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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.

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