1,000 Lockheed Martin Employees Volunteer at the Central Florida Camp; Present $5,000 Donation

 From Lockheed Martin

From flooring installation to storm clean-up, Central Florida Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) employees spent their Saturday working at the YMCA of Central Florida’s Camp Wewa as part of the company’s annual Be the Difference Day.

“Many of our Central Florida-based employees have grown up in the area, and have fond memories of spending summers at Camp Wewa,” said Alan Jackson, Month of Giving executive champion and vice president of strike systems at Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control. “It’s truly rewarding to have the opportunity to support our employees’ passion for making a difference in the areas in which we live and work, in a place to which many have a connection.”

Lockheed Martin employees, friends and family spent the day working at the camp’s facilities on more than 50 projects including hurricane clean-up, installing new flooring and a volleyball court, painting, carpentry, landscaping and clearing, and general repairs.

“With about 9,000 employees in the Central Florida area, our company can make a huge difference with our collective efforts,” said Amy Gowder, vice president and general manager at Lockheed Martin Rotary and Mission Systems. “Lockheed Martin has a strong tradition of social responsibility and public service, which is a tradition that links our employees to their communities.”

As part of the event, Lockheed Martin representatives presented Camp Wewa with a check for $5,000.

“Every summer, Camp Wewa serves more than 1,000 children of all ages and provides them with a safe and exciting environment to build lifelong skills and friendships through our values-driven programming,” said Sarah Seaman, Director of Camp Wewa. “We have been a part of the community for more than 70 years and are excited to have such a great partnership with Lockheed Martin, whose employees’ generosity will help us support the camp for future generations to enjoy.”

In 2016, Lockheed Martin employees logged more than 80,000 volunteer hours in the Central Florida community and contributed more than $1.2 million to local charities.

Lockheed Martin hosts its annual Be the Difference Day to support employees connecting with local communities throughout the country.

About Camp Wewa / Central Florida YMCA

Camp Wewa is a 70-acre, all-inclusive, co-ed, overnight and day camp located in Apopka, Florida, operated by the YMCA of Central Florida. The adventure-based, skill development programs offer children aged 8–17 life-altering opportunities to forge new friendships, discover hidden talents and build their own community. YMCA Camp Wewa provides a safe and exciting environment for children to grow in Spirit, Mind and Body through our transformative approach to teaching athletic, camping, artistic and leadership skills.

About Lockheed Martin

Headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland, Lockheed Martin is a global security and aerospace company that employs approximately 97,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services.


  1. I have been looking at Gene Knight Jr.’s website, Apopka Then and Now Facebook, and I see a photo of Rogers Hall at the Methodist Church. That looks so familiar to me, but I am still unsure about that building. If anyone sees this, let me know, if you know about the building. Was this the building next to the Methodist church, on Park Avenue that was due south of the church, that had a sign up that called the building, The Loft that faced Park Avenue? I think it had teen dances and such as that. Does anybody reading this remember The Loft, maybe someone that goes to church there? Is this Rogers building the same building that was The Loft? Let me know here on this website, thanks.

  2. There are so many big debris double loader trucks all around this entire area. One on the side has the words, “Do what is right” and then below that, it has the words, “Come What May”, written in what looks like Old English lettering to me, and several of the big trucks have the words, “Disaster Relief” written on the sides of the trucks.

  3. The city is looking into burning the debris that is collected around the neighborhoods, instead of grinding it into mulch, because they talked at the city council about there is already more than enough mulch in Florida now. They are talking about using “air curtain burners”. I think that was the correct name. It is suppose to be faster than regular burning, and less smoke. It is suppose to be approved by the EPA, I think. They are going to talk about how to get rid of the debris at the next council, and get it figured out. I thought that was already figured out, as to what to do with the wood debris? They said if it is burned the only thing to get rid of is the ashes that are left. I looked it up and some places use the ashes for agricultural products to use in potting soils for plant production. Maybe that is what potash is, I don’t know…

  4. I see that 90 percent of FEMA flood damage claims are denied. Then I read that flood insurance does not pay for water that seeps up from the ground level into the houses, and that it has to be a window blown out, or a roof damaged, for flood insurance claims to even be considered for payment. This seems ridiculous to me. So much of the flooding happens when the water levels rise up due to the heavy rains and flood, and then they don’t pay off????? What a rip-off.

  5. The dog park was packed today around 5:00 today. I haven’t driven by there, and seen that many people and dogs, in a long time. It is a shame all the big old trees that were downed around the dog park area. So many. Also, I was surprised to see a lot of big trees down in the area west of the VFW/Community building too, all around in there.

  6. Let me do some griping about my butterflies, that were all over my yard before the hurricane. The hurricane came, and I thought that will be the end of my pretty butterflies in my yard. I didn’t think about the butterflies, until I saw on tv that up at the University of Florida, they were netting their rare butterflies, and protecting them ahead of the hurricane, and I thought, my butterflies will be killed off. No, after the hurricane, I started see them again, but not quite as many as before the hurricane. Then the county came and sprayed pesticide for the mosquitoes around here. Now I don’t see them at all. I guess the pesticide killed them off! What good is having a butterfly garden, if they kill my butterflies off during aerial spraying of pesticides??? Plus the mosquitoes are still here and biting. Didn’t seem to phase them but for a couple of days….honestly, then they were back.

  7. I had Monarchs, Swallow Tails, pretty solid yellow ones, solid white ones, and some really big ones flying around. That sucks.

  8. I see that someone complained in Ticked Off, in the Orlando Sentinel, the other day, about the new Gator football uniforms, and that they thought they looked like turtles, and that they were ugly, and they were ticked off. I googled them, and clicked on images, and I don’t think they look like turtles at all. The jerseys just look like the hide of a gator’s back. What is wrong with that? I don’t see them as ugly, I think they are actually pretty cool.


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