawns and pulled weeds to spruce up a mobile home community and park.

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Northrop Grumman volunteers cleaned up a vacant lot in preparation for a new home to be built by Habitat for Humanity.